IQ Video Solutions (IQ-VS), a brand of Mobile Viewpoint based in the Netherlands, has launched IQ Club, the latest in its series of platforms incorporating AI algorithms for automating live streaming of sports and feeding analysis platforms without the need for camera staff.
Artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly believed to help lower league clubs and grass root sports monetize content without need for major investment. IQ-Club is the latest offering from IQ-VS that is deemed a low-cost entry level solution for the IQ-SP series of AI-driven live sports.
“We have been developing AI solutions for live sports for the past two years but we have been aiming these solutions at broadcasters and production companies that need a high level of quality and reliability,” said Michel Bais, managing director of Mobile Viewpoint. “We launched the IQ-Club, with its pay-as-you-go business model, to allow smaller clubs to live stream to either their own social media or own OTT broadcast channel, but at a price point that is very compelling.”
The IQ series of sports production (IQ-SP) solutions uses a high-resolution camera to capture the whole pitch. Its AI algorithms create a cut-out of the action that tracks the action without the need for an onsite camera person or a director.
Bais continued: “Many media right holders and clubs actually not only want a live stream, but require a method to capture video automatically for use within analytical sports packages. We are able to create multiple streams that can include a live stream for playout and a different second stream that can be uploaded to an analytical package simultaneously.”
Analytical packages have become popular with many coaches and trainers to improve on their tactics, but they require good quality content. IQ-Club can cater for a range of different indoor and outdoor sports, including football, rugby, handball, hockey and basketball, according to the company. It can be managed remotely via a comprehensive browser-based management portal including scheduling, highlight creation, graphics and scoreboard overlay to create highly professional live productions.
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