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Tuesday 21st June 2016
Wearable tech is becoming more prominent in the tech market with apple watches, fit bits etc. becoming increasingly popular. The Euro 2016 tournament is now well underway and it would seem teams, coaches and the supporters are beginning to reap the benefits of wearable gadgets.

In this blog we explore just some of the different ways FIFA has incorporated wearable tech into the Euro 2016 tournament…

The players

Player tracking systems which involve building sensors into team kits that players wear on the training ground and in matches are now pretty common across Europe.

A sensor called the Sportsstats Viper Pod will be an essential feature to be used in the euro tournament as the trackers can feed back integral information from players to managers, including metrics such as speed, acceleration, step balance and heart rate. It can also report a player’s fatigue index.

All the data will be streamed live and accessible to managers where they can monitor individual’s performances throughout the game and make vital tactical decisions.

The referees

Goal line technology is finally a reality and making its debut at the euros. This type of tech is already being used in select leagues across Europe and is already being used in other sporting tournaments such as Wimbledon and The Ashes. When the ball is detected to have crossed the line, refs who will be wearing watches that are synced with the system will receive a vibration alerting them if there is a goal

The supporters
Wearable tech also has the ability to improve the match day experience for supporters and increase fan engagement. For those travelling to France for the euros, there are some wearable opportunities. For example; in Lille transport network transpole has partnered with Germalto to make contactless payment wristbands available for fans to travel around the city easily for the 6 euro matches the city is hosting.

For those who can't make the trip to France, there’s always UEFA's decision to green light the filming of some matches in Virtual Reality, including all of England's group games. Nokia Technologies' OZO professional-grade cameras will be shooting the 360-degree footage with cameras set to be situated inside the players' tunnel.

Innovation in technology has already transformed the ways we are able to view, and interact with sporting events like the Euros 2016. It will be interesting to see how far things have progressed by Euro 2020 or even by the World Cup 2018.

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