Observer Programme Making Waves

04 July 2011

European Basketball officials are privileged people these days. Cutting edge technology has entered areas not imagined before to make their life and their work easier.

The System Observer programme, a comprehensive video analysis software, is one of those cutting edge technologies.

The Observer Programme at work at the 2011 EHF U17 European Championship in Czech Republic
The Observer Programme at work at the 2011 EHF U17 European Championship in Czech Republic

Real time video footage goes into interactive online platform that can be used by an observer looking on from the stands.

That observer then reviews questionable decisions on the court made by referees, selects clips and makes comments that appear beside them.

Those clips are then uploaded to the online platform immediately.

Referees can receive copies at any time, review the clips and comments, and reply.

When observers and referees meet the next morning, everyone will have seen the video, observations and replies.

In the recent EuroBasket Women if a coach of a national team playing in Katowice had wanted to look at video clips of a potential Quarter-Final opponent that was competing in Bydgoszcz, all he'd need to do is connect to the System Observer Programme.

The technology is so useful that it has found its way into other sports.

The European Handball Federation will use the FETC technology for their next seven events, including the 2012 European Handball Championship for Men in Serbia.

"What makes this system unique is that it is in real time," says Antonio Ojeda, the FIBA Europe Technology Centre General Manager.

In fact, a referees advisor can be doing a teaching clinic an ocean away and immediately be able to look at the clips and comments since the System Observer programme goes to an online platform.

"Above all, it saves time for everyone involved," Ojeda said, "time that can be used for other things."

If the DSS and System Observer programmes seem too good to be true, guess what? More advances in technology that are going to help everyone in basketball and other sports are on the way.

"The Techno Centre has grown a lot in a small period of time," said Ojeda. "We continue to investigate
new technologies to help sport."



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