Real-time tracking for live analyses - Fast as a puck, hard as ice hockey
Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2019:
Thomas von der Grün, Fraunhofer IIS
Norbert Franke, Fraunhofer IIS
Thomas Pellkofer, jogmo world corp.
How is the defense formation reacting to the line of attackers? How fast does the puck whizz over the ice? Analyses and game evaluations are an integral part of sports broadcasts. Until now, however, such game analyses could only be carried out after a game play.
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.
This technology was used publicly for the first time during the hockey games at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in San José, USA. The player and puck data were analyzed in real time and prepared for the viewers − an absolute novelty.