Solutions for Sports and Leisure


The world of professional sports offers many opportunities to use positioning and tracking technologies. The objective in this case is to provide viewers and broadcasters with completely new types of information, which will provide novel viewing experiences and increase viewership. Even disabled athletes can benefit by using technologies such as guidance systems. Delivering this added value requires the ability to exactly locate balls, players, skiers or formula 1 cars. This is where tracking technologies come into play, which can provide that information.


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REDFIR® calculates physical data and tactical game information

The technology developed by Fraunhofer makes it possible to exactly determine the positions not only of players, but even of their arms and legs. Intelligent software components called event observers then translate the position data into sports information, offering viewers new kinds of insights, pinpointing, for example, which player was the most effective in a given game, who played the longest pass or how closely a downhill skier followed the fastest line. One could go even further and offer viewers real-time 3D animations. Obviously, such a system would also benefit coaches, allowing them to analyze games from a tactical or sports science point of view and providing answers to questions such as “How did our flat-back-four defense acquit itself?” or “Which wing do we score more often from?”



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Support for sprinters through positioning and sensors

Fraunhofer IIS developed a highly-precise localization technology for visually-impaired runners that relies on angle and running speed measurements. This technology makes it possible to determine the position of the runners in real-time and warns them via signals integrated into a sensor belt if they leave their running lane. That means runners with visual impairments can participate in competitions as well, not to mention that it eliminates the need for them to run with a guide. The speed detection and distance measurement can also be used during training sessions to monitor progress and optimize performance, thus providing added value.


Eingebettete drahtlose und miniaturisierte Sensorik im Boxen zur Messung von Druck, Geschwindigkeit uvm.
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Embedded wireless sensors

Miniaturized sensor technology from Fraunhofer IIS offers the sport of boxing the opportunity to measure the acceleration curve and velocity of punches. Special algorithms allow trainers to classify and analyze the punches in order to set up targeted training programs for their boxers. Media companies and television audiences can also benefit from the Fraunhofer IIS sensor technology: How many punches landed, what type of punches were thrown and what was their velocity? Real-time visualization of the results helps the audience answer these questions. In Olympic boxing, the technology is used to analyze and improve the training sessions. The embedded sensor technology also has utility in the game and leisure industries, as well as in other types of sports and athletics.