Catapult’s next frontier in athlete analytics, the world’s first wireless local positioning system for elite sport – ClearSky, recently received the highest praise in the form of an Australian Engineering Excellence Award at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra.

The award submission, titled ‘Tracking elite athletes with revolutionary ClearSky technology’, was a joint entrant between Catapult and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia’s premier scientific research agency. The technology uses CSIRO’s platform Wireless Ad hoc System (WASP) technology, which was developed to track people and objects where traditional objects do not work and clear reception of radio signals is difficult.

WASP has been used in mining and emergency management and, integrated with Catapult’s inertial sensors and advanced algorithms, forms an extremely accurate athlete tracking system named ClearSky.

Engineers Australia describes ClearSky below.

“The ‘Tracking elite athletes with revolutionary ClearSky technology’ project by the CSIRO and Catapult Sports uses ground-breaking wireless technology to track athletes’ performance.  With such a high degree of accuracy and versatility, the technology can be used in various GPS-poor environments, including stadiums, to fulfil a growing need by coaches, trainers, sports physicians and broadcast media around the world to accurately track athletes.

“The innovative system enables real-time tactical analysis of athletes, operates within indoor and covered venues, (unlike existing GPS systems), and provides world-leading movement analytics. Its novel signal processing enables a high resilience to signal deprivation caused by reflections in complex indoor radio environments. This cutting-edge technology will further provide significant benefits to emergency management and fire rescue operations, along with advantages to its application in the mining industry and the Australian armed forces.

ClearSky will be available in early 2014 for use by elite teams.


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