Establishment of a global standard for athlete tracking system accuracy.

What we did:

We successfully validated the accuracy of sixteen Electronic Performance Tracking Systems (EPTS), in the largest project of its type ever conducted.

The Problem

No-one knows truly how accurate EPTS are in a stadium environment, despite tens of millions being spent on the deployment of EPTS globally each year. It is extremely challenging to test the accuracy of EPTS in a stadium with large data capture areas and the chaotic movements of players in team sports. FIFA is the first International Federation to attempt to quantify the accuracy of EPTS, and after an exhaustive tender process commissioned TRACK to undertake that work in a series of projects over a two-year period.

The Solution

We used one of the largest VICON capture areas ever constructed for outdoor comparisons with 36 cameras and a 30 x 30 m test area. We quickly mobilised a team of professionals to collect data at our test venue - FC Barcelona’s Miniestadi with just weeks notice. We simultaneously compared the level of agreement between manufacturer data and both VICON and our own computer vision solution. We delivered on this challenging work on time, and on budget.

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