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Lynxight Drowning Prevention Technology enters the Australian market

Lynxight Drowning Prevention Technology enters the Australian market
March 21, 2023

Lynxight, a groundbreaking Israeli pool software and analytics service now used throughout Europe and the USA, has entered the Australian market at multiple BlueFit managed aquatic locations in Melbourne and Sydney.

While the use of technology to assist lifeguards is not yet considered standard practice in Australia, BlueFit chose to implement Lynxight in 2022 in five pilot locations starting at the Windy Hill Fitness Centre in Essendon, with a plan to roll this out further.

BlueFit National Operations Manager, Tommy Hughes commented “this summer provided the most near misses and rescues in our 16 year history.

“Post COVID our lifeguards are younger, harder to keep on task and are more fatigued covering staff shortages.

“They do embrace technology and are feeling more comfortable having this system running through the CCTV and feeding head counts and alerts to their watches. It doesn't remove the risk and does come with limitations, however it's allowed us to consider different lifeguard levels and vary site supervision plans"

BlueFit Director and Chief Executive, Todd McHardy added "results are showing that even experienced lifeguards actively looking for the submersed patron in testing mode are picking up less than half of what the system is. AI technology is a tremendous addition to assist our lifeguards and using this platform will have greater benefits as that technology improves further.

“It will never replace lifeguards as they're often managing behaviour, however staffing will reduce by up to 20% in some locations. In our non-council dedicated learn to swim venues where the Pool Deck Coordinator is lifeguard qualified but distracted by parents and assessments, this system reduces risk significantly."

BlueFit Chief Technology Officer, Roland Karoliny went on to say "as we centralise as much data and operational management as possible, we've been working with the Lynxight team on new alerts and dashboards to enhance the use of this system.

“Our central support team will soon see alerts and vision live so to ensure the local teams are adequately responding. Furthermore, we're about to save on utilities as we connect Lynxight to our Energy Management Systems, to feed head count information through and turn pumps back in quiet times. And the increased usage data we're now accessing live is amazing."

The co-founder and Commercial Lead of Lynxight will be in Melbourne at Windy Hill on Friday 24th March and Sydney at the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre on Monday 27th March to showcase the system to others in the industry.

Those interested in attending should contact Eyal Amit on email: eyal@lynxight.com

Images courtesy of Lynxight.

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