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FIFA qualifies TRACAB Gen5 tracking system for live data applications

FIFA Quality Program for the global football industry has certified ChyronHego’s new TRACAB Gen 5 optical tracking systems – raising its bar for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS).

During the EPTS programme, FIFA appointed Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, to conduct specialised testing using a standardised protocol designed to bring independence, objectivity, and transparency to the process. The process measures the performance of the tracking systems in various scenarios. Subsequently, the data gathered was measured against data from the millimetre-accurate VICON motion capture system, which represents the gold standard for ground-truth comparison.

The results attained through the EPTS assessment showed that TRACAB Gen5 data was of the highest possible quality across all measured categories. For instance, innovative applications such as fan engagement using augmented reality and data from TRACAB Gen5 can be delivered within 150ms – the fastest delivery time for a data set of this richness in sport – and placing ultra-low latency as the utmost importance.

Ian Wray, sports director of EMEA and APAC at ChyronHego, said: “Testing performed by FIFA independently demonstrates accuracy results for TRACAB Gen5 that surpass those of any other certified system.

“Because the assessed data was taken from live delivery, testing by FIFA also illustrates the huge improvements that TRACAB Gen5 offers in powering live data applications.”

Spatial-temporal and derived-metrics data feeds from TRACAB Gen5 systems can be accessed through a series of APIs to service the wide variety and expanding number of use cases for football data. The data supports broadcast applications such as rendering live player graphics with tools such as Virtual Football for illustration purposes and even in-stadium entertainment on LED boards using Click Effects PRIME.

Wray concluded: “We are excited about the benefits that TRACAB Gen5 brings to market with its incomparable level of performance, and we foresee the system powering a data revolution in football.”

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