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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday July 16, @11:04AM   Printer-friendly
from the 15-love dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The Championships at Wimbledon, which consumes some 28 tons of strawberries, 10,000 litres of cream, and 320,000 glasses of Pimm's per year, is notable for its seemingly unchecked luxuriant hedonism. But while most companies, organisations, and institutions are looking to cut costs, Wimbledon has stuck to its mantra. Don't do things cheaper; do things better.

Case in point: Wimbledon's use of technology is really quite impressive. I've been lucky enough to follow Wimbledon's tech over the last three years, and it has been very encouraging to see a massive endeavour like The Championships dive deeper and deeper into technology. You might think that after 140 years Wimbledon could be stuck in its ways, but far from it. When technology is the only viable way of providing consistent, significant gains for players, visitors, and hundreds of millions of people spectating remotely, you don't try to fight it; you embrace it.

Of course, Wimbledon is embracing tech in a distinctly Wimbledon way. This year, for example, The Championships are trialling free Wi-Fi—but because they don't yet know how people will behave with free Wi-Fi, it's only available in three specific locations (near the food court, in the ticket resale area, and on the west side of court 12). The tournament continues through this weekend, but its team has already started analysing the data. It turns out that, thankfully, the Wi-Fi users on court 12 only use their phones between points. When play begins, Wi-Fi usage stops. If the trial is a success, Wi-Fi could be rolled out across Wimbledon in 2018.

[...] Perhaps most excitingly, Wimbledon is now storing the 3D state of tennis matches via the Hawk-Eye camera system available on some of the courts. Hawk-Eye, which uses multiple cameras to track the ball and resolve line judging disputes, outputs a constant stream of data that IBM can process into a useful format. But actually doing something with that data is a risky affair, because it isn't clear who owns it. Some tennis players, as you can imagine, aren't keen for some wily big data/machine learning software to reveal the secrets of their play style to the world.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @11:50AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @11:50AM (#539873)

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday July 16, @04:14PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 16, @04:14PM (#539921) Homepage Journal

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday July 16, @11:55AM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday July 16, @11:55AM (#539874)

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    But, only 80 grams of strawberries per glass of Pimms? That's a lot of a very specific drink...

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    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 16, @04:17PM (#539923) Homepage Journal

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @12:48AM

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  • (Score: 1) by ewk on Monday July 17, @11:11AM

    by ewk (5923) on Monday July 17, @11:11AM (#540254)

    "Some tennis players, as you can imagine, aren't keen for some wily big data/machine learning software to reveal the secrets of their play style to the world."

    So... tell me why exactly again the actions of normal people (their life style, if you want) should be harvested, digested and analyzed into oblivion?

    Just like the EULA we normal people have to agree to before we can use an appliance, Wimbledon can adjust their EULA/Tournament rules.
    'Do you want to play the Tournament? All your data are belongs to us' :-)

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