The Virtual Referee Assistant #CES2020

Will the referee of the future be a robot? One has to ask that question after seeing ST37 Sport Et Technologie’s cameras effectively serve as a referee. Founded by a fencing champion, their product, Mia, offers the opportunity to assist and improve the judgment of existing referees.

Mia combines a camera, edge processing, artificial intelligence, and a wireless network interface to autonomously judge, either on a stand-alone basis or as an assistant to a human referee. It is a referee for fencing, canoeing, kayaking, and horseriding.

At CES2020, Carolina Riquelme-Sobrin indicated that soccer, volleyball, basketball, and tennis are some of the new sports Mia can judge. Some sports, such as tennis, require up to five cameras, while others, such as fencing, only require one to three cameras.

It also provides the added benefit of streaming the video and providing real-time statistics. Additionally, ST37’s analytics provides a training tool for athletes.

At €6,500 per camera, it opens up the market for electronic referees. With its ability to live stream video and statistics, it could bring be a game-changer for niche sports and mainstream with smaller audiences.

2 responses to “The Virtual Referee Assistant #CES2020”

  1. Steve Terry Avatar
    Steve Terry

    Hey Ken, good questions and thorough review. Me and my colleagues at Digiscore Technologies were hoping you would go into a deep dive of how it compares with OttoUmp. I was also intrigued by the adjacent StopSkate booth; did you get a chance to talk to them? I wonder if that would allow me to “crash the net” without actually crashing into it??

  2. Ken Pyle Avatar
    Ken Pyle

    Thanks for the kind words. Oddly, I didn’t even think about OttoUmp when I was talking to Carolina. It was only after I started editing the video that the cobwebs shook loose and it reminded me of OttoUmp and Digiscore Tech. It is amazing how much things have progressed in 25-years!

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