AFCON 2019: Pitch watering via mobile phone under study

AFCON 2019: Pitch watering via mobile phone under study

Cameroonian authorities are considering the employment of a pitch-watering technology which is enabled by mobile phones.

If adopted, the system could be used during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations holding in the country.

A delegation from Israeli firm Blue Power, which manufactures and markets the device, paid a visit Cameroon’s sports minister Bidoung Mkpatt for its presentation.

“What we propose is very simple. It is a device that works with solar panels and that automatically loads through a pump that returns water to proceed with the watering of lawns and playgrounds for the practice of football,” said Blue Power CEO Philippe Strauss.

“There is no complication. No need for electric power. It is a completely innovative product, which is managed by an electronic card. One can also manage with a mobile phone, which allows the watering of the play areas from a distance.

“There is no maintenance to be done on the facilities. We just supply the equipment and Politium batteries, which are latest generation. Batteries that will have to be changed after eight or ten years,” he said.

The minister was happy with the presentation and promised to convene his collaborators from the technical department to test the system in view of adopting it for the 2019 Afcon.

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