The technology that keeps Euro 2020 operational – Techjaja
Euro 2020 is now well underway, with all the first group stage games played. This helps us to have a much clearer picture of the nations ahead of the knockout phase of the competition. Armed with this knowledge, football fans are now placing bets on which team they believe will win the tournament. Many of them also take advantage of the Euro 2020 free betting specials which are run by the major bookmakers to help them get even better value.
Millions more will log in to watch every game, even those from countries outside of Europe. Here in Uganda, coverage is provided by Star-Times, SuperSport and Canal + Afrique, which means fans have plenty of options.
As we watch this football festival, it’s easy to overlook all the technology involved in making a major tournament like this happen. Behind the scenes, however, armies of people are working to ensure that home fans don’t miss a single second, that those in the stadium are safe, and that matches are refereed as fairly as possible.
You may have noticed that every major international sporting event is usually sponsored by Visa or Mastercard. Part of the reason is that both companies see these competitions as excellent marketing opportunities to gain global exposure to as many as two billion people.
The other reason is that payment technology is actually very important for events like Euro 2020. Fan villages are usually crowded with people all looking to buy food, drink and souvenirs. In the past, Visa has used the Olympics to test and showcase innovative products such as contactless payments.
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However, Euro 2020 will be slightly different. In 2018, UEFA signed an agreement with AliPay for the Chinese company to become the official payment provider of the confederation. Of the society the payment wallet will be accepted on all Euro 2020 sites and via the UEFA website. While this doesn’t convince all fans to ditch their physical wallets in favor of their smartphones, it will be the first time many Europeans will encounter QR code payments.
Stadium security is important because it helps ensure that everyone inside has a good time. Around each Euro 2020 venue, CCTV networks will be used to monitor fans, spot potential troublemakers and direct law enforcement resources to where they are most needed.
It also helps prevent ticket touts who may operate nearby, a practice that increases the price fans pay for tickets and can make some people uncomfortable.
In some host cities, technologies such as facial recognition can also be used to help spot people who shouldn’t be there.
In addition, the digital tickets available on each fan’s smartphone will also help prevent tampering and improve fan safety.
International football tournaments are no stranger to the controversial decisions of referees. It is very easy for referees and their assistants to miss key moments if they are focusing on something else or if they do not have a very good view of the action.
Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup could have changed the outcome of the match, while a handball in a 2011 Women’s World Cup match between Australia and Equatorial Guinea n ‘was not seen by the referee, meaning Australia missed a crucial penalty.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used at Euro 2020, the first time it is featured in a European Championship. This is nothing new, it was tested during the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and has been used in most of the major European national leagues since.
VAR has its detractors. They often point out that the process of consulting with people watching the video feed can be time consuming, which means fans sometimes have to postpone a goal celebration while an autopsy is performed by a team of anonymous officials.
However, most people agree that it’s best if your team is sent home sooner after the tournament thanks to a wrongly disallowed goal or an unfair red car.
Euro 2016 drew a global audience of two billion people and UEFA expects as many people to watch it this year. Broadcasting football live to so many people is no easy task, which is why UEFA and host country officials need to work hard to implement a technical solution that delivers the level of quality to which fans want. ‘wait.
Over 3,500 hours of content will be produced during the tournament, in a range of different formats.
Each stadium will have at least 36 cameras pointing at the action, with eight more recording events in and around the stadium, such as fans in the stands and arriving teams. This will include:
- A camera in a helicopter
- A camera inside each goal
- Two super-fast cameras
- Boom cameras at each end of the field
- An aerial camera (the one you see on the wires above the field)
- Eight cameras in slow motion
- Five portable cameras that can be moved around while playing
- Crane cameras at each end of the field
This setup will help meet all major broadcast standards including HD, UHD, and HDR.
The images will be transmitted to the Vijhuizen International Broadcasting Center via dedicated fiber optic cables, where more than 1,000 people will work to ensure the 2 billion people don’t miss a second of the action. This will be in addition to the more than 2,000 broadcast staff working in the 11 stadiums.
On-screen graphics will be added by the UEFA broadcast team, with most of the work being done inside a specially designed van at each stadium. The statistics included in this graphics package will be generated partly by technology and partly by an army of observers around the stadium who will each search for particular information.
The UEFA team will create what is known as the ‘Global Stream’, which will be the primary video content that is broadcast on TVs, smartphones and computer screens around the world. All local broadcasters, like Star Times, SuperSport, and Canal + Africa here in Uganda, will be using this global feed, adding their own commentary on top of it.
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