STATSports honoured at Sports Technology Awards in London
Local company STATSports was honoured at the Sports Technology Awards in London yesterday.
The company, founded by Alan Clarke and Sean O’Connor in Dundalk IT in 2007, won the best wearable award for its on-going performance in pro-sports.
The STATSports device is the favoured tracker for a host of teams including Manchester United and the Washington Wizards basketball team.
“The STATSports wearable is impressive for offering an extraordinary amount of data to athletes and coaches and delivering that data extremely fast. The implications being that coaches can monitor their athletes more closely and that athletes can maximize their training whilst minimizing risk of injury,” read the judges’ report.
Last week it launched its latest wearable product Apex at a conference in Wembley. The device, which is a chip worn on a vest by sportspeople, tracks movement and is worn by athletes during training and on match day to collect data about their physiological performance. It succeeds the Viper system which collects more than half a million numbers every minute and translates this into valuable information that is easy for coaches to act upon.
STATSports has 35 employees with plans to expand this number to cope with the ever increasing demand for the Viper system. The company is expected to seek out funding this year as it looks to expand its presence in the football market.
Up until last year the firm’s products could only be used in training by football teams but a ruling by FIFA last year permits the wearable tech to now be worn in games.
STATSports work with 80 per cent of the English Premier League as well as Barcelona, Juventus and Athletic Bilbao. They also have a number of international teams including Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Poland. STATSports also count a host of rugby teams including the IRFU, RFU, Ulster, Connacht and Leicester. STATSports opened its US headquarters in 2015 and has already signed more than 20 teams across the NFL, NBA and MLS including Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bulls and LA Galaxy.