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A glass sports floor at a school in Germany uses hidden LEDs to switch between court markings at the touch of a button.

The ASB Glassfloor by ASB Systembau GMBH aids concentration by only showing the floor markings for the sport being played but the company are also planning to expand the technology to include light-up training programmes and advertising capabilities.

The floor is constructed from panels made from two glass sheets similar to car windscreens. These panels sit atop an aluminium frame which also contains the LED channels which describe a variety of sport floor markings. Etching to the surface reduces reflections which would otherwise be distracting while ceramic dots burnt into the top panel provide grip.

The combination of translucent glass and hidden LED channels means that only those which are lit up can be seen by players.

The company is keen to expand the technology in relation to sports and training as well as exploring the possibilities of smartfloors in other types of venue such as hotels and clubs.

“We are thinking about running tracks with an indicator on the floor moving at a set speed for continuous running training, virtual barriers for football and handball training that appear and move randomly and are not allowed to be crossed by the ball to simulate defend opponents,” say ASB of the flooring’s capabilities. “To enhance the professional presentation LED systems under the floor can also be used to show the score, match statistics and nation flags.”

Other suggestions include using the floor as a giant screen that can show advertising, being able to illuminate escape routes during emergencies, programmable dance floors and mood lighting for health spas.




Check Out The Sports Floor from the Future.

Imagine a runner on a track with a glowing marker that follows her, showing speed and time. Or a tennis court that shows for sure whether the ball was out, or even a basketball court floor that runs ads during half time.

Those are some of the possibilities with a glass floor designed by German company ASB Systembau GMBH. ASB supplies glass squash courts, and now has moved into smart flooring.

The company developed the Tron-like floor above after it noted that the glass on the squash courts, which is translucent rather than transparent, could be combined with lighting to make moveable lines that would be invisible when unlit. That led to the ASB Glassfloor, which has already been installed in a German school’s athletics complex.

The floor itself is an aluminum frame that supports the glass, which is tempered to resist breakage, which means the panels can be much larger and thinner for their size than traditional glass floor tiles, like the ones made famous by “Saturday Night Fever.”

The surface is etched to prevent stray reflection, so players won’t get blinded. In addition, to get that particular friction – the “feel” of a traditional parquet floor – the glass is covered with tiny ceramic dots.

Instead of painting lines on a wooden surface, the floor uses a layer of LEDs underneath the glass. The LEDs can be in the form of boundary lines for different sports, or can serve as a display. This system eliminates the problem of painting multiple lines on the floor for different sports. The glass floor is also, ASB says, more durable than wood.

But forget just being able to adjust a floor for current sports: the ability to put lines on the floor means you can design games that use them as barriers or guides. A “smart” ball could sound off when a barrier is hit, for instance. Or lights could track players and show if they are off-sides or out of bounds. The future of sporting events just got a little more exciting.


15.01.2013  |  PRESSEMITTEILUNG   |


Presenting the Tron Basketball Court: ASB GlassFloor Pushes Boundaries of Glass for Athletic Applications

If you were to hear the phrase “glass floor,” you’d probably picture something like this, right? Like a glass-bottomed boat, except that you’re actually inside, and you’re not sitting next to someone’s seasick cousin, and you mostly just have a view of your downstairs neighbor’s mismatched furniture and it’s kind of awkward to see them hanging out all of the time, especially when you catch them looking at the bottom of your feet or the loose change and dust bunnies under your couch. In fact, it sounded cool at first but now it doesn’t seem like a very good idea at all. And that’s not even considering the corollary that “one man’s glass floor is another man’s glass ceiling,” which seems vaguely related to the fact that skirts and dresses wouldn’t be options for women who live in houses with glass floors.

But wait: you assumed that by “glass floor,” I meant “clear floor,” which isn’t necessarily the case. Indeed, a new flooring product from Germany’s ASB Systembau GMBH boasts a semi-opaque ceramic finish to the effect that “the floor does not reflect too much to be a distraction but still gives a slight reflection which compares to the effect marble has on the eye.” Billed as “the most advanced flooring system in the world,” the ASB GlassFloor is a system in which reinforced glass panels are set on an aluminum substructure that can be embedded with lighting elements.

Originally designed for squash courts, the surface is designed to emulate hardwood courts with the advantage of flexible lane lines and markings for multipurpose gymnasiums, meeting European regulations for a variety of indoor sports, from badminton to volleyball. However, I was most interested to learn that the ASB GlassFloor can display video as well. “Video messages or scoreboards under the floor are only the beginning. The whole surface can be turned into one big screen. The possibilities for presentation and advertising are as versatile and innovative as ever seen before.”

