How the Internet of Things is transforming the sports world

There are two ways in which the Internet of Things is helping the sports world. On one hand, sports teams are implanting sensors in the clothes and equipment of their players to better monitor their performance and give them feedback on how they can improve their game. The other way involves installing IoT-enabled systems in the sports facilities to help the sports club improve their operations, better serve their customers and sell more.

Smart buildings are essential to the success of either strategy. The embedded sensors in the player’s clothing or equipment transmit data to the stadium’s Wi-Fi network to help the team monitor his performance. This same data can be shared with viewers for a better fan experience. The other benefits of smart stadiums include better energy management by keeping track of which areas are more crowded, increased public safety, redirecting people from busier areas to ones where there are shorter queues and selling more merchandise through proximity marketing solutions.

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By creating “smart sportsmen” i.e. network-connected players, it’s not just their coaches and team management who can get real-time insights into a player’s performance but even the fans can know how their player is performing. If the team does not want to make this kind of data public, it can still use the player-generated data to keep track of his fitness levels. RFID tags and sensors are already being used in players’ shoulder-pads, mouth guards, helmets and also as smart adhesives. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, anxiety levels and other health parameters can be tracked with the help of these devices to ensure that the player is at his best before the game.

What you can do with IoT in sports

  • Real-time player performance statistics

    Real-time player performance statistics

  • Training for safety

    Training for safety

  • Fan connectivity

    Fan connectivity

  • Proximity marketing opportunities

    Proximity marketing opportunities

  • Security for the stadium

    Security for the stadium

  • Wearables for players

    Wearables for players

By 2017, global shipments of sports and fitness monitors should rise to 56.2 million units, up from 43.8 million in 2013

– IHS.
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