Not many companies can claim that they are an integral part of one of Australia's most recognised sports events. Yet, that’s exactly the bragging rights Active Air Rentals has when it comes to their line-up of air conditioning units and specially qualified service staff.
The Australian Open Tennis is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held each year. Beginning in 1905, it was contested on grass until 1987 and since 1988, the tournament has been held on hard courts at Melbourne Park. Held in the middle of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is famous for hot days.
An extreme-heat policy is put into play when temperatures (and humidity) reach high levels. Moreover, the Australian Open typically has very high attendances, with the 2010 Australian Open achieving the highest ever single-day day/night attendance record for any Grand Slam tournament of 77,043 and an overall attendance of
Being used to controlling the heat and humidity for premium sporting events like the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open Golf, meant that Active Air has a serious pedigree to draw on--
so much so that the company has been keeping the Australian Open tennis cool with air conditioning units for the past 10 years.
According to David Bowers, Active Air Victorian State Manager, the relationship between Tennis Australia, which runs the Australian Open, and Active Air is one based on mutual respect.
In the end, the tennis event used all up over 100 air conditioners, fans and evaporative coolers in a variety of areas including the marquees, Point of Sale outlets, player chill out rooms, photojournalist areas and walkways Along with those applications, there were of course the server rooms, which the event co-sponsor IBM stipulated had to kept at constant ambient temperatures, which also meant that Active Air had to have air conditioning units in those areas as well.
So all those servers that controlled the lighting, the communications equipment and of course the Hawkeye line sensors were all kept operating thanks to Active Air's portable air conditioners. David Bowers says that the 2-week Australian Open went off without a hitch, as Active Air and its equipment worked like a Swiss watch, not missing a beat and always performing to the utmost specifications. Furthermore, he points out that, “The organisers of the Open like us because we are reliable and also because of our ability to solve problems”.
This view is backed up Mr. Pedro Gallo, Tennis Australia's Site Co-ordinator, who points out that, “Being Summer, the temperatures can easily reach the mid-30's, which means in the marquees and other closed areas, the temperatures could readily hit the mid-40's or even close to 50 degrees celcius, so these air conditioners are not only for comfort, they are also essential for the safety of our patrons”.