OpenField 1.18 released with multi-user functionality, live acceleration metrics and effort breakdown

OpenField 1.18 delivers our most important update yet, with a huge range of functionality ranging from improved responsiveness, to new metrics and new ways of interrogating data, both live and post-session.

In addition to OpenField 1.18 loading activities 25-50% faster than previous releases (depending on system specification), and a new tagging feature allowing you to efficiently manage your sessions from the OF console, this release has three marquee features:

  • Multi-user and multi-team functionality
  • New acceleration and velocity parameters
  • New live functionality

Multi-User and Multi-Team

  • Multiple users simultaneously downloading, editing and analysing data
  • Add players from different teams into the same activity
  • Download player data once and share with multiple users on the same account

Using OpenField within a performance department has just become a lot more flexible.

New functionality now allows you to reliably sync multiple OpenField consoles using a single account, enabling the effortless management of your data across multiple teams and performance staff within a club.

OpenField 1.18 also caters for the travelling team, delivering a session-sharing system within your organisation with the ability to record activities and send them to other users for editing and analysis.

Finally, you now have the ability to map athletes from different teams into the same activity, enabling you to quickly manage players in and out of training sessions.

New Acceleration and Velocity Parameters

  • New velocity and acceleration effort detection
  • Acceleration and velocity effort analysis
  • Acceleration load and density

OpenField 1.18 delivers large improvements regarding effort detection, new acceleration metrics and new insights via analysis of each effort performed.

The new Catapult velocity and acceleration effort detection algorithms provide high levels of accuracy and reliability in these important parameters. The algorithms now use a more robust set of rules to capture real efforts and limit errors in detection.

As well as delivering reliable effort detection, new ‘Effort Analysis’ has been introduced, which is a flexible and tabular breakdown of each velocity and acceleration effort captured during an activity, directly from the OpenField console.

OpenField 1.18 integrates the GPSports branded ‘acceleration load’ parameters, which were developed following a research paper by Delaney et al. (2015) titled ‘Acceleration-Based Running Intensities of Professional Rugby League Match-Play’.

The acceleration load parameters are:

  • Acceleration load: The accumulation of acceleration values
  • Acceleration density: The intensity of acceleration demands, relative to time
  • Acceleration density index: The density of acceleration activity relative to distance

These parameters are velocity-derived and are designed to provide insight into the volume and intensity of the energetically demanding acceleration/deceleration components of training and performance. They are seen as especially useful in identifying competitive demands and the subsequent classification of training drill performance.

For more information on these parameters, please contact a Catapult sports scientist.

New Live Functionality

  • Live acceleration efforts
  • Live absolute/relative velocity bands
  • Live max velocity recovery

OpenField 1.18 uses brand new on-device processing techniques to deliver a whole host of new live functionality.

Acceleration efforts are now available live with the full suite of Optimeye devices, using new detection algorithms (see above).

The popular ‘absolute/relative’ velocity band functionality is now also available in the OpenField console during live data capture.

Maximum velocity is used during live data capture and it has been greatly improved for use in noisy environments by providing a live max velocity recovery function. Activating this during your live data capture will recover maximum velocities for each athlete over a rolling 60-second period.

Interested in discovering what OpenField can do for your team? Find out more here.