The sports tracking industry is changing rapidly as sport clubs, associations and academies show an increasing interest in the possibilities that tracking data has to offer. Recent developments at Inmotio, in particular the merger with optical tracking company BallJames, have also driven these rapid changes with the introduction of Inmotio Hybrid. This tracking solution is a completely unique offering to the market, providing affordable data for both physical and tactical analysis.
Over the last couple of years, many teams have started using a wearable tracking solution on their training grounds and during matches, collecting data to enrich physical analysis. This has enabled coaches to improve match preparation and performance workload. Top tier teams and leagues usually also have a full optical solution in place to provide match tracking data. This enables them to put the physical effort in context of game phases, and even add tactical analysis to the mix.
Key questions that can be answered through tracking data:
– Are the high intensity runs mostly during ball possession?
– What is the intensity during a conversion?
– How well did we apply pressure in the final third?
And these are just a few of the countless questions that come to mind.
Unfortunately for many academies or lower tier leagues the latter used to be highly unattainable due to high costs of those full optical solutions. Inmotio Hybrid, our newest tracking solution, is there to change this. It enables contextual physical analysis as well as tactical analysis, even for academies or lower tier leagues. This unique tracking solution combines the strengths from both wearable and optical technologies. It provides tracking data that covers all players, match officials and the ball, 25 times per second, throughout an entire match.
Your own players are all identified using wearable data, whereas your opponents’ locations are provided without identities. Compared to a full optical solution, no manual annotation is needed which makes Hybrid data much faster, more affordable and with only a limited reduction of the quality. And compared to a wearable solution, a lot of context is added, with information on ball and opponent locations.
For many academies and clubs, the solution is a matter of plug-and-play within the existing workflow. On the input side, it only requires static high resolution video feeds from your match and wearable tracking data from your own players. Both are already very common and widely used within the industry. On the output side, the data can be exported to any desired format, database or athlete management system. Inmotio supports all common providers of video and wearable systems. Just some examples of combinations used are Catapult GPS data with a Pixellot video feed, or STATSports GPS with a Spiideo video feed.