G. Lufft Weather Sensors to Track Weather at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Released on: July 25, 2013, 7:32 am
Industry: Sports

Fellbach, Baden-Württemberg, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The 20th Soccer World Cup will be held from June 12 to July 13, 2014 in Brazil. The weather sensors made by G. Lufft GmbH are already in place there. The measurement and control technology company will be supplying the sensors for the detection of the weather data inside the football stadiums. Lufft's sensors were just used to collect climatological data in all the stadiums hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup held in June 2013.

This project came about through a classic bid tendering process. In this case, Lufft collaborated with RoMiotto, a trade representative in Brazil for many well-known industrial measurement companies and a long-time Lufft distribution partner. Despite the short turnaround, each of the six soccer stadiums hosting the Confederations Cup had their WS301-UMB compact weather stations delivered and installed on time for the 2013 matches. Each of the 64 matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in these stadiums plus another six throughout Brazil. The remaining six stadiums will be equipped with their Lufft weather sensors well before the start of the next World Cup.

The Lufft WS301-UMB compact weather station is a key component in the mobile collection of climate data in soccer stadiums which makes it possible to record large quantities of weather data simultaneously. This all-in-one station can collect data ranging from temperature, relative humidity, air pressure to global radiation. An optional external sensor can be connected to the compact weather station to measure precipitation. The low-power technology of the WS301-UMB makes it possible to run this station in remote locations powered by a solar panel. The Campbell Scientific data logger evaluates the recorded data.

The devices will be used not only to determine the weather condition on game days, but will also provide early warning of unusual weather events. Brazil largely has a tropical climate, but due to the country's size, there are several climate zones. In the twelve stadiums for the World Cup 2014, temperatures above 30°C (86°F) are not out of the question, to which will be added the extreme humidity. Precise weather information will allow exact, early predictions of extreme heat, downpours and storms that might affect the game.

For many years now, Lufft has been actively engaged in collecting weather data for professional sports. For example, Lufft has supplied the annual Four Hills Tournament with mobile weather stations to ensure accurate weather forecasts. In the winter 2011-12 pilot project, two weather stations, consisting of a compact WS600-UMB weather sensor and a Metrilog detection unit were installed. At Four Hills, they had determined that the generally available forecasts from online or the radio were not specifically accurate for the micro-climate at the competition site. This was demonstrated by the actual measurements taken: Temperatures, humidity, precipitation and wind sometimes differed considerably from the readings at weather stations not all that far away.

Other projects are already in the pipeline. Lufft will be delivering an additional six weather stations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The WS301-UMB will once again be used for this installation, but with the addition of an anemometer to measure wind speed.

Lufft has also been involved in an infrastructure project for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where intelligent road conditions information systems were installed. Lufft road sensors were installed in the roadways to recognize changes in weather such as freezing rain or black ice. In addition, weather stations were put into operation to measure critical data such as air temperature and humidity, amount and type of precipitation, wind direction and wind speed, air pressure and visibility in real-time.


G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH
Gutenbergstr. 20
70736 Fellbach, Germany

Contact person: Tobias Weil

E-Mail: pr@lufft.de
Tel: 0049 711 51822 0
Fax: 0049 711 51822 41


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