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ChyronHego scores with football player tracking tech

13 January 2015
ChyronHego TRACAB

Svensk Elitfotboll (SEF), the governing body of the Swedish premier football league Allsvenskan, has launched a league-wide rollout of player tracking technology driven by ChyronHego’s TRACAB. By the start of the 2015 season in March, fixed TRACAB installations will be installed at all arenas in Allsvenskan, allowing for ball and player positional data to be captured in real time and at centimetre-level granularity.

TRACAB is part of SEF’s Connected Stadium programme to install wireless networks and technologies in all arenas and provide data to coaches and other league personnel as well as Allsvenskan fans. TRACAB uses image processing technology to identify the position and speed of all moving objects within each football arena. At 25 times per second, the system generates live X, Y, and Z coordinates for every viewable object, including players, referees, and the ball.

The data can be used to evaluate player performance and track metrics such as distance run, speeds, stamina and team formations. In addition, the TRACAB data will be used during live TV coverage of matches with instant virtual replays, as well as in second-screen applications and streaming to arena video walls.

“ChyronHego’s TRACAB player tracking technology is a cornerstone in our objective to be the most digital and connected football league in Europe,” said Lars-Christer Olsson, chairman of SEF. “After almost a decade of development, the TRACAB Player Tracking system has matured to become the defining standard in live sports tracking and undoubtedly the world’s leading system in this field.”

TRACAB is installed in over 125 arenas and is used in more than 2,000 matches per year by sports federations including the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, and Spanish La Liga.

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