BeSpoon’s Position-tracking System Captures and Displays Real-Time Data to Improve Sports Teams’ Performance

‘Next-generation statistics’ generated by three-dimensional data on athletes’ movements also enhance fan enjoyment of games

 

LE BOURGET DU LAC, France – Aug. 31, 2015 – BeSpoon SAS today launched BeSpoon Sport Edition, an ultra-precise position-tracking system that allows teams to measure and analyze player movement in three dimensions and provide immediate feedback to improve performance.

 

Designed for professional and other high-level competitive teams, BeSpoon Sport Edition generates key metrics such as distance run faster than 7km/h, average acceleration and jump height in real time. These next-generation statistics immediately give coaches, players and fans new insight into the action on the field.

 

BeSpoon’s impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) technology, which can track individuals’ or objects’ positions and movements to within a few inches, measures the time of flight of an UWB signal, and is impervious to interference by nearby people or objects. The technology is ideal for tracking movement both in terms of accuracy and robustness.

 

BeSpoon Sport Edition, which combines BeSpoon’s technology and SportTracking FusionTM software, is being used by Chambery Savoie Handball, a professional team in France. BeSpoon recently uploaded a YouTube video showing its tracking engine at work to improve player performance.

 

Installed in Le Phare, the team’s 4,500-seat indoor arena, the system instantaneously computes the position of players, who are wearing tiny chips, in three dimensions and feeds the SportTracking FusionTM engine. Using portable computers near the team’s bench, coaches and players are able to optimize training and step up their game. The system also generates player statistics during games for fans to view.

 

“It was amazing to see how quickly the tracking system was implemented by our team,” said Laurent Munier, general manager of Chambery Savoie Handball. “After a few minutes, our athletes and coaches figured out how they could take advantage of the immediate feedback and engaged with the tool to improve their performance.”

 

“BeSpoon Sport Edition is a new, practical and affordable way to apply the benefits of innovative microelectronics in everyday activities,” said BeSpoon CEO Jean-Marie André. “The systems’ next-generation data can dramatically improve athletes’ performance and enhance sport-fans’ experience with real-time statistics.

 

“In addition, sports is just one example of the many domains where inch-level tracking technology can bring disruptive changes. In logistics, our customers are now able to automate challenging and expensive operations, as well as improve security in the warehouse. Retail stores are implementing location-based operation, a radical improvement in the way stores are managed daily. Defense organizations are using the technology for location tracking, which drastically enhances soldier safety. These are just a few areas where precise-location has already started to change the game. Industry, health care and museums are next on the list.”

 

 

About BeSpoon

BeSpoon, a fabless semiconductor company that also offers system-level products and support, solved the problem of indoor position tracking with a proprietary chip that can track items or individuals to within a few centimeters. Developed in cooperation with CEA-LETI in Grenoble, France, the location process measures the time of flight of an ultra wide band (UWB) radio signal with a precision of 125 picoseconds, opening a vast range of opportunities for asset monitoring, precise indoor location in professional and consumer environments. For more information, visit www.BeSpoon.com.

 

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Sarah-Lyle Dampoux

sldampoux@mahoneylyle.com

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BeSpoon Unveils Tools to Create Multiple Uses For its Ultraprecise 3D, Real-time Location Technology

BeSpoon Unveils Tools to Create Multiple Uses

For its Ultraprecise 3D, Real-time Location Technology

 

Building Blocks Allow Simple Integration of BeSpoon’s Solution

For Measuring Distances within a Few Centimeters Accuracy

 

LE BOURGET DU LAC, France – Oct. 14, 2014 – BeSpoon SAS today unveiled three turnkey system-level development packages that enable companies to integrate 3D real-time location system (RTLS) technology into industrial and consumer products.

 

With these hardware and software building blocks, system engineers have simple and economical tools for using BeSpoon’s high-precision RTLS technology in multiple applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing, healthcare, home automation, gaming, emergency management and countless other sectors.

 

The building blocks allow quick prototyping of systems that can track virtually any object to within a few centimeters of its location, indoors or out, in three dimensions, using BeSpoon’s pioneering single-chip precision RTLS technology.

 

The importance of high-precision localization systems was highlighted recently by Google CEO Larry Page, who said location tracking should be precise within inches.

 

“BeSpoon’s RTLS system offers that capability today, and we are making it easy for system engineers to experiment with it, because we’re confident they’ll come up with hundreds of great ideas,” says BeSpoon CEO Jean-Marie André. “The huge range of today’s GPS-enabled applications shows what can be done with a combination of human creativity and reliable positioning data. Our technology enables something similar, but with full indoor compatibility, much greater location accuracy, and a level of robustness not found in any previously available solution.”

 

André added that the rapidly growing IoT would offer an additional level of functionality by providing communications infrastructure that can collect, manage and share precision location information.

 

The new packages enable Precise Inverted 3D, Precise Indoor GPS and Precise RTLS.

 

  • The Precise Inverted 3D design package comes with a SpoonPhone (featuring an Android API to access the location data) and the inverted 3D software. The software is capable of computing its 3D location based on the positions of six fixed tags. This allows rapid testing and requires minimal hardware configuration.
  • Precise Indoor GPS enables additional SpoonPhones to locate themselves just by listening to the tags. This also allows deploying an unlimited number of self-locating devices.
  • Precise Location RTLS tracks in real time a set of tags whose locations are made available through a simple server connection.

 

 

With these capabilities, BeSpoon’s technology is ideal for single devices and server-centric solutions tracking multiple items. In a device-centric application, a moving device constantly computes its location and orientation within a 3D space. This approach could be implemented, for example, in a set of goggles to create a virtual-reality environment, or in a navigation system for a campus or mall. In a server-centric solution, a central infrastructure tracks locations of many individual items. This model could be used for tracking products in factories or on luggage conveyors in airports, among many applications.

 

For more information about the new kits, plus pricing and ordering process, visit www.BeSpoon.com.

 

About BeSpoon

BeSpoon, a fabless semiconductor company that also offers system-level products and support, solved the problem of indoor position tracking with a proprietary chip that can track items or individuals to within a few centimeters. Developed in cooperation with CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, the location process measures the time of flight of an ultra wide band (UWB) radio signal with a precision of 125 picoseconds, opening a vast range of opportunities for asset monitoring, precise indoor location, and ultimately the ability to keep track of all our belongings via our phones. For more information, visit www.BeSpoon.com

 

Contact

Sarah-Lyle Dampoux

sldampoux@mahoneylyle.com

+33 9 72 30 92 29