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Kobe City lights up for Rugby World Cup

The multiple light scenes in the Interact Sports system can be played back to meet different lighting standards that are required by rugby as well as football associations.

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The Kobe Misaki stadium, one of the stadiums used for the Rugby World Cup 2019
The Kobe Misaki stadium, one of the stadiums used for the Rugby World Cup 2019

The Kobe Misaki stadium, one of the stadiums used for the Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament in Japan, has been fitted out with LED lighting from Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).

 

The Philips ArenaVision LEDs that have been installed, are controlled by Signify’s Interact Sports connected lighting system. They allow for the programming of multiple light scenes to adjust lighting standards to the different sports that are played in the stadium. A total of 404 LEDs were installed.

 

Robotic measurement

 

According to Signify, the lighting system in the 30,132-all seater stadium was commissioned via an innovative method using robotic measurement and includes video aiming and laser scan.

 

“We’re very proud to light up Kobe Misaki stadium for the world’s biggest rugby tournament held in Japan,” said Thierry Jean Baptiste Chapiteau, global sub segment manager sports and arenas at Signify.

 

“The players get perfect lighting on the field and the legion of rugby fans around the world, watching a match on TV, can see every detail in the highest definition. Fans in the stadium can enjoy light shows adding to the incredible atmosphere.”

 

The stadium is also the venue for the premier Japanese professional football league. The multiple light scenes in the Interact Sports system can be played back to meet different lighting standards that are required by rugby as well as football associations.

“The players get perfect lighting on the field and rugby fans around the world, watching a match on TV, can see every detail in the highest definition”

The new energy-efficient LED lighting also uses less electricity compared to conventional lighting, saving 45 per cent in electricity costs.

 

By introducing the robotic measurement method, laser scanning and a video aiming system, Signify claims installation time was ‘drastically’ shortened, and accuracy and quality were improved.

 

The whole process from dismantling the HID luminaires to the installation of the upgraded LED system was completed in only 65 days. In addition, higher protection to the grass pitch was guaranteed during installation due to the robotic measurement.

 

“We were impressed with Signify’s commissioning and engineering methods, which were very new to us. The new technologies were very useful and necessary to complete our project smoothly,” added Takayuki Nakamoto, assistant manager, Kinden Corporation, an M&E contractor appointed by Kobe City for this project.

 

“We’re very happy to work together in this project and would like to thank the project members within Signify.”

 

Alongside Kobe Misaki stadium, Signify is also responsible for the lighting Aichi’s Toyota stadium where another four matches of the rugby tournament will be played.

 

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