The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has revealed the top four emerging technologies on display at the ongoing 2018 World Cup holding Russia including Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), Ultra High Definition video (UHD) and virtual reality (VR), and 5G.
VAR allows referees on the field to use a fiber-based radio system to refer to video referees, who monitor the game using slow-motion cameras while EPTS, a tablet-based system, gives coaches real-time access to player statistics and video footage, which can help players and coaching staff to create targeted training regimes and strategies. Varuna De Silva, lecturer in artificial intelligence at Loughborough University in London said, “A world cup, especially football, draws the attention of millions of viewers across the globe. The companies that sponsor the technology can benefit from the publicity it receives, which accelerates adoption. Accelerated adoption drives accelerated innovation.”
The BBC is testing UHD and VR technologies at the tournament. The media company is offering a limited number of UHD feeds online on its BBC iPlayer. It is also featuring VR coverage on its BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 app. The World Cup has also put a spotlight on Russia’s efforts to make progress on 5G development.
For example, Ericsson partnered with Russian telecommunications company, MTS to deploy 5G-ready Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology on the MTS network in seven of the 11 tournament cities. This included coverage at select stadiums, fan zones, transportation hot spots, and landmarks including Red Square and Tverskaya Street in Moscow, said Sebastian Tolstoy, head of Ericsson in Russia.
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