Catapult is pleased to announce its first ClearSky installation in Europe, partnering with the Norwegian Handball Federation and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences to provide athlete analytics previously unattainable.

Catapult’s European Manager, Steve Oosterhof, is excited to see over a decade’s worth of research bringing ClearSky to market eventuate in a key signing.

“Everyone at Catapult is extremely excited at seeing ClearSky in use by both the men’s and women’s Norwegian National Handball teams after an enormous body of work conducted by engineer and sport scientists etc” Oosterhof said.

The Norwegian Handball Federation is a member of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports (NIF) and includes the women’s national team that are double-defending Olympic champions and have previously won the World Championships and four consecutive Euro Championships.

Dr. Matt Spencer from the Department of Physical Performance, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS), has a strong background in sport science research within team sports and is thrilled to be working with Catapult to analyse data in a sport previously unable to gather in-depth athlete information.

“We are very excited to be working in partnership with Catapult and their new ClearSky system,” Spencer said. “ This new technology will greatly enhance the player tracking analysis of the Norwegian National Teams as they work towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

“ I am confident that our relationship with both teams will result in a mutual success, where we will provide specific data analysis and interpretation, in addition to conducting original research using ClearSky.  The ClearSky technology is unsurpassed for athlete tracking for indoor team sports and is ideal for the sport of handball.

“The combination of the high resolution, inertial movement analysis with the precise accuracy of the integrated local positional system is exceptional.  Furthermore, the portable and wireless base stations, allowing for quick set-up is a must in this environment, where the national teams will be training and playing matches at numerous venues.”

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS), based in Oslo, is the national organisation for education and research related to sport sciences. Dating back to 1870, when it was ‘The Gymnastical Central School for Athletics and Weapon Use’, the NSSS has over 1600 students (70 of which are PhD students) and specialise in physical activity and health, coaching and sport psychology, sport management, physical education, and sport biology.

“To be working with a world-class team like the Norwegian Handball Federation is an exciting prospect for Catapult” Oosterhof said. “To then compliment that work with world-class research lead by Matt Spencer and his team from NSSS is a real value-add, and can only lead to some ground-breaking research as we have never been able to capture this type of data indoors before”.

ClearSky, the world’s first wireless local positioning system and recent winner of the Australian Engineering Excellence Award, is a unique system that provides scientifically-validated athlete data regardless of the surrounding environment.

While GPS devices have enhanced sport science application worldwide, they are limited to outdoor sports where there is minimal interference. As satellite reception is paramount for positional data with GPS devices, this rules out all indoor sports like basketball, ice hockey and handball.

ClearSky addresses every limitation of GPS and uses small portable satellites, or nodes, strategically placed around the perimeter of a playing area, allowing tracking to within 15cm.

A short video on the development of ClearSky, with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), can be found here.


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