JOHAN: The Digital Oracle for Field Sports, Including GNSS Player Tracking in Real-Time
The idea is to develop a system to track players real-time during field sports by the use of the EGNOS system and, in the future, Galileo. Existing tracking technologies are too expensive (video-based systems) or not precise enough (GPS-based systems). By making use of the EGNOS system and Galileo, greater precision (< 1 meter) and reliability can be achieved. The system must be affordable, portable, small, and robust. In this way, it will be an improvement on existing technologies in terms of both precision and costs. In the concept, every player will wear a GNSS device to track his or her movements, accelerations, and heart rate. The data will be transferred wirelessly to coaches’ laptops and processed into useful information, such as on distances run, speed (minimum, maximum, average), collisions, and maximum heart rate. The data can also be viewed online or on a mobile app after matches. This kind of system is highly valued by sports teams and academic institutes. The information can be used to analyse each player’s performance and as a form of tactical support. The development of this system will be relatively cheap and feasible because it only uses existing technology.
On 1 February 2014 the Dutch start-up Johan started its incubation at the ESA BIC Noordwijk, the Netherlands.