The IoT-Enabled Super Bowl of Tomorrow

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Training for Safety

Nothing can upset a game quite like a player's injury. Not only is this a game changer for fans hopeful that their teams can win, it is a critical concern of coaches and trainers.

There is huge investment in wearables, sensors and analytics for health and fitness monitoring in the market presently. Coaches and trainers stand to benefit immensely from this investment by using the emerging tech to ensure players' safety and health. For example, trainers could use special sensors on water bottles to track a player's water intake and receive notifications if a player is at risk of dehydration. If a player has a minor but playable injury, coaches could monitor and detect warning signs of dangerous impacts, impending heat exhaustion and even a player's anxiety levels.

If there is one thing sports fans understand, it's the value of data. No statistic is too obscure for your diehard Fantasy Football junkie and, as a result, there is no more fitting technology for the professional sports industry than the Internet of Things (IoT) – whether they know it or not.

The applications for IoT in stadiums range from the seemingly mundane (Internet-connected concession stands) to the truly sci-fi (Internet-connected players). However, in order for the technology to take home a Super Bowl ring of its own one day, the industry needs to embrace the technologies' glamorous applications, along with the applications currently only making engineers drool.

The following slideshow, provided by wot.io, a data service exchange for connected device platforms, lays out the best of both worlds, the sexy and the practical, in order to make the case that the smart stadium of tomorrow has benefits for fans, teams and maintenance staff alike. With Gartner predicting that there will be 26 billion connected devices by 2020, it's a safe bet that some of these will be landing in your local sports stadium, so it's about time we start figuring out what that will look like.

 

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