American pro football using RFID


With the start of the USA’s pro football season the NFL has announced the use of RFID technology to enhance reporting of player performance data.

The NFL partnered with Zebra Technologies, which is applying the same radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that it has used the past 15 years to monitor everything from supplies on automotive assembly lines to dairy cows’ milk production.

Every NFL player will wear two tiny sensors in his shoulder pads this season in the first “live” phase of a project the league hopes will enhance the in-stadium experience as well, with further media expansion and integration with teams’ existing training technology likely down the line.

If a player finds another gear in the fourth quarter of an important game, the sensors will pick it up. And if he’s running out of gas, the sensors will reveal that, too.

The sensors have reportedly been installed in 17 NFL stadiums with associated hardware that logs players’ locations in real time. In less than a second, the server can spit out data that can be enhanced graphically for TV broadcasts with the press of a button.

Via USA Today.

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