Helsinki, Finland: Leading underground soil monitoring specialists Soil Scout has entered a strategic partnership with principal turf grow lighting supplier Turf Lightning Solutions (TLS).
Effective immediately, the partnership comes at an exciting time for both companies who are experiencing significant worldwide growth in the sports turf and golf course industries.
The strategic partnership will see Soil Scout’s real-time soil monitoring data available via its open API on Turfpal – TLS’s flagship web-based software.
Developed with ease-of-use in mind, Turfpal has become the most comprehensive management software option for football, golf, rugby or any sports arena with a natural turf surface.
Remote turf management, monitoring and control 24/7 via PC, tablet or smartphone give sports turf professionals the tools required to better manage, operate, prepare and budget for their grounds and turf maintenance.
All new TLS’s lighting rigs are Turfpal compatible providing customers with online monitoring and operation of rigs at any time from anywhere.
“Soil Scout are really lucky to have found another leading sports turf company that shares our same vision and objectives as we strive to bring innovative technology and sustainability to the industry,” said Adam Sedgwick, VP of International Sales at Soil Scout, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“This strategic partnership will be a real game-changer for TLS customers who are looking to enhance their real-time maintenance practices based upon our data,” he added.
Soil Scout CEO Jalmari Talola said: “Understanding what happens under the turf is critical if pitches are to reach their true potential. When it comes to sports turf professionals, their challenge is real – to maintain extremely high-quality pitches while facing pressures to cut water consumption and act in an environmentally sustainable way.
“Our partnership with TLS Turfpal will see Soil Scout sensors strategically buried across sports venues, giving sports turf professionals an instant understanding into what’s happening below their soils. These insights will be added to the Turfpal platform allowing them to see everything happening at their venue – and be able to plan their day’s work, before they set foot outside.”
TLS Chief Executive Officer Edd Tveit said: “TLS’s mission is to offer turf growth through science. Through our partnership with Soil Scout our Turfpal platform now includes live soil data 24/7, even during on-going matches and events. The data will help secure a good looking, high playing quality sports turf.”
Mark Sinnett, Director Business Development for TLS, added: “Having Soil Scout on board allows us to give full analysis of what’s happening under the soil with temperatures, moisture and salinity to help assist the quality above the soil with the use of the TLS lighting rigs and TLS turf fans.”