But the visual aspect isn’t the only selling point of the flooring system: the company duly notes the durability of the panels, developed by longtime glass manufacturer Kinon Porz.
The floor is made from tempered security glass and can withstand enormous impact. The panels are made from two specially-treated glass plates held together by a 2mm PVB safety layer. The glass panels can be produced to a size larger than 2×2 metres and make the floor longer lasting than any conventional floor. This is why in 2007 we have been able to install the first open air squash court on a cruise ship, withstanding the impact of sea water and perpetual movement over years.

The surface of the glass undergoes several special treatments to achieve ideal elasticity, friction and reflection of light. After years of extensive testing we have reached a result where the floor does not reflect too much to be a distraction but still gives a slight reflection which compares to the effect marble has on the eye. Also deflection and friction of the floor achieve equal or better results than conventional sport floors. The floor is ISO and EN certified. The same treatment that ensures the dim reflection also causes scratches to remain invisible. The surface can be in almost any colour you like. The colour of the floor is determined by special foil coat applied to the bottom of the floor and can be changed even after years.

To date, ASB has supplied more than 15 major squash tournaments with a glass floor. The biggest project yet is a 500m2 sports floor (displayed above) in use daily at a German school. The floor has also withstood long term outdoor tests without any signs of aging.

Meanwhile, in the bounce test, I’m seeing that the balls bounce slightly higher on the ASB GlassFloor; indeed, they note that “our glass floor is more elastic than most wooden floors.” In other words, it has a higher coefficient of restitution (yep, I found that term by searching for “bounciness”) than traditional parquet, which may or may not be an issue for athletes who are used to old-fashioned floors.

To their credit, ASB has taken pains to recreate hardwood floors as closely as possible. Just as they was able to achieve a semi-matte finish with a special etching treatment, “the friction on the glass is controlled by burnt-in ceramic dots. The quantity and size of these dots has been adjusted to meet the friction values of traditional sports floors. The surface we created provides the right anti-slip protection but will not hurt when players dive for a ball.”

Besides its obvious alternate use for advertising, I was also interested to learn that ASB GlassFloor envisions “completely new sports only playable with glowing marking lines.” The prospect of “randomly appearing” virtual barriers sounds a bit farfetched to me, but I concede that a backlight-enabled floor would certainly have plenty of interactive applications, especially in public spaces such as museums and convention centers… or even just in an IKEA: Imagine being able to conjure a map with directions and distances to points of interest, using, say, a smartphone application. And speaking of Tron, I can’t help but wonder if it would be possible to make a velodrome with this flooring system…




ASB presented the ASB Glass Floor at the big event of the „Bavarian Sports Awards“ and all were full of enthusiasm. All visitors were deeply impressed.

MUNICH: The Babinsky company was one of the sponsors of the Bavarian Sports Award in Munich. Every year the Bavarian Ministry for Education and Culture arranges the Bavarian Sports Award. ASB Babinsky supported this event und presented the ASB GlassFloor, an innovative Sports Floor made of glass, to the top athletes and persons in charge in the field of sports. The newly crowned European Champions in breakdance „inaugurated“ the glass floor with a rapid and breakneck show. A real stress test for the glass floor!

ASB installed a 6m x 4m silver-coloured glass floor in the „BMW World“ in Munich – on the roof-top terrace of the BMW building, where it ideally went with the futuristic setting oft he venue. This resilient floor has a shock-absorbing substructure. The floor features LED channels which can be illuminated in different colours and switched on for the different sports. The marking lines for the respective sport can be switched on with the help of a touch screen. The floor surface is made of two layers of safety glass, seated on an aluminium substructure. Surprisingly the floor turns out to be more resilient than a parquet sports floor.

The ASB GlassFloor is a solution for the future. Futuristic and trend-setting. Not only for sports halls, but also many other areas, like spacious lounges with the floor showing information, instructions, directions and advertising, or multi-purpose- and event-halls, or discotheques or also reception areas of impressively designed buildings etc.

LED nets that can be laid out under the glass floor also offer the option to show different advertising – also pictures and videos. There are endless possibilities for the architects’ ideas and imagination.




Illuminated Lines – A sports hall without confusing lines

There are no more confusing lines for different sports on sports hall floors. Clear and illuminated marking lines offer clarity, flexibility and safety.

The ASB company under the management of the founder and owner Horst Babinsky developed and realised this glass floor with „that certain something“ in cooperation with the glass processing company KINON Porz.

The supporting and resilient aluminium substructure carries the glass floor. The surface of the laminated safety glass panels is coated with a special etching to prevent reflection whilst a ceramic screen print provides the required grip.

Initiated by the great demand, ASB Babinsky from the Bavarian Stein further developed the marking lines of this sports floor made of glass, so that the colours and brightness can be changed any time.

Previously the marking lines of a sports floor in a school’s gym for badminton, tennis, volley ball, basket ball and hand ball were installed in blue colour and on a touchscreen they can be switched on and of. This progress now opens the way for multi-purpose use. This special glass floor can also be used out door, as it is used in an outdoor squash court in Spain.

