Orange Business Services deploys IoT for golf club in Norway
Golf club Haga Golf in Oslo, Norway has selected Orange Business Services to implement Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to help make its golf course management smarter, the latter said in a release.
The Orange IoT solution will support the transformation of costly, labor-intensive greenskeeping duties and ensure optimal course conditions throughout the season, the French firm said. The implementation of Orange IoT Connect Anywhere solution will allow the European golf club to transform its course maintenance.
Keeping golf courses in good condition is a major issue for many golf clubs in Northern Europe, where weather can be volatile; course maintenance priorities vary considerably during the seasons, Orange noted. While monitoring soil moisture for safe irrigation and monitoring temperature to avoid grass burn and conductivity as an indicator of fertilizer levels are vital during the summer season, the handling of oxygen levels is more important in the winter and drives protective actions, Orange Business Services said.
The IoT solution provides end-to-end secure connectivity between sensors installed on the course and a data management platform. The information provided by these sensors is then turned into actionable insight through Live Objects, the Orange Business Services IoT and analytics platform.
The autonomous sensor monitoring system from Orange will help Haga Golf greenskeepers track and understand the changing weather conditions, which will enable them to keep the greens in the best condition possible, the carrier said.
“The greenskeeping function is critical to us, and we see great benefits in this tailored IoT sensor solution. We have started an innovative collaboration with Orange where our employees can work more efficiently, and our members can use the course more often,” said Erik Solberg, general manager for Haga Golf.
“Haga Golf is an excellent example of how an organization can use smart technology to solve time-consuming duties. Haga Golf has paved the way for other golf courses and organizations with similar issues, such as public park maintenance, to improve efficiencies and costs through the connected world of IoT,” said Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president for Europe at Orange Business Services.
Orange Business Services launched the IoT Connect Anywhere solution in October 2018. The solution is a low-power wide-area network (LPWA) connectivity offering based on LoRa technology. IoT Connect Anywhere provides on-premise connectivity suitable for a range of applications, including energy and fluid management, on-site tracking, geo-fencing, waste control, environmental metering, lighting and parking monitoring in smart cities.
Orange Business Services highlighted that the IoT-based offering does not require any major hardware investment.