WNBA introduces player tracking system with Kinexon, Hawk-Eye
WNBA players on the Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm will be wearing sensors on their shorts during today’s Champions Cup championship game at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The arena also installed computer vision cameras to capture 3D highlights in real time for broadcast Amazon Prime Video.
The league is expecting their new player tracking system powered by Kinexon Wearables and Hawk-Eyes AI cameras to generate around 50 million data points per game.
The sensors track data such as how fast players sprint, how often they jump and how quickly they change direction, with the data integrated into Amazon’s live stream. For the next WNBA season, the league expects its player tracking system to feature new statistics developed in collaboration with Microsoft, the league’s official cloud and artificial intelligence partner.
“Innovation is at the heart of our first Commissioner’s Cup – from the structure of our season to broadcasting cup games to piloting an advanced player tracking system through the partnership with Kinexon and Hawk-Eye,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a statement.
Kinexon was used by NBA teams For years the league’s most popular wearable for collecting data. Many leagues like the NBA, MLB, and NFL have also used Kinexon’s wearables for contact tracking during the pandemic.
The ball tracking cameras from Hawk-Eye, which are primarily known for automated line calls in tennis, are also firing MLB’s player tracking system, Statistics. The NFL will also be using Hawk-Eye during the replay review process this season.