TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO THE QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP
With just months to go until the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, thousands of fans are waiting to watch their national teams in one of the most controversial World Cups of the new soccer.
Unlike other World Cups, this one incorporates new technological features that will enhance the fan experience in all areas. The World Cup will be held in November and December, as Qatar’s climate prevents it from being held earlier due to high temperatures.
Stadiums have had to be designed with cooling systems capable of creating a pleasant environment for both players and fans. The optimum temperature of these systems is around 26 degrees, so that matches can take place as satisfactorily as possible. However, they also include an intelligent air-conditioning system, and vary the temperature according to the number of fans present in the stadium.
On the other hand, the stadium roofs can be opened and closed to prevent weather conditions from disrupting the matches. Qatar 2022 project manager Yasir Al Jamal said, «Stadium seats will be cooled using air pumped from the spectator’s ankle area at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius,» he said.
With such an exaggerated use of air conditioning, one would think that a lot of energy would be consumed. However, by having a power plant for each stadium, it is expected that this will reduce the energy consumed by 50%.
The main idea is that, based on each stadium’s power plant, the ideal temperature will be maintained for the match to be played in the best conditions.
Qatar is committed to a sustainable World Cup through carbon-neutral technologies. To make this possible, they have adopted measures to drastically reduce the emission of these gases by placing solar panels around the stadiums.
Thanks to the use of this type of energy, the stadiums will be efficiently cooled and will serve as an example for other countries.
FIFA presented the decision that a new technology, more efficient and independent of human judgment, will be used in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It is a simplified VAR or ROBO-TES, a smaller scale software that is easier to acquire and use in lower divisions due to its low price.
This system tracks 29 points of the player when deciding whether he is offside or not. This tool scans the image and the bodies of the players, thus transmitting the information to the referees in less than a second.
Thus, the referees will only use the VAR to check that the player in question interfered in the game or hindered the opponent. The rest will be taken care of by the software itself.
However, the figure of the referee will not lose its importance in the game, but will remain an indispensable figure, and he will determine the final decision.
Innovation is also present in this World Cup, the Ras Abu Aboud stadium is an example of this. From the beginning, it was developed with sustainable and dismountable materials. In this way, it can be dismantled and transported, or in turn, any type of extension can be made in a very short space of time.
The Al Bayt stadium has more than 20% recycled materials, and is one of the most prepared stadiums in the country. Innovation is also present in this World Cup, the Ras Abu Aboud stadium is an example of this. From the beginning, it was developed with sustainable and dismountable materials. In this way, it can be dismantled and transported, or in turn, any type of extension can be made in a very short space of time.
The Al Bayt stadium has more than 20% recycled materials, and is one of the most prepared stadiums in the country.
INCLUSION IN QATAR
The Qatar World Cup will welcome people who, due to their circumstances, are unable to attend sporting events and enjoy themselves with the public. To do so, they will make use of a sensory room offering an ideal environment for people with autism and neurobehavioral disorder. The existence of this type of sensory room helps soccer to transcend all kinds of barriers, so that all fans can enjoy it.
Director of Community Communication, Miaad Al Abady said: «With such rooms present in the stadiums, these children and their families can now enjoy the matches in a safe space with excellent equipment. We are very happy to provide the opportunity for the children to enjoy the events«.
All in all, the Qatar World Cup is expected to mark a new era in soccer, all thanks to technology. At the same time, it is expected to set an example with the use of renewable energies, since Qatar is one of the countries that emits the most tons of CO2.