- Technological Innovation Changing The Face Of Squash
Previews Squash Technology
A Unique Interactive Experience for the Bermuda Masters 2005
The Virtual Spectator Bermuda Masters 2005 is not only showcasing the
world's top 31 squash players, but a remarkably enhanced visual experience
is being "test driven", as new technology captures on-court play. VS
SquashTrac(tm) is the latest VS innovation, currently in beta-testing, using
the award-winning interactive technology of Virtual Spectator(tm) and the
combined resources of Investors Guaranty Group(tm).
Just as glass courts added a break-through dimension to visualizing play, VS
SquashTrac(tm) enhances the court-side experience with added visual
dimensions and player analytics. For fans unable to enjoy the warm
hospitality of Bermuda during the event, and for players after each match,
VS SquashTrac(tm) and video highlights from the 2005 Bermuda Masters are
available by logging on to www.virtualspectator.com/preview.
VS SquashTrac(tm) combines multi-camera video, electronic player tracking,
and thermographic imaging to provide multiple perspectives and performance
analytics on a squash player's every move. Through the VS squash viewer over
the web, for television broadcast or through digital tablets at the event,
the user is virtually in complete control of how the game is viewed. The
interface gives the user access to choose from various high-definition (HD)
camera angles, an infrared view, and an array of statistics and data,
captured live at the event, and, of course, the 3D animations for which
Virtual Spectator is well known.
Virtual Spectator(tm) (VS) is a leading interactive visualization and sports
information group known for its 3D interactive animations of America's Cup
sailing, World Rally Motor Sports, golf, rugby, cricket, horse racing, and
in Bermuda, the world's premier match racing event, The King Edward the VII
Gold Cup. The group has a history of world-class technology innovation with
a focus on visualization products designed to simplify complex data and ease
understanding of nuances in sports, as well as business data.
The development of VS SquashTrac(tm) represents a fast-track collaboration
of the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association, Virtual Spectator's New Zealand
3D animation team, its Australian real-time technologies group, coordinated
and produced by ImageAction Ltd.
Bermuda Masters Director Ross Triffitt commented, "I am delighted that a
major player in world sports technology chose to be the Title Sponsor of the
Bermuda Masters. I am even more pleased about how much their new interface
enhances not only the event, but the understanding of the sport in general."
"Having just rolled out our "VS Event Experience" at the Investors
Guaranty(tm) Presentation of The King Edward VII Gold Cup in Bermuda in
October, we were able to shorten the normal lead time for developing and
applying VS technology to squash" said Curtis Worthy of ImageAction Ltd.
Worthy, the Project Executive added, "Our challenge was in gaining
sufficient insight to simplify the sport for our viewers, yet creating the
advanced visual and performance analytics needed by the players, coaches and
broadcast commentators. Ross Triffitt, Kim Carter and their dedicated
volunteer team are so passionate about the sport and were a great
beta-client in developing VS SquashTrac(tm). Of course, the enthusiasm,
feedback and suggestion of the players, officials and fans has been
Investors Guaranty(tm) companies have been Bermuda-based since 1985.
Investors Guaranty(tm) Chairman and CEO, and a Director of Virtual
Spectator(tm), Douglas L. King, commented "The Investors Guaranty Foundation
participated in last year's event in sponsoring Children's Health Week. When
approached to be this year's title sponsor, we were honored to associate
ourselves with such a world-class event. We couldn't resist joining our
Virtual Spectator(tm) unit's advanced technology and well-know brand to one
of the world's top squash challenges."
About Virtual Spectator(tm)
Virtual Spectator(tm) (www.virtualspectator.com)
is at the forefront of 3D graphics, animation, technologies, education, and
broadcast, enhancing the visualization and understanding of premier sporting
events. Powered by VS3D, Virtual Spectator's award-winning animation and
graphics products have been the technology of choice by world-class events
including the PGA Tour, Wimbledon, World Rally Championship, Volvo Ocean
Race, Formula 1, America's Cup, ECB, Cricket Australia, The King Edward VII
Gold Cup, and the Olympic Games. Virtual Spectator's sports management and
data capture technologies provide interactive sports data, statistics, and
graphics to broadcast television and the Internet. Virtual Spectator is a
member of the Investors Guaranty Global Alliance.
creates and coordinates specialized teams to provide a comprehensive range
of service offerings including web development and Internet strategy
consulting, e-commerce systems, business process integration, digital media
production, product positioning, corporate and product branding, public
relations management and various marketing and advertising services.
About Investors Guaranty
(www.investorsguaranty.com) is comprised of over 75 public and private
companies with interests in Europe, North America, and AsiaPacific.
Collectively, Investors Guaranty Companies seek to integrate, optimize and
coordinate their core competencies to benefit themselves, their clients and
customers. Group companies share a common branding and technology
infrastructure through the Investors Guaranty Global Alliance.
The Group specializes in strategic investing, insurance, financial
technologies, risk management, asset management and fund administration,
legal and accounting systems, administrative and corporate management
services, branding and media and information technologies.
Investors Guaranty Companies maintain offices in over 25 cities around the
world. Group operations are managed from Zurich, Toronto, Auckland and
Bermuda. Investors Guaranty's branding activities include its title
sponsorship of one of sailing's premier match racing events, the King Edward
VIII Gold Cup (www.kingedwardviigoldcup.com),
sponsorship of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and title sponsorship of the
Virtual Spectator(tm) Bermuda Masters 2005.