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New volleyball tracking system trialled in Montreux

The Volleyball Tracking System was already tested at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Zurich 2014

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2014 – Following the pledge of President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° to innovate the sport of volleyball, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is currently trialing a Volleyball Tracking System, which provides real-time data and statistics, at the Montreux Volley Masters 2014, taking place in the Swiss lakeside city until Sunday.

The tool provides statistics on movement, the speed of the players and the ball, in addition to the strike angle, with all the information available to view online.  

Developed by the start?up Playfulvision, this new tool, which was already tested at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Zurich 2014, is set to be used in all international volleyball competitions following a contract signed with the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) in April.

Coaches and television broadcasters can select the statistics they need and how they would like them to be presented, with the new tool allowing data to be displayed directly on the selected screen. The analytical statistics service will be available soon for the GoPro camera, making the technology readily available to other sports and teams at all levels.

"This sort of technology will help us grow the sport of volleyball, make it more accessible for the public and provide greater detailed information for TV and more importantly coaches of our sport," President Graça said. "Anything which can help present our sport in a more dynamic way has to be encouraged and we are looking forward to seeing this sort of technology in full use at our World Championships later this year.

While other sports monitoring systems exist in international soccer competitions and basketball for example, this one offers several advantages. The Playfulvision system is fully automated, which makes it cheaper and easier to install. In its professional version six cameras placed around the field or court are connected to a computer.

This innovation is based on three algorithms developed at the Computer Vision Laboratory. While players can always be located on the screen via an overlay with the colour of their jersey and number, the challenge was to achieve this recognition continuously, even when players are in groups and hidden behind others.

In Montreux, the start?up aims to demonstrate the range of possibilities of this system to the FIVB before it is used more extensively at the World Championships this summer. The tracking of results with an IPad will also be developed specifically for this occasion.

The Montreux Volley Masters is an invitational tournament, officially recognised by the FIVB, which gathers the best women's teams in the world.

The 29th edition of the Montreux Volley Masters will take place from May 27 to June 1. Pool A comprises Brazil (WR 1, current Olympic Champion, 2013 World Grand Prix title holder and winner of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup), China (WR 5), Russia (WR 6) and Switzerland (host).

Pool B is composed of USA (WR 2), Japan (WR 3), Dominican Republic (WR 8) and Germany (WR 9).

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