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Every industry is trying to make the best use of the data they have at their fingertips. So it comes as no surprise that the sports industry is collecting data relating to the performance of players and a team as a whole. Everything from heartrate beats-per-minute, to speed and agility and even injury recovery are being tracked to provide teams with insights which affects game-time decision making and strategy in a way never before seen in the history of sports.
The ability to track health data has been out for some time now. We’ve all tracked our steps and heartrates with one health app or another but what can that data actually mean? Professional teams collect a wealth of data about their athletes at an extremely detailed level. We have only just recently been able to gather meaningful insights into what the data actually means and even what it could mean in future practice and game-time situations.
Akvelon has been on the cutting edge of data science and machine learning in the world of sports. We’re continuing to drive engineering and technological advancement within sports by collaborating with Microsoft for their release of Sports Performance Platform, a Microsoft Garage Project announced at Hashtag Sports. Sports Performance Platform will be able to take data collected by professional sports teams and help them use that data to their advantage for game-time decisions and player health.
Teams @SLBenfica & @ReignFC played with our new @MSFTGarage project Sports Performance Platform. Do you want to too? https://t.co/t9aXO35y2N pic.twitter.com/8qLY7iYKxW— The Microsoft Garage (@MSFTGarage) June 27, 2017
Teams @SLBenfica & @ReignFC played with our new @MSFTGarage project Sports Performance Platform. Do you want to too? https://t.co/t9aXO35y2N pic.twitter.com/8qLY7iYKxW
— The Microsoft Garage (@MSFTGarage) June 27, 2017
Coaches and players will now have access to data results, through the use of interactive Microsoft Power BI visuals, to have the edge they need to win games.
Akvelon has experience and expertise in the core parts of the Microsoft stack including Microsoft Azure, Azure Machine Learning, Power BI, Microsoft Cognitive Services, analytics and more which gives us specialty in customizing Sports Performance Platform to best meet the needs of teams. We are putting this experience to work and are excited to be working with Cricket Australia, among others, to implement this innovative solution.
Akvelon has a heritage working in sports technology and houses two ex-sport scientists within the company. Our involvement in the sports technology industry thus far has proved the value of data and what the level of insights and analysis can provide professional sports teams.
We look forward to implementing and customizing Sports Performance Platform with sports teams internationally and helping teams use the power of data to win the day.
To learn more about Akvelon and Sports Performance Platform, contact Toby Rawlinson at email@example.com for more information.
The amount of deaths caused by traffic accidents each year is staggering. In 2014 alone, there were over 35,000 motor vehicle related deaths in just the United States and it’s nearly forty times that worldwide.
With recent advancements in technology, Victor Bahl, director of Microsoft’s Mobility and Networking Research, decided to take this issue head on and use machine learning to make intersections safer. GeekWire recently reported on the ‘Vision Zero Partnership’ composed of Microsoft, the City of Bellevue, the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Transportation, along with other organizations, to achieve the enormous goal of completely eliminating traffic deaths and injuries.
Even with so many organizations involved with this project, they still need everyone’s help to reach this goal. There are tens of thousands of traffic video files to review, so they are turning to crowdsourcing for the review process. Volunteers are helping identify objects in video files in intersections around Bellevue to help Microsoft’s algorithm learn the difference between a bicycle, a car, and a pedestrian, while also being able to recognize near-misses and accidents. By this process of selective learning, they will be able to train the computer to predict areas of danger within intersections, allowing officials to make changes in the intersection before anyone is injured. In effect, they will be avoiding traffic accidents from ever occurring.
Identifying objects in video files is a simple process anyone can do.
I decided to try this out for myself here in the office. There was no sign up or red tape to go through, I was immediately served a video file a few seconds long of an intersection in Bellevue on an ordinary rainy day.
I began by identifying a pedestrian by drawing the box around the person. I checked the “Pedestrian” box on the left to identify the “Object” and then checked the “Crossing the Road” box to indicate to the computer the actions this person was taking in the video file.
I did the same for cars and buses, making sure the boxes drawn around the objects were as tight and accurate as possible. This video file had around twenty objects to track and it took about twenty minutes to complete.
Once I had all of the objects identified in the video, I submitted my work. My lunch was extra satisfying knowing that I had contributed a little bit to help this project reach its ultimate goal. Plus, it was neat to experience another form of selective learning in the exciting field of machine learning and predictive analytics.
The process of identifying the objects in the video was very simple and straightforward which made the entire experience much more enjoyable. If you’re interested in volunteering your time to help identify objects in these videos, click here and you’ll be served a video immediately.
It’s easy and it’s fun to experience the backend of this machine learning project plus you’ll be giving your time for an important cause and exciting project.
Here at Akvelon, we’re keeping up with the latest in machine learning and predictive analytics. Follow us on Twitter for news and check out our Careers page for current open positions.
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