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The Technology Powering Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022

A series of technology firsts will help make the World Cup a more immersive event for football fans, boost Qatar’s sustainability credentials, and help to keep the scorching heat at bay.

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Qatar is the smallest nation to host a World Cup tournament, and it’s also the first Middle Eastern country with the same honor. As well as being notable as an “out of season” event, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will also feature several technological innovations.

Here are some of the more exciting examples we’ve unearthed so far:

Robo-Ref

The most notable feature of Qatar 2022 will likely be the high-tech match balls, which have been upgraded with FIFA’s “Semi-Automated Offside Technology”, an enhanced version of existing VAR systems (video assistant referees).

The official ball of the tournament is called “Al Rihla” (Arabic for “The Journey”) and is packed with the latest Adidas Suspension System, which can log its position on the pitch at a staggering 500 times per second. Each venue will be installed with 12 dedicated cameras to monitor the ball position and 29 points of each player’s body, with AI processing data in real time.

As well as helping with contentious match decisions, the new technology will also be used to create dynamic replay animations that can be displayed during broadcasts, or on the big screens of the event’s stadiums.

Advanced Stadium-Cooling

The temperatures of a Qatari summer are no joke at the best of times, and could prove debilitating for spectators and potentially deadly for pro footballers.

Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani from Qatar University‘s College of Engineering has come up with an answer that mimics how a car’s air-con system works. The ingenious invention uses a mixture of insulation and “targeted cooling” through grills in the stands and nozzles on the pitch. The result is improved air circulation, which can be filtered, cooled to 18 degrees Celsius, and pushed back into the stadium.

The technology is thought to be up to 40% more sustainable than a traditional cooling system. It only needs to be used two hours before an event, reducing energy consumption considerably over conventional methods. Along with high-tech retractable roofing, Dr. Saud hopes that stadiums around the globe will eventually adopt his inventions.

A Lego-Style Stadium

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is undoubtedly the most prestigious venue of the FIFA World Cup 2022 event. However, another stadium at Ras Abu Aboud, known as “Stadium 974,” takes the prize for ingenuity.

Qatar’s government was keen to avoid building venues that were of limited appeal to the community after the event had finished. To that end, Stadium 974 is the first collapsible venue to feature in the World Cup, being constructed from repurposed shipping containers.

The 974 containers (hence the name) have been modified to hold seating, bathrooms, and every other element of a stadium, with the intention that they can either be rebuilt into several smaller venues or sent overseas for future events.

According to FIFA, the Stadium 974 concept brings a new level of sustainability to football stadium design. However, it should be noted that the vast Lusail Iconic Stadium will also eventually be repurposed as the centerpiece of a new metropolis to be known as Lusail City. The stadium’s infrastructure is set to be converted into a community space, with schools, shops, cafés, sporting facilities, and health clinics.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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