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Football club’s IoT sports lights are a world first

The Internet Protocol-controlled floodlighting at Sparta ’25 football club can be controlled by officials and players using smart phones.

A Dutch football club has become the first in the world to install IoT-connected sports lighting.

The training ground of Sparta ’25 in the south of Holland now boasts Internet Protocol-controlled floodlighting which can be controlled by officials and players using smart phones.

Club manager, Brechje Biemans told Lux: ‘We’ve installed two training fields with18 floodlights. Thanks to the system we can easily control the LED lighting on each sports field’. 

The LED lighting system features three settings, ’match’ with 100 per cent lighting, ’training’ with 50 per cent dimming and ‘comfort’ with 10 per cent illumination.

There is secure, personalised authorisation for facility managers and trainers to control the lighting. The system allows only only part of a pitch to be lit during training. In addition, the system has the ability to build reports on lighting and energy usage, giving data and intelligence with which to reduce energy costs and make more informed operational decisions. There is also a standard control panel in the dressing rooms as an alternative.

The luminaires are the OptiVision LED gen2 from Philips and the control system is PerfectPlay, also from Philips.

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