The state of Qatar is preparing to host the World Cup for the first time in the history of the Arab world and the Middle East from 21 November to 18 December this year 2022. This will be the second edition of the World Cup. held in Asia, after the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Established in 2002.
Qatar won the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a historic event that writes golden letters in the history of the young and ambitious country.
More than a million fans from around the world are expected to flock to watch the World Cup matches and support their teams. In this context, the state of Qatar has spared no effort to ensure that these thousands of fans, in addition to accompanying players and administrators, will compete; A unique experience that reflects the ancient Arab culture, and the progress and prosperity that Qatar has achieved.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing is the advanced technologies and modern technology, many of which will be used for the first time in history in the Arab World Cup in Qatar.
Artificial intelligence helps referees in Qatar World Cup
The referees’ decisions in the World Cup matches have been the subject of many dialogues, discussions and disputes over many years, following many controversial decisions taken by the referees in these matches, such as: Did the ball cross the goal line in the last match of the World Cup in 1966 ?, or the goal Diego Maradona scored with his hand in the famous match between Argentina and England in the 1986 World Cup, which led to some of the decisions made by the video referees in the World Cup in Russia was taken in 2018. All of these controversial decisions are still under discussion, and fans who watched those games will not forget them as long as they survived, as author Steve Pearce mentioned in a recent report by Forbes magazine has been published.
In fact, the referees need all the help they can get, and at the moment, as we approach the World Cup to be held in Qatar, they are on the verge of getting the help of artificial intelligence to help them get the manage matches.
The author points out that FIFA (International Football Association) has been experimenting for the past few years with the use of “stealth technology” to track players’ hands and feet, a technology that uses artificial intelligence along with a series of cameras that the stadium is sent. follow the players’ limbs, and instantly create virtual sidelines for referees, and this technology has so far been used in the Club World Cup and the Arab Soccer Cup, recently held in the state of Qatar, and FIFA intends to use it in the Qatar World Cup 2022 .
Given all the problems with VAR technology currently being used in stadiums, there may be concerns about the use of AI in football, but Dr Patrick Lucy, chief scientist at sports data company Stats Perform. In statements to Forbes magazine, he said, “FIFA’s approach when it comes to locating the parties used in this offensive technique is the right one.”
He explains that “instead of making fully automated decisions, artificial intelligence is used to give accurate measurements and create margins that previously had to be drawn by hand, and that eliminates human error, and that does not mean that human factor is completely absent, as the referee or assistant referee may look at.The image created by the artificial intelligence immediately knows if a player is offside, but the referee can also use his own judgment to decide whether that player with game interferes, or there is any other reason to decide whether the goal is not. ”
The whole process is a collaborative process between humans and machines, and here Dr. Lucy explains that this approach combines “getting people to do what they do really well and getting computers to do what they do really well.” For this reason, the head of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, said it was not an “automatic offside”.
The author points out that although TV broadcasts do not provide the quality of live detection technology needed for the parties to make accurate arbitration decisions, artificial intelligence will be able to use TV broadcasts to generate real-time statistics, including expected goals, the estimated position of players on the field, and is It uses a fingerprint of player track data for the past 20 years, along with machine learning algorithms to estimate the whereabouts of players who are not on screen.
Smart roads in Doha Qatar
Traffic Technologies recently won a contract to provide its Smart City software to manage Qatar’s existing road network during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to The Market Herald. ) Recently.
The platform indicated that the aforementioned smart city application creates a digital copy (virtual representation) of the road network used in Qatar, which can be used for applications such as traffic control systems, resulting in this movement being managed more efficiently than before, especially during the World Cup matches. And the expected traffic congestion at that time, especially with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world to the state of Qatar to follow the World Cup matches and encourage their teams.
This program gives special priority to buses during the World Cup, as many of these buses will transport the participating teams from their residences to the stadiums and back, as well as to transport fans to and from these stadiums.
According to the said platform, the contract value amounted to $ 1.4 million annually, and it covers the provision of smart city software.
The company says that the program reduces the operating costs of traffic in the cities in which it is used, as it operates without manual intervention, and since the program automatically calibrates itself, it will not require continuous human monitoring of traffic while ensuring flow . of this movement smoothly.
Cooling technology in Qatari stadiums
The Qatar World Cup will be the first Winter World Cup of its kind in the history of the competition. However, the World Cup will be held in a country that experiences high temperatures in general, even in winter, where the Qatar World Cup will take place. kept under conditions in which the temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius or more.
To handle these relatively high temperatures, Qatar stadiums will be equipped with cooling systems to ensure an ideal temperature for players and spectators, as the outdoors is cooled by solar-powered air-conditioning fans, and cold air enters the stadium through openings in the stands and others. large nozzles in the stadium And with the help of air circulation technology the cooled air is withdrawn, where the drawn rear air is then cooled and filtered again, and as soon as it has been cooled and filtered again, the recovered air is pushed back. inside the stadium, according to what the Qatar 2022 platform (qatar2022) reported. .
Portable medical devices
A range of portable electronic devices is currently being developed to help avoid medical emergencies for any fan attending the World Cup in Qatar, and work continues on directing low-energy sensors directly onto the material to measure heart rate, respiration and hydration in matching jerseys that will be handed out during the competition. These shirts work via Bluetooth and send their data to the base station so that the vital signs of the fans can be monitored in real time. This is according to what the Irish Examiner platform mentioned in a report on the most prominent technologies used in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Advanced technology and smart applications to deliver food during matches
Fans will be able to order food at their seats in Qatar’s stadiums using the Asapp smartphone app, which allows fans to arrange food delivery at their seats or upload via highways, meaning they save a lot of time for fans who were often missing. One of the goals is because they are buying and fetching food, and the “Smart Wifi” technology, in addition to the mobile charging stations that are abundantly available in Qatari stadiums, will always allow fans to connect to stay.
A series of sensors around the Qatari capital, Doha, will provide real-time information to assist with transportation to and from the stadiums, and feedback on traffic, taxis and parking, the new subway system, and entrances and exits to the site. . sent via a specially designed smartphone application. This application will also help fans navigate the indoor spaces of stadiums, shopping malls and entertainment venues, as mentioned in the aforementioned Irish Examiner report.
advanced lighting systems
Another technology mentioned in the previous report and will be used in the Qatar World Cup, where all stadiums in Qatar are equipped with LED technology, which is characterized by color-changing lights and other display effects used in the opening and closing ceremonies can be used. in the Al-Bayt and Lusail stadiums Energy-saving, non-toxic and has a lifespan of up to 6 times that of conventional light bulbs.
And “sensory viewing rooms” are located in the stadiums to provide safe and quiet spaces for people with autism or those who have other health problems that prevent them from watching matches from the stands – as the report mentioned – and these rooms are characterized by interactive display of matches, and controlled lighting, and games to help them enjoy watching the game in a comfortable environment.