Toyota Stadium also invests in LEDs to support flicker-free UHD 4K broadcast
Dutch company Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has installed its connected lighting system Interact Sports at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi, Japan.
The company highlighted that this is the first outdoor stadium in Japan to install connected LED pitch lighting in combination with high performance Philips ArenaVision LEDs. Unique in the project was the use of robotic measurement while installing the connected lighting system, Signify said.
The robotic measurement is part of Signify’s commissioning method. It helps to reduce installation time and improves accuracy compared to traditional measurement methods. Aiming of floodlights, horizontal illuminance, color temperature and rendering are just a few of the components put to the test. The total service package installed in Japan’s first LED outdoor stadium includes software-based lighting design, 3D visualization and video aiming.
Already in operation in numerous stadiums around the world, Signify’s innovative LED lighting system brings an immersive bowl lighting experience by integrating color changing floodlights alongside entertainment lighting moving color spots. The new lighting meets the broadcast standards for flicker-free Ultra-HD 4K television and super slow-motion action replays. Stadiums that already use Interact Sports include Wanda Metropolitano stadium of Atlético de Madrid 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 Interact Sports Lighting management software to control and manage Philips ArenaVision LED Field of Play lighting. It combines seven different light distribution characteristics which make it possible to design lighting best suited for each player’s action, Signify said.
Last week, Signify has agreed to acquire WiZ Connected, developers of the WiZ Wi-Fi-based connected lighting ecosystem. The addition of WiZ enables Signify to enter the Wi-Fi-based smart lighting market.
“We are very pleased to join forces with the teams of WiZ Connected who have developed a great technology platform enabling us to address a larger customer base in the growing market of Wi-Fi-based lighting. It perfectly complements Signify’s existing offers and will help us to continue to deliver an experience rich in light and intuitive in use for our customers,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify.
“We are pleased to be part of Signify, the world leader in lighting. WiZ is an open IoT platform, accessible to all lighting and electrical vendors, providing the benefits of connected devices to all end-users,” said Jean-Eudes Leroy, CEO of WiZ Connected. “Together with Signify, we will reach a large audience of unaddressed customers with our easy-to-use, scalable solution.”
WiZ Connected is headquartered in Hong Kong. Its 53 staff members will continue to sell Wi-Fi-based connected lamps and luminaires across the world under its own brand name.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Financial data of the transaction was not disclosed.