The most innovative technologies at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar 9

The most innovative technologies at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Semi-automatic offside technology

Qatar 2022 will be the first FIFA Men’s World Cup to use semi-automatic offside technology, in an effort to improve the speed and accuracy of decisions.

The new technology uses 12 specialized tracking cameras mounted underneath the stadium roof to track the ball.

Adidas Al Rihla’s official World Cup match ball also has an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor that will be placed in the center of the ball.

This sensor sends data about the ball to the video operations room, 500 times per second, allowing for very precise detection of the launch point.

By combining limb tracking and ball tracking data, and applying artificial intelligence, the new technology provides automatic offside warnings to match officials inside the control room.

Stadium cooling technology

Even though the World Cup event in Qatar will be held from November to December, temperatures in the Gulf are still likely to reach around 26⁰C.

To lower the temperature to a moderate level of 18-24⁰C, stadiums have been equipped with cooling technology, giving fans and players a more comfortable space to play and watch matches.

Al Wakrah Stadium was inspired by the sails of the Arab people – Photo: ITP.NET

Mr. Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani (nicknamed `Dr. Cool`, of Qatar Technical University) developed a cooling system, incorporating the use of insulation materials.

Sensors around the stadium will keep temperatures constant and regulate airflow for shaded or outdoor seating.

Through air circulation technique, warm air will be drawn into the stadium’s cooling system.

FIFA Player App

With the FIFA Player App (a player performance evaluation app), players at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be able to better understand their on-field performance through this app.

The most innovative technologies at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA Player app interface on phone – Photo: ITP.NET

The App will integrate input from professional footballers, in collaboration with FIFPRO, the global representative of professional footballers.

The FIFA Player app will give each player the opportunity to access data about their performance immediately after each match.

Supporting technology: Bonocle and Feelix Palm

Public accessibility is an important factor for any event, and the World Cup is no exception.

To make the FIFA World Cup in Qatar more inclusive and accessible, event organizers used Bonocle – the world’s first braille entertainment platform with all the technology to assist the visually impaired

The most innovative technologies at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Feelix Palm technology for the blind – Photo: FEELIX

The platform has transcoding functions to assist the visually impaired, so they can enjoy and experience the events of the World Cup 2022 just like everyone else.

Another technology called Feelix Palm will be used during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Using electrical pulses, the technology works through tactile communication devices in the palm of the hand, to transmit braille-like messages to the visually impaired.

ElPalm

Organizers want to ensure that the audience is constantly connected.

The most innovative technologies at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

ElPalm technology helps people access the Internet – Photo: I LOVE QATAR

It’s a wind turbine with solar panels that not only provides shade for fans but also gives them access to USB charging docks and WiFi.

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