Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2019: Real-time tracking for live analyses - Fast as a puck, hard as ice hockey
How does the defense formation react to the line of offense? How fast does the puck travel over the ice? Analyses and game evaluations are essential in competitive sports. So far, however, these evaluations could only be done after the puck has been in play. At the "2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend" ice hockey matches in San José, USA, from January 24 to 27, 2019, fans and experts experienced a new dimension of data analysis for the first time. The data of players and puck were analyzed and processed in real time – an absolute novelty. In the course of 2020, the system will be installed nationwide in all 32 stadiums of the professional ice hockey league "National Hockey League NHL".
Thomas von der Grün and Norbert Franke from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Thomas Pellkofer from the jogmo world corp. and their approximately 20-strong research team have developed a localization technology that is specially adapted to the dynamic pace of ice hockey and is based on the measured transit times of radio signals. For the first time ever, it enables a variety of game analyses to be performed and displayed in real time. The system’s distinguishing feature is its high measuring rate, with the position of the puck being measured 2000 times per second and the location of each player being determined 200 times per second.
On behalf of the team, Thomas von der Grün and Norbert Franke from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomas Pellkofer from jogmo world corp. received the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize. It is the seventh time in a row that Fraunhofer IIS will receive this prize.