Football & Stadium Management: Impact Of Data Analytics In Sport

As the FIFA World Cup 2018 gets set for kick-off, we reveal the impact made by the increasing influence of data analytics in sport.

Over the next few weeks, the top 32 international teams will battle it out to become the best on the planet. The tournament in Russia is the centrepiece of another action-packed summer of sport.

Wimbledon tennis is just around the corner. There’s a packed programme of domestic and international cricket. International rugby union tours and Super League rugby league. The stars of world golf returning to Carnoustie for The Open Championship.

While the sports may differ, they share several similarities. One of which being the increasing reliance on big data, connected devices, and analytics to influence results both on and off the pitch.

In its special World Cup 2018 edition, we speak to Football & Stadium Management magazine about these growing power pressures.

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Our article touches on several areas where sensors and data are making an impact in professional sport. We highlight the ‘Hawk Eye’ ball-tracking system many sports use to aid officials with decisions. We reveal how a Formula One team’s two cars can generate more than 35 billion data points during a race weekend. In addition, we even share how clubs monitor social media stats in real-time to enhance fan experience.

All these activities, plus plenty of others commonplace in modern sport, rely on dependable storage and processing facilities. For some clubs, that’ll mean cloud-based services. While others need the speed of edge computing, so will have their own micro data centres.

Whatever the set-up, there are critical power protection requirements that must be recognised. This is true for wider sports-related infrastructure too. Any disruption to the power supply could lead to, for example, floodlight failure or issues with electronic turnstiles. Such incidents not only result in reputational damage, they could cause serious health and safety problems.

Read about the full impact of data analytics in sport in the World Cup edition of Football & Stadium Management magazine