Bosch and Benfica collaborate on advanced integration for Estádio da Luz


Benfica has collaborated with Bosch on a project termed the ‘Stadium of the Future’, which will involve advanced technology integration at the venue.

“The Stadium of the Future should offer the ultimate game experience, while ensuring that everyone is safe at all times. Bosch is helping us to meet this challenge, by providing us with a coherent technology solution. Our operators can monitor cameras, access and alarms, and play crystal-clear game audio or emergency messages, using one screen interface. It makes it easier to keep everything up and running while we keep people safe,” says José Pedro Ribeiro, infrastructure and operations manager.

The Estádio da Luz is home to Lisbon’s soccer team and training academy and welcomes 65,000 spectators and thousands of personnel at a single match. Keeping all of those people safe without interfering with the spirit of the game requires continual evaluation and development.

With the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), as sensors and data increasingly connect the physical and virtual worlds. Bosch’s Building Integration System (BIS) is future-proofed. Based on a standardized platform, it can integrate equipment sensor data, analytics, and important new technology from Bosch or a third party. Using a single, all-in-one screen interface, stadium operators can monitor equipment performance, fire alarms, intrusion alarms, access controls, video and sound systems.

Operators can play separate messages or background music simultaneously for selected audio zones, or pre-record messages to play automatically, activated by alarms or events. In emergencies, operators can monitor live video feedback, at the same time using a microphone and speakers to help guide people safely out of the building. The single screen also increases situational awareness and operator efficiency, and allows for a faster emergency response.

Bosch panoramic cameras add another level of safety in halls and corridors by leaving no blind spots. This makes it faster and easier for security operators to monitor high-traffic areas.

“We look forward to more developments, like video stitching, finer analytics, and the integration of elevators and other equipment into the BIS,” says Ribeiro. “We chose Bosch as our partner, because they not only have central support and dedicated development teams, but their local people also meet with us regularly. They make sure we can take full advantage of the IoT, and they help us minimize costs by easily integrating third-party equipment. We will continue to rely on Bosch to help us make Estádio da Luz a real Stadium of the Future.”

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