December 20, 2011

Rugby Creates Buzz with RFID Tags

Filed under: Rugby — Giorgio Varlaro @ 12:03 am

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The mindset of an athlete is to become “Stronger, Faster and Smarter”. Due to this perception, which goes back to the culture of the ancient Greece, the physique of professional athletes has changed as well. No longer do athletes train a couple months before their respective season, they train year-round.

Professional athletes’ ambition to become “Stronger, Faster, and Smarter” has created exceptional sports programming for the sports enthusiast. With high-flying alley oops dunks in basketball and bone-crushing hits in football, athletes have created excitement in fans all around the world due to their amazing abilities.

Individuals who have not liked this change in performance are officials. Officiating is becoming more-and-more difficult with athletes more determined than ever to cash in with million dollar signing bonuses. Technological advances on the field of play, such as the inclusion of instant replay have dramatically increased the efficiency of officials and their ability to make the correct call, but errors still persist.

Changing the way athletic contests are officiated is European Rugby. With the incorporation of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Technology) tags, rugby is trying to rid itself of incorrect officiating calls. RFID tags, a micro location technology, transmit the exact coordinates of the ball and players at an astounding 2000 times per second. It can also be used to calculate movement, speed, accuracy, and even force of impact. RFID tags could do away with any type of bad call in relation to ball location thus eliminating the guess work from officiating. Not only that, but the type of data we could receive before, during, and after every play would be nothing shy of amazing.

I would expect to see the incorporation of RFID tags in the United States if they are found to be an exceptional product. No longer would owners, fans and other participants in sports have to blame an official for the consequence of a call.


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