EVS Expands Xeebra Referee System with Intuitive Offside Indicator Powered by AI

Looking to help soccer referees make more accurate calls during live play, EVS has included artificial intelligence (AI) technology into the latest version of its video refereeing (software) system, called Xeebra 2.0, that will be demonstrated at the 2018 NAB Show.

The new version, to be demonstrated at the 2018 NAB Show, provides users with new features including AI-driven field calibration, audio support for exports and IFAB protocol support for video assistant referee (VAR) usage. VAR systems are increasingly being adopted by sports leagues around the world to improve their officiating processes and allow main referees to consult both assistant officiating staff and the VAR in order to make better decisions on the field.

Built on EVS’ industry-leading replay technology, Xeebra allow sports officials, and on-air analysts to replay any number of live camera angles for review.

Xeebra 2.0 relies on a new technology platform that EVS will also introduce at the 2018 NAB Show, called Via, which is built on a suite of microservices that will sit at the core of all EVS products—and which will offer new AI engines based on machine learning.

The machine learning technology implemented into Xeebra 2.0 automatically calibrates the field of play, something that’s time-consuming and subject to error if not done carefully. The AI-driven calibration in Xeebra 2.0 doesn’t require any pre-game setup or the deployment of additional sensors or cameras. It uses only the images from the live broadcast camera feeds. As a result, operators don’t need to hassle with the calibration process and can feel confident that the graphics that they overlay on the field is done with the highest level of precision.

Additionally, Xeebra 2.0 offers ingest and export of game audio as well as customizable buttons on its dedicated BEPlay controller.

Users can swiftly select preferred angles that remain entirely in-sync on the system’s intuitive touchscreen and zoom into the images with a simple touch-and-pinch gesture. Xeebra’s client/server architecture also implies that it can be deployed wherever it needs to be, whether on the sidelines, in a venue production control room or a remote officiating facility.

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