Tuesday, April 17, 2012
FIFA finally gives in
FIFA will conduct extensive tests on two systems under consideration. The first, widely considered the favorite, is the Hawk-Eye product used in professional tennis and international cricket. Hawk-Eye, now owned by Sony, uses a series of high-tech cameras to track the ball at every stage of its flight. It can determine whether the ball has crossed the line thanks to the same processes its inventor, Dr. Paul Hawkins, once used to develop programs designed to assist in complex brain surgeries and missile flight patterns.
It faces stern competition, though, from a Danish company called GoalRef that relies on a magnetic field to achieve the same result and also boasts exceptional accuracy.
A broad and lower-level initial testing process narrowed the field to Hawk-Eye and GoalRef earlier this year, although at that point any shift in the laws of soccer was unlikely.
"The second phase of tests will commence before the end of April," read a FIFA statement this week. "[It] will continue throughout May."
Both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef are beloved in the technology world and said to boast the finest and most up-to-date developments. Each has the capability to inform the referee within less than one second whether a goal should stand or not. Such quick timing mutes the argument that analyzing contentious goals would upset the flow of a game.
From the Gun
Via Yahoo Sports