FLOODLIGHTS at six sports fields within the City of Wanneroo are being controlled by mobile phones in a bid to save power and money.
Following a trial at Wanneroo Showground, the City has implemented an SMS floodlight control system at Gumblossom Park in Quinns Rocks, Riverlinks Parks in Clarkson, Carramar’s Houghton Park, Butler’s Kingsbridge Park and Ridgewood Park in Merriwa.
The system allows clubs to manage the lights via SMS at pre-determined times so they are only used when required and lighting for individual pitches can also be manipulated at Gumblossom Park.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said traditionally floodlights at sports fields were controlled by switches at set times each week and often lights would be on when nobody was sing the fields.
“The system has only been in use at the new sites for just over one month, but already we can see savings in power usage,” she said.
“It is so pleasing that we can reduce the carbon footprint by using this simple SMS technology.”
Quinns Football Club secretary Rachel Bryden manages lighting for the club at Gumblossom and Riverlinks parks and was pleased with the system.
“I’m able to control them during the week and only turn them on when we really need them,” she said.
“It’s a really simple and easy system to use.”
Previously Ms Bryden would have to manually turn off the lights when they were not needed but now could do it from anywhere.
“I could be in Bali and all I need to do is send a text message,” she said.
The system will also roll out to Lake Joondalup Park in Wanneroo, Landsdale’s Warradale Park, Hudson Park in Girrawheen, Koondoola’s Shelvock Park and Oldham Park in Yanchep this financial year.