WNBA Debuts Player Tracking System With Kinexon, Hawk-Eye
WNBA players on the Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm will wear sensors clipped to their shorts during tonight’s Commissioner’s Cup championship game at Footprint Center in Phoenix. The arena also installed computer vision cameras to capture real-time 3D highlights for the broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.
The league expects its new player-tracking system powered by Kinexon wearables and Hawk-Eye’s AI cameras to generate about 50 million data points per game.
The sensors will track data such as how fast players sprint, how often they jump and how quickly they change direction, with data integrated into Amazon’s livestream. Next WNBA season, the league expects its player-tracking system to offer new stats, which will be developed in partnership with Microsoft, the league’s official cloud and artificial intelligence partner.
“Innovation is at the core of our inaugural Commissioner’s Cup—from the structure of our season to the broadcast of Cup games and now to piloting an advanced player-tracking system through partnering with Kinexon and Hawk-Eye,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement.
Kinexon has been used by NBA teams for years, becoming the league’s most popular wearable for collecting data. Many leagues such as the NBA, MLB, and NFL have also used Kinexon’s wearables for contact tracing during the pandemic.
Hawk-Eye’s ball-tracking cameras, best known for making automated line calls in tennis, also fuel MLB’s player-tracking system, Statcast. The NFL will also begin using Hawk-Eye during its replay review process this season.