Rod Laver Arena is home to one of the world’s major tennis championships, the first Grand Slam tournament each year- the Australian Open.

Metra Aus service team have supported Tennis Australia (TA) and their player lockers at the venue for several years.  As an upgrade to the facility, the decision was made in 2021 that the old battery locks needed to be replaced.

TA approached Metra Aus with the request to upgrade their 750 player lockers to a smarter, hardwired, reliable and eco friendly system. A high priority for TA was that the software had to be easy to use and provide up to date, real time reporting for the event management team. This can all be done via our locker management software.

We installed our Metra Electronic Locking system as a Centralised solution across the 4x change rooms in Rod Laver Arena. Each changeroom included 2x centralised RFID readers which are configured so the players can access their assigned locker/s via their building access card.

During the retrofit our team had to design a solution to adapt the joinery to house the lock and cable at the base of each individual locker and ensure there was nothing that would interfere with the use of the locker. The end result is a sleek look and seamless operation, you don’t even realise that this is a retrofit.

The management software makes it easy for the event team to allocate single or multiple lockers to each player, run reports and monitor usage of the lockers.

With the hardwired lockers now 100% online, our service team are able provide around the clock support, However, in this instance, having our expert technicians locally available was imperative for the Tennis Aus team. Now our team can provide efficient remote service or attend site when required.

We wouldn’t want Ash Barty to have her racquet stuck in a locker right before the final!

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