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Saturday, August 02, 2014

National Football League and Zebra Technologies to Provide ‘Next Gen Stats’ for the 2014 Season

The National Football League announced today that it will install Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system (RTLS) for sports in 17 stadiums during the 2014 NFL season.  This innovative technology will track players and officials, providing location based data known as “Next Gen Stats” to fans.

Zebra receivers installed throughout the stadium will communicate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise location measurements, in real-time, during the game.  Zebra’s technology will collect data such as position, speed, and distance that will be registered and compiled into a database.  This data can then be outputted to generate new experiences built around this additional data.

 

Seems like a pretty cool alternative to the video-based fielding tracking that MLB is instituting. Which one would be better?

Maybe they can start embedding these into the core of the actual baseball someday? I’m not sure how accurate these things are these days.

Greg Pope Posted: August 02, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. frannyzoo Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4763020)
Big Data = Big Yawn. Get rid of the commercials and I might be interested in watching a bit of your tiresome sport(s). NFL RedZone keeps my interest for a bit. Watching four screen mlb.tv is good. Watching an actual single commercialcast of either will not be made any more endurable by such data.
   2. Moeball Posted: August 02, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4763028)
radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise location measurements


Wow, precise location of where each player is...will it provide longitude and latitude in case someone gets lost and needs to be found? After all, no one will be able to see where the players are, right?

QBs can finally have proof that receivers running the wrong routes are the cause of interceptions..."See, the location transmitter shows that receiver Jones was 27.3% between the 37 and 38 yard lines whereas the ball was at the 48 yard line being caught by #43 on the defensive team..."

How many plays will it take before someone's transmitter gets broken because, you know, the transmitter is by the shoulder, which is getting hammered because virtually every tackle involves someone's shoulder ramming into someone else...is this really a good idea?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4763040)
I for one am looking very forward to Cowboys postgame shows this year on the local news for detailed metrics on just how badly the secondary is routinely beaten on long pass plays and the precise moment where the defensive backs simply give up and start jogging behind the escaping receiver.
   4. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4763049)
I don't watch much football but it seems like if they have precision tracking technology the best thing they could do is figure out a way to properly spot the football after each play.
   5. Astroenteritis Posted: August 02, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4763071)
I love the total distance run stat in soccer matches. It will be entertaining to see how far a defensive back runs compared to a center. Not sure it will mean much, but a curiosity nonetheless.
   6. Greg Pope Posted: August 02, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4763112)
So GPS is only accurate to with something like 10 feet, right? And the speed displayed on my GPS is off a couple of MPH from what my car says (of course the GPS could me more accurate than the car, I guess). Obviously the precision on these things is much more accurate than that. I'm still impressed with the tracking that has to be done for the first down line.

So if this is really that accurate, wouldn't this be a better solution for MLB that using cameras to track fielders?
   7. Bhaakon Posted: August 02, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4763151)
So GPS is only accurate to with something like 10 feet, right? And the speed displayed on my GPS is off a couple of MPH from what my car says (of course the GPS could me more accurate than the car, I guess). Obviously the precision on these things is much more accurate than that. I'm still impressed with the tracking that has to be done for the first down line.


It's not GPS, it's a bunch of short-range sensors triangulating the position of the players' RFID tags in real time. I guess that's technically RADAR.
   8. Greg Pope Posted: August 02, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4763157)
Right. I was comparing to GPS and saying these are way more accurate.

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