What are technologies used in FIFA World Cup 2022?
On November 20, the 2022 FIFA World Cup 2022 made its debut with technologies never seen before. With extensive AI technologies, sensors integrated inside footballs, an advanced stadium cooling system, and much more, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is one of the most technologically advanced sporting events in history. This article will discuss some new technology used in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
New Technology Used In FIFA Worldcup 2022
Official Match Ball – Al Rihla
Manufactured by Adidas, Al Rihla was announced as the official match ball of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This edition of the FIFA World Cup ball is one of the most advanced football. The ball consists of a performance-tracking device designed by the German company KINEXON.
The device has been extensively tested for six years by FIFA. The device consists of an ultra-wideband Sensor (UWB) and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which helps to provide real-time position and motion data. In addition, football pitches are installed with a Local Positioning System (LPS), which gives real-time transmission needed to monitor player and team performance. The sensors in the ball provide 3D spatial data in real-time that improves tactical understanding, supports officiating, and much more.
Semi-Automatic Offside Technology
The World Cup in Qatar has the most advanced offside technology ever seen by football fans. This advanced offside technology is made possible with the help of advanced dedicated cameras that are mounted underneath the stadiums. These cameras are responsible for capturing the 29 data points of each player and also tracking the Official Match Ball.
These 29 points are the part of the body that a player can use to score a goal in a match, and with the transmission of these data 50 times per second, offsides can be judged more precisely than ever. These positional data points also help to generate 3D animations that are shown to the match officials as well as being broadcasted over the world.
Advanced Stadium Cooling System
To battle, the scorching temperature of Qatar, the engineer of Qatar has been working on advanced cooling systems implemented in seven of eight stadiums that will host the official games of the World Cup. The air in the stadium is drawn inside pipes and vents in different parts of the stadium.
Then the air is cooled, filtered, and pushed back to the stadium. Underneath each spectator’s seat, an outlet is installed, ensuring cool air to the fans. Furthermore, sensors are used around the stadium to adjust and keep the temperature constant.
FIFA Player App
Successfully tested in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, FIFA has developed the FIFA Player App, which will be used for the first time in the World Cup. The app provides individual player-performance data that can be analyzed shortly after the match. The app provides enhanced football data metrics that are calculated using enhanced event data, advanced performance analysis, and data provided by tracking sensors.
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Physical performance metrics are another data metric collected through cameras responsible for tracking. The data provided includes distance covered, maximum speeds, and much more. Lastly, the app provides Enhanced Football Intelligence Metrics that provide phase of play, line-breaking events, receiving locations, and pressure applied to the opposing teams.
These rigorous data will be synchronized with the footage of all key moments of individual players, using different camera angles. Additionally, each player will be provided with multiple action photographs taken during key moments of each match.
Implementation of Technology For Visually Impaired Fans – Bonocle and Feelix Palm
To give the experience of excitement of the World Cup to the visually impaired football fans, as experienced by everyone else, the 2022 FIFA World Cup uses Bonocle and Feelix Palm technology.
These are two different technologies that are helpful for visually impaired individuals. The Monocle founders twitted that “Bonocle will enable the Blind Community all over the world to experience the World Cup in 2022 in new ways, including their ability to move around Doha with fewer restrictions, and more freedom to navigate and interact.”
On the other hand, Feelix palm will provide braille-like messages to the users without restricting their physical movements or hearing.
Cameras and Algorithms
More than 15,000 cameras are used in the stadium of Qatar. These cameras are distributed in all the eight stadiums which will host the official match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. These cameras will be responsible for tracking the people’s movements inside the stadiums.
Advanced algorithms are being used and are analyzed by the highly trained command-and-control team to track crowd patterns. The data being used for these algorithms include ticket sales and places where people enter.
These algorithms will help the command-and-control team from preventing stampedes that may occur in stadiums. Furthermore, the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, which will host the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is integrated with face recognition technologies that will help to track individual fans.