The Squash Court expert installed a glass floor with coloured LED marking lines and an LED area, to show pictures, wording, signs and information at the U21 Squash World Championships in Chennai, India. This LED area was used in many ways. They showed the present score and during the breaks moving banner ads.

The glass floor’s mat and classy surface becomes a special feature in the field of squash also with the help of the illuminated lines. The water-tight LED channel which is integrated in the substructure in RGB-Technology (safety class IP 65) can be actuated by a touchscreen. Colour, brightness and function can be controlled.

Due to the positive and promising feedback ASB is further developing this light technology together with the LED specialist INNOLed from Brüggen in Northrhine-Westphalia.

Improved line crossings and complete modules get special attention. Intelligent light connections with the respective light markings will be developed.

This special floor with its innovative light technology is conquering more and more sports- and multi-functional halls and also for ball- and festival rooms it offers amongst other functions the indication of emergency- and escape ways.

Modularity and possible fields of application make sure that we will see a lot of this floor in the world of sports and event technology.


26.10.2012  |  VIDEO


ASB exhibited the glass floor with illuminated marking lines and LED carpet under the GlassFloor at the FSB Show in Cologne from 26th-28th October 2012. ASB had special media attention, because of this innovative floor.




The Floor comes to Live with the help of Light

The GlassFloor producer ASB recently presented an innovation at the inauguration of a sports hall of the boarding school Stein – in the presence of the German Federal Minister of transport and construction, Dr. Peter Ramsauer. Ramsauer praised this innovation in the name of the Federal Government.

The floor is characterized by varied new possible applications:
Marking lines that are installed under the glass surface can be switched on and off within seconds using a touch screen, like e. g. the lines for tennis, badminton, squash, handball, basketball and volleyball. This offers the multifunctional use of the facility without any confusing lines. The lines are only switched on when they are really needed. The floor can be produced in any colour.

Just like the previous glass floor, this further developed version is sprung, resilient and meets the European standard. In addition this floor can also be used as advertising medium – all is possible, from uni-coloured logos to pictures, videos or text. Big LED nets are laid out under the glass surface and they show the wanted information on the floor. For events that do not require any advertising, all information can be switched off, by simply using the touch screen.




The School “Schloss Stein” inaugurated its new “Helmut-Konrad-Sporthalle” (Helmut-Konrad-Sports Hall) after a two years’ construction time. What makes this sports hall so special is the resilient glass floor, which was developed by ASB Systembau Horst Babinsky (as we reported). The School’s headmaster, Sebastian Ziegler, welcomed many guests of honour and alumni.

The Federal Minister of Transport and Construction, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, held the speech. He said that he was always very pleased to inaugurate such showcase projects in his home country. “And this new sports hall hits the front pages with its world novelty,” explained Ramsauer. He referred to the glass floor that was installed in a sports hall for the first time. It was every Federal Minister of Construction’s aim to have new innovative buildings “that are sustainable and latest technology”. District Administrator, Hermann Steinmassl, pointed out that the Schule “Schloss Stein” didn’t have many pupils from the area, but was very renowned within Germany and abroad and so pupils come from near and far. The Mayor, Franz Parzinger, praised the innovative idea of the entrepreneur Babinsky, who had developed the floor and who, by doing so, supported the town to become even more known. The new sports hall is named: “Helmut-Konrad-Sports-Hall”. Helmut Konrad was teacher and educator at the Schule Stein and he especially made a name for himself as PE teacher. Looking back, he told about many successful results of his pupils. “Such a sports hall had always been our dream – how wonderful that this dream has come true now.”, said the former PE teacher.

Architect Claudia Petzen hammer from the Architectural Office “Petzenhammer & Petzenhammer” explained that the task to build such a modern sports hall in the middle of such ancient buildings had been a very special task ” We had to find out and bring in the atmosphere. The sports hall has to recede before the Schloss (castle) and leave the view on the hermitage.” This was the reason why the sports hall was built partly underground, so that the playing field is in the underground and the grandstand on the ground floor. With an obstacle free entrance and latest energy performance.

Head teacher, Wolfgang Motzer, stressed the importance of sports at the School “Schloss Stein”. In addition to PE, the curriculum also offered special interest group work, and also further sports activities in their free time, which will be further improved by this new sports hall. Horst Babinsky was also present at the inauguration ceremony, who furnished this hall with a very special floor. No more confusing lines for different sports in the new hall. When entering the hall you only see an even, bright blue surface with the school’s emblem in the middle. The surface is made of glass and there are no marking lines. These are only activated with the touch screen, which is installed in the wall. After one of the sports – hand ball, basket ball, volleyball, tennis or three badminton courts – is activated, the marking lines shine clearly and precisely through the blue glass surface.

Father Jordan Fenzel blessed the hall, pupils and teachers organised the musical background and after the ceremony the guests could watch a basket ball match between the Bundesliga Team Wasserburg U17 and a team of the School “Schloss Stein”.

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