The NFL will track players with RFID for better stats in real time


The National Football League is getting into the internet of things by placing RFID chips inside players’ shoulder pads so coaches and fans can get real-time stats while the game is in play. The NFL joins other sports including soccer and basketball in attempting to get better data quickly via technology.

The NFL will use Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system in 17 stadiums during the 2014 season. The tech will track position, speed, and distance, sending it first to RFID receivers around the arena and then to a database where the NFL is envisioning new uses for the data. Zebra, which is better known for building asset-tracking tech for Fortune 500 companies, will install the receivers in the 15 stadiums that host Thursday Night Football games (Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington) as well as in Detroit…

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