When Qatar was chosen to host the world's premier sporting event, it made a series of lofty promises that the tournament would be the most sustainable and connected in history.Making those promises a reality has proven to be a significant spur for innovation, with the goal of not only improving the fan experience while minimizing environmental impact, but also benefiting people in Qatar and beyond for years to come.
Fans arriving in 2022 will be kept comfortable thanks to a variety of innovative solutions. The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) has connected a series of sensors around Qatar's capital city using its Internet-of-Things platform, making it easier for fans to plan the best route using real-time information about traffic, taxis, the new metro system, and even venue entrances and exits.
Visitors will be able to download a custom smartphone app created by QMIC, which is also based at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, that will use this real-time information to help them find their way to stadiums.
Amine Bermak, a Qatar Foundation professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, is printing low-power sensors directly on fabric. In a snug-fitting shirt, the ultra-low-power sensors will measure heartbeat, respiration, and hydration.It monitors the wearer's vital signs by connecting each shirt via Bluetooth to others around it and, eventually, to a base station.Currently in a pilot phase with wearables worn by construction workers and the cost of the low-power sensor driven below $20 per unit, Bermak envisions applications where the vital-signs data are used in real time for a variety of scenarios from athletes to the frail and elderly.
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