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Football technology from ‘Germany !’

Whilst the World Cup was lacking goal line technology, Leuze electronic believe that laser detection sensors had at least one application in football in June.

In the media coverage before and to some extent during the World Cup, safety has been a constant topic for discussion on TV and radio. Combining safety, football and the name ‘David’ in a somewhat tenuous way, Leuze electronic’s safety laser scanner protects onlookers from the power of David’s boot.

‘David’ is the result of a project at the Institute of Industrial Automation and Software Engineering (IAS) faculty at the University of Stuttgart. A two metre long, automatic soccer boot, David was presented to the public during a “Day of Science” on campus this June.

This David can accurately fire balls at a goal at 80 miles per hour. The RS4 safety laser scanner from Leuze electronic which is shown in the photograph at the front of the aluminium extrusion framework, ensures onlookers are kept out of harm”s way. It reliably detects whether anyone is located in David”s danger zone as it prepares to kick and if so David”s control system immediately interrupts the process; the ball is not kicked and no one is injured.

Another IAS project is a ‘player’ outfitted with safety sensors from Leuze electronic called “GOALIAS”. This automated goal keeper can stop the ball even at David’s high speeds, making it far superior to a human goalie, irrespective of where the goal line is.

Leuze electronic ‘the sensor people’ are expert at providing solutions in sensing, detection, identification and machine protection. The ability of their football teams is best ignored.

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