The amount of data that gets captured during an NFL game these days is absolutely mind-blowing. There's so much that it's almost hard to comprehend. But John Pollard, vice president of business development for Zebra Technologies , the official on-field player-tracking provider of the NFL, paints a pretty good picture: "Every player that participates in a game, whether they're on the sidelines or on the field, has RFID tags in their shoulder pads." he explained in an interview with Digital Trends. "Most players have two tags — one on each shoulder pad, sometimes with a third one between the shoulder blades. All the field officials are also tagged, as well as things like the pylons and the yardsticks on the field. The ball itself has an RFID tag as well. And all these tags communicate with a series of receiver boxes that are permanently installed around the perimeter of all the stadiums in the NFL." "The player tags send a signal to the receiver boxes 12 times per second." he continues. "The ball itself blinks 25 times a second. And so with that information, we can find out where they are on the field, within a couple of inches of… Read full this story
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