STATS Launches AutoSTATS, the First Patented AI-Powered Technology to Capture Sports Tracking Data via Broadcast Video

AutoSTATS Unlocks the Potential to Capture Tracking Data from any
Game — Past or Present

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, STATS, the worldwide leader in sports data and intelligence,
announced the official launch of AutoSTATS, the first artificial
intelligence (AI) and computer vision technology to deliver
comprehensive player-tracking data through any broadcast.

AutoSTATS harnesses the latest capabilities in AI and machine learning
to automate tracking with X/Y coordinates, differentiating players and
the ball and coordinating player movements around the court or playing
field. The technology has the ability to track deep player and team
performance data directly from video, opening the door to track
historical games when optical tracking solutions weren’t available.

“In 2009, STATS became the first company to install optical player
tracking cameras in the rafters of NBA, capturing the deepest
player-tracking and team data at that time,” said Dr. Helen Sun, Chief
Technology Officer at STATS. “Since we first installed our SportVU
technology, tracking data has become an integral part of game
preparations for coaches, analysts, media and fans in almost every
professional sport. However, with player tracking only available in
stadiums with optical tracking cameras, there is an enormous gap in its

AutoSTATS has already begun collecting tracking data for select college
basketball games during the 2018-19 season, where optical tracking
solutions are limited. As a result, the
Orlando Magic recently signed an exclusive deal with STATS
, making
the Magic the only NBA team with access to AutoSTATS data, which will be
used for college scouting.

STATS has also begun adding a new layer to AutoSTATS using OpenPose, a
product manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.
OpenPose unlocks new layers of body-pose information, providing a deeper
quality of player tracking data like body position, shot form, torque,
and other aspects of the game.

“STATS has been lucky to have the deepest trove of sports data, as well
as the most player tracking data in the world—dating back to the first
optically tracked soccer game in 1999,” said Dr. Patrick Lucey, VP of AI
at STATS. “Using our years of AI and machine learning research, we have
been able to plug that data into AutoSTATS, teaching the computer new
aspects of the game faster. This new technology has the ability to
unlock more data and insights than any sports company has ever been able
to collect.”

STATS’ award-winning AI team has published 16 papers and a host of
patents since 2016. The team and research has been recognized at the
world’s most prestigious AI conferences.

“AutoSTATS is a completely new technology, that wouldn’t be available
without developing the robust AI, computer vision and machine learning
technologies we have in place today,” said Dr. Sun. “While STATS started
in 1981 as a small sports data and analytics company, we have become an
AI-centric Software as a Business company, improving fan engagement,
sports betting, team performance and computer vision based data
generation. Our vision and product strategy is centered on a culture of
fearless innovation that redefines how sports are consumed, understood
and played. I couldn’t be more proud of how AutoSTATS epitomizes that

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STATS is the global leader in sports intelligence, operating at the
intersection of sports and technology. The world’s most innovative
brands, technology companies, leagues and dozens of world championship
teams trust STATS to find their winning edge. STATS combines the
industry’s fastest and most accurate data platform with video analysis,
sports content and research, player tracking, and the latest in
artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to provide
unparalleled media and team performance solutions. The pioneer of live
sports data, STATS continues to speed innovation in the industry with
STATS Edge™, the first-ever team performance solution powered by AI. For
more information, go to
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