The IoT-Enabled Super Bowl of Tomorrow

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Movement-Tracking Turf

Tracking a player's movements isn't as easy as slapping a GPS-enabled sensor onto their helmet. In order to maximize the value of data collected from IoT technology, the stadium of tomorrow will need to cross-reference information from a number of sources, including the turf beneath the players' feet.

Communicating with the new Internet-connected uniforms, as well as more traditional sensors such as a stadium's cameras, sensors will be able to map out a particular player's location at any given time. Similarly to what we see in games like Madden, the viewing experience of tomorrow could even include a real-time map of the action.

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, 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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