Reporting at light speed as Hamburger SV installs Trulifi


    August 14, 2020


    Football club Hamburg tackles connectivity challenge by providing journalists and photographers with fast, secure and reliable connectivity


    Much to the disappointment of the legions of Die Rothosen faithful, on the last day of the 2019-2020 season, Hamburg lost 5-1 to SV Sandhausen. Had they won the match, they would’ve leapfrogged FC Heidenheim and earned promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2020-2021 season.


    As disappointing as the outcome was, there were lots of on-field positives for the club. And off the pitch there was at least one element from 2019-2020 that was far from disappointing: solving connectivity challenges at their home stadium, the 57,000-capacity Volksparkstadion.

    Hamburger sv statium photo
    Photo by Patrick Kiss (Flickr)

    Connectivity issues at the Volksparkstadion  

    Like many stadiums, The Volksparkstadion in Hamburg has had difficulties in providing a reliable connection for its press center. The wireless signal in this bustling location was prone to overload due to journalists accessing the network and interference from mobile devices of excited fans trying to access the network together with staff and officials, all pinging the wireless router.

    Signify’s Trulifi provides secure, fast and reliable connectivity for all journalists at the Volksparkstadion press center”

    Hamburger SV wanted to overcome this obstacle by providing a connection that:
    Of these luminaires, eight were equipped with a Trulifi 6002 LiFi transceiver, which modulates infrared light waves to provide an internet connection of up to 150 megabits per second (Mbps), a capacity substantially greater than either 4G or WiFi.
    Hamburger sv trulifi press center

    A match made in heaven

    With over 100 projects worldwide since 2019, Trulifi by Signify is clearly meeting a demand for high quality connected lighting.
    How fast is the connection? It’s up to a blistering 250Mbps for the downlink and the uplink. In the press center of the Volksparkstadion, all journalists using the system receive a USB Access Key, plug it into their laptop and they’re good to go!
    As Daniel Nolte, segment leader for organization and infrastructure at HSV explains “We opted for LiFi given the increasing demand for bandwidth from journalists using our press center. For them, a reliable wireless connection is everything.”

    We opted for LiFi given the increasing demand for bandwidth from journalists using our press center. For them a reliable wireless connection is everything.”

    Daniel Nolte

    Segment leader area organization & infrastructure, HSV

    The LiFi system is free from interference and encrypted. An extra layer of security is built-in as, unlike radio waves, light waves can’t pass through walls. Spotty stadium internet will never again be responsible for a journalist filing a story late, and sharp action photos will hit their destination quickly.


    With an estimated 50+ billion mostly wireless devices connected to the internet, the radio spectrum is becoming more congested than ever. As the new press center for Hamburger SV shows, a solution to alleviate the online congestion and provide great connectivity is literally right in front of our eyes.

    Hamburger sv trulifi wireless connection

    About the author:

    Ryan Millar

    Ryan Millar


    Chief Editor

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    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2022, we had sales of EUR 7.5 billion, approximately 35,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for six consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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