FK Austria transforms Generali Arena into ‘smart’ soccer stadium


Austrian soccer club FK Austria has future-proofed its historic Generali Arena by using the latest smart building technology solutions to transform it into a connected and efficient venue.

Taking two years to complete and at a cost of US$44.5m (€42m) the stadium’s technology overhaul is able to provide more intuitive energy power distribution, new energy saving initiatives, and improved visitor experience.

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Austrian technology company ABB was appointed to carry out the renovation of the Generali Arena, which was built 1925, to bring the stadium into the modern era and offer more control for its operators.

The IoT solutions are part of its unified, cross-industry digital offering, ABB Ability, which extends from device to edge to cloud.

One of the new features is the control of all components of lighting, shading, heating, air conditioning and ventilation in the stadium to be networked and work together bidirectionally, which helps maximize energy savings.

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ABB’s connected safety and energy efficiency initiatives, coupled with expanding seating capacity to 17,500 and plans to redesign the training ground and build a new regional youth center, means it now meets the standard of an UEFA four-star arena, which even permits the staging of Champions League semi-finals.

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