Smart sports for smart cities


Making Indian cities more livable through Dutch Sport Infrastructure

Recycled plastic material to cover the ground, cut into puzzle pieces for ease of assembly. “Field in a box” kits, to enable play anywhere. Sport fields on top of parking houses. A ground cover that regulates water usage. A smart stadium, used as a big laboratory to test the smart cities technologies of the future.

There is no doubt for the participants of the Indo-Dutch event on innovation and sustainable sports solutions, which took place on Friday, 2nd December 2016 in New Delhi, that sports, and in particular sport infrastructures, have a role to play in smart cities, and a great potential to improve the lives of urban citizens in the sprawling metropolises of India by offering part of the answer on how to make cities more livable.

The event gathered both Indian and European participants under the aegis of Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) and the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to discuss what opportunities there were for Indian municipalities to integrate sports in their smart cities concepts, and which technologies they could count on to implement such a strategy. Poul V. Jensen, EBTC Director, highlighted that with the development of the Smart Cities Initiative in India, many Indian public entities were currently defining their own priorities within the local context, and were looking for technological solutions to implement these priorities. Helping these municipalities find the innovative answers they are looking for includes connecting them to the European companies and European cities that have already developed these solutions.

The Indo-Dutch event showcased the latest solutions for innovative and sustainable sports in the city. An innovation wall presented the different projects, and Ruben Dubelaar from Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) stressed the possibilities that such smart sport technologies could have in India. Short introductory videos enabled the participants to see the capacities of the different products and concepts. Company and organizations representatives were also there to answer questions from the audience afterwards.

Outside of the pavilion stood maybe the best example of what these innovative Dutch companies can offer to Indian cities: the ColourField concept, which enables children to play in a clean and safe environment.

The ColourField next to the Nehru stadium in Delhi


Ten DSI companies combined their expertise to conceive this very smart playfield, from the turf material to the rain water harvesting system (including recycling to drinking water) or solar lights. It has been designed as a multi-functional venue for sports and community events.


The colourfield concept: high technology both above and underground

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