Robots commission lights at Rugby World Cup stadium

THE MARCH of the robots has reached the lighting industry. In a world first, robots sped up the installation time for the pitch lighting at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi, Japan, one of the stadiums earmarked for the Rugby World Cup this autumn.

By marching across the playing field and taking a range of measurements –  including beam direction, horizontal illuminance, colour temperature and colour rendering – the robots helped lighting engineers rapidly configure the seven different light distribution characteristics of the 554 LED luminaires.

By marching across the playing field and taking a range of measurements –  including beam direction, horizontal illuminance, colour temperature and colour rendering – the robots helped lighting engineers rapidly configure the seven different light distribution characteristics of the 554 LED luminaires.

It’s believed the robotic technique could also be applied to other wide-area installations where precision lighting is required, such as other sports facilities as well as airports, manufacturing facilities, street lighting and factories.

Toyota Stadium is the first outdoor stadium in Japan to install connected LED pitch lighting in combination with Philips ArenaVision LEDs.

The total service package installed in Japan’s first LED outdoor stadium includes software-based lighting design, 3D visualisation and video aiming.

The lighting is designed to bring an ‘immersive’ lighting experience by integrating colour-changing floodlights alongside moving colour spots, which are more familiar from the entertainment industry.

The lighting meets stringent broadcast standards for flicker-free ultra-HD 4K television and super slow-motion action replays so that people at home can clearly see every detail and emotion on the pitch. Stadiums that already use Interact Sports include Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano and Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

 Toyota Stadium upgraded its pitch floodlights with 554 energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures across its 45,000-seat stadium.

It uses the Interact Sports Lighting management software to control and manage Philips ArenaVision LED Field of Play (pitch) lighting. It combines seven different light distribution characteristics which make it possible to design lighting best suited for each player’s action.

 

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