PlaySight SmartCourt Technology Arrives in Germany with Alba Berlin

Alba Berlin is one of the top basketball clubs in Europe, and they recently became the latest pro team to adopt SmartCourt technology to train Smarter. They join the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Purdue Boilermakers, and North Carolina Tar Heels (as well as several other professional clubs in Israel and Europe, including Joventut Badalona) as the only basketball clubs in the world ‘Powered by PlaySight.’

More about the team, from their official website:

Founded in 1989 ALBA BERLIN now plays its 27th season. Eight German league titles, nine German cups and the Korac Cup in 1995 are the outcome of 27 years in which the “Albatrosses” always played in a European competition and always reached the German playoffs.  2016/2017 ALBA competes in the 7DAYS EuroCup, the German National League easyCredit BBL and the German National Cup. ALBA home games are played in the Mercedes-Benz Arena (14,500 seats).

Their sports director talks about PlaySight’s impact.

The SmartCourt console screen in the background on their practice court.

The coaches get trained up on the PlaySight system.

One of the Alba Berlin coaches signs up for a PlaySight account on the console.

To read more about PlaySight’s SmartCourt for basketball, you can read this SportTechie article.

The SmartCourt system consists of up to nine cameras around the court being connected to the Internet, allowing for live streaming of practices. Plays can be immediately reviewed, enabling teams to take advantage of limited court time they have with players, thus making practice more efficient.

The footage is uploaded with automated video cloud storage, where it can be integrated with tagging platforms — NBA teams use SportsCode — so the action can quickly be organized. No longer does a single camera angle at practice have to be manually uploaded when SmartCourt does it in real-time.

And for the future, PlaySight is working toward a wearable integration with the cameras for next year as the company looks to bring its system to the basketball masses.


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