How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball
Monday, November 3, 2014
Most people know radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips as the security tags adorning clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra Technologies, the company behind the RFID-based motion tracking system that the league is implementing this season. Zebra is in town to try and convince the operators of Wembley Stadium and the rest of the sports world to follow the example set by the NFL. I spoke with them about what makes their technology compelling and the future applications it can have for coaches, fans, and players of all sports.