It's hard to track athletes indoors
Athlete tracking systems are valuable for many aspects of sports allowing coaches and trainers to develop game tactics, fitness analysis and help perfect athlete movements during training and live competition.
Tracking athletes indoors or in large stadiums accurately using GPS has been a challenge for the sports industry for many years. The interference caused by the reflection of GPS signals off the walls of these structures can cause inaccuracies in the readings from these devices.
Applying WASP to sports
We have developed a highly flexible tracking device called WASP or Wireless Ad-hoc System for Positioning to allow coaches to monitor their athletes more accurately in indoor and GPS poor environments.
The system was originally developed for tracking safety and automation in the mining industry and is designed specifically to work well in closed environments.
WASP uses low cost, portable radio devices and wireless signals rather than GPS and satellites for tracking. This means the tracking devices can be manufactured reasonably cheaply; it has high refresh rates and performs well with high accuracy outperforming GPS based sports tracking systems.
Bringing indoor tracking to the world
Melbourne based company Catapult Sports, a world leader in athlete tracking devices, has licensed our WASP technology and is integrating it into its tracking systems in order to improve their accuracy, particularly for indoor sports applications.
Catapult Sports already has some of the world’s best sports teams using their devices, including almost all English Premier League teams, NRL, AFL, American football and basketball and international hockey, rowing and sailing teams.
Catapult’s reach and continued commercial success in the sports market is helping us deliver significant impact to the world’s leading athletes and sports teams.
The technology will also enable significant sports science improvements in elite sports such as basketball and ice hockey that were previously unable to use tracking technologies due to being played indoors.