SportTech Ireland – How And Why this sector is growing in 2018?
Advancements in technology over the last decade have changed the world of sport in a major way. The technologies being employed to improve performances of professional athletes now utilise everything from wearable GPS systems to technology that can forecast injuries. With big money involved, athletes, teams, and tech companies are pushing the boundaries in an effort to get an edge over the competition, and many are choosing Ireland as the place to do business.
Orreco is an Irish company that utilises Data Science and Sports Science to generate customized indicators of injury, as well as optimal training load and recovery strategies. They collaborated with IBM to build the world’s first cognitive solution for sports that helps athletes predict injury risk. The company recently signed multi-year contract renewal deals with Premier League team Newcastle United and an unnamed US National Basketball Association side worth approximately $1 million in total.
Croke Park Smart Stadium
The Croke Park Smart Stadium project is a partnership between the GAA, Dublin City University, Intel, and Microsoft. This collaboration allows Croke Park Stadium to become a test bed for some of the most cutting-edge internet of things (IoT) technologies.
The stadium is wired up with multiple connected devices, such as sensors and cameras, that collect and store data from live events. The data is then analysed to help Croke Park build new services, and better customer experiences.
Pilot IoT Projects at Croke Park include:
- Keeping perfect pitch
- Measuring noise levels
- Wind monitoring
- Detecting flood probability
- Monitoring the crowd
- Athlete performance monitoring
Established in 2012, Kitman Labs is a Dublin-based sports science company focused on reducing the risk of injury for professional athletes. The company is comprised of data scientists, sport scientists, and sports practitioners. Their athlete optimisation system enables teams and organisations to monitor the health and performance of athletes. Its client list includes; Leinster Rugby, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Pistons, Seattle Sounders, the Irish Rugby Football Union, South African Rugby Football Union, the UFC and more.
TheSport Ireland National Sports Campus
The Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in Dublin provides state of the art facilities for athletes in Ireland. With world-class facilities the campus is home to the following:
- Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre
- Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena
- Sport Ireland National Modern Pentathlon Centre
- Sport Ireland National Horse Sports Arena
- Sport Ireland National Dry Land Diving centre
- Sport Ireland Multi Sport Synthetic pitches & Turf Pitches
- Campus Conference centre
- Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track
The campus is also home to Sport Ireland Institute of Sport, FAI Headquarters, GAA Development Centre, and Irish Sports HQ, and 23 sport NGBs.
Interesting Facts & Figures:
20 – Irish Sports and Entertainment companies were funded in 2017, totalling €28.3M in funding.
€2.4Bn – The total Irish spend on the sport industry. The Global Sports industry is a US$700Bn business.
World Rugby -The international sports federation for rugby is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
43 – Companies in the sports tech space in Ireland.
400 – People currently employed in SportsTech
€22million – Total funding raised by SportsTech companies to date.
With 400+ researchers, more than 80 industry partners and over €100 million of funding, the Insight Centre for Data Analytics is one of Europe’s largest data analytics research organisations.
The Centre for Applied Data Analytics
The Centre for Applied Data Analytics is a market-focused technology centre for innovation and applied research in Big Data Analytics.
Lero has raised the standard of Irish software research. It is now one of the best known and highly regarded software related research centres in the world.
The ADAPT research centre focuses on creating new digital technologies that will transform how people communicate by helping to analyse, personalise and deliver digital data more effectively for businesses and individuals.
The success of the technology and software industry in Ireland continues to create new sectors of growth in the country. With 40 percent of Irish SportTech companies already selling to international markets such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Spain, it would appear that this sector is on the up.
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