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Intelligent lighting-control technology from ABB was installed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The Ibus KNX technology was supplied to the National Stadium, also known as the Birds Nest, to enable intelligent automation and control of all lighting, central automation, heating/ventilation control and energy management in the stadium.

The technology implemented intelligent automation technology, including lighting control.

The project required ABB to supply its KNX intelligent building technology to control the lighting and central automation in the National Stadium, including the essential components of the substation that enables power to flow to the stadium and the Water Cube aquatic centre.

The technology within the Birds Nest is controlled via a general-purpose workstation that is networked to the Ibus KNX system.

This provides full visualisation via a PC for operation tasks, including a number of functional sub-systems within the building.

This enables the Birds Nest to have optimal, energy-efficient interaction with its sub-systems, and control of interactive functions including lighting control, central automation, heating/ventilation control and energy management.

ABB also provided the technology to protect the venue from electrical faults.

The National Stadium is protected with ABB’s Ibus KNX switch actuators with load-current detection, to observe and measure electrical current and prevent the generation of spikes in the current.

This makes the technology particularly suitable for switching loads with high peak inrush currents, such as fluorescent lighting.

The venue is also protected against earth faults, with ABB’s Residual Current Devices (RCDs), designed to trip and disconnect the supply of electricity in the event of such a fault.

ABB’s divisions have contributed products and technology to over 30 projects in Beijing that were part of the games or the infrastructure supporting them.

ABB’s technology can be seen to support a number of the sporting facilities required for the games, including the venues for gymnastics, baseball, hockey and archery.

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