KINEXON Sports, a leading provider of intelligent sports data and analyses, is now a technology partner of the Handball-Bundesliga GmbH. The company ran a sensor-based hardware test at this year’s All-Star Game of German Handball in Stuttgart, and it will now equip all first league clubs with the sensor-based hardware until the start of the 2019/20 season. The analysis technology will also be used at the HBL events Pixum Super Cup, All Star Game and the cup final event of German handball “REWE Final4″. The comprehensive implementation of the analysis technology is unique in professional sports leagues worldwide.
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“The need to make data available in real-time is already enormous today and will continue to grow. Real-time tracking is therefore an important and necessary step into the digital future for our Bundesliga and for modern handball. Together with KINEXON, we open up additional fascinating perspectives for our fans, media partners and sponsors and create new worlds of experience and innovative offers. This technology will make the extraordinary achievements of the players in the DKB Handball Bundesliga even more exciting, informative and valuable,” said Frank Bohmann, Managing Director of Handball-Bundesliga GmbH.
Starting from August 21 2019, all clubs in the DKB Handball Bundesliga will be able to record and analyze the movements of the handball pros and the match ball in real-time with high precision and centimeter accuracy, and utilize them in a variety of ways using a web-based software application, says a press release.
Tracking is performed by a small and lightweight chip which is integrated in the players’ jerseys and in a specially developed bladder inside the SELECT ball. The performance data of each player is made available wirelessly in real-time and fully automated during the competition or training game. The tracking of the match ball is limited to the match ball of SELECT at the beginning of the cooperation. The HBL partner will also equip six first league clubs at the start of the season.
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KINEXON Co-founder and Managing Director Maximilian Schmidt: “We are delighted to start a new digital future with the Handball Bundesliga as the first league worldwide. Our technology provides unique insights into the fascinating sport of handball – in real time and fully automated. I am very confident that everyone involved from the Bundesliga, clubs, media and of course the fans will benefit from this cooperation.”
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