EVS Xeebra in Multi-Sports Action

EVS is providing video assistant referee (VAR) solutions to a range of high profile sports including the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of New Zealand. Its Xeebra multi-camera review system was also courtside for the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 basketball tournament and will be used throughout the 2017/18 Polish Ekstraklasa football league season.

EVS' Xeebra lets match officials, coaching staff and medical personnel review plays with the utmost clarity and convenience. Via touchscreen, they can view up to 16 live camera angles. Users can then narrow their view from all feeds down to one full-screen view – and anything in between, giving them the ability to review whatever angle needed in detail. Xeebra’s client/server architecture means that users can sit where they prefer, rather than having to be located close to the server. 

New Zealand-based outside broadcast services provider OSB supplies Xeebra for the television match official (TMO) and also for medical review purposes throughout the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. For each match, a Xeebra server powers two Xeebra clients. The first is used by the TMO, who is located high up in the stand and the second is used for the Medical Review (MR) and is positioned pitchside so that the medical team can swiftly analyze footage from multiple angles using a combination of EVS’ BEPlay remote and the touchscreen. They can also automatically export the clips for further review after the match.

Polish Football Federation PZPN will also use Xeebra as its VAR for the 2017/18 season of Poland’s top division, the Ekstraklasa. The EVS solution will be implemented by systems integrator and EVS partner twenty4seven as they build two mobile VAR units.

The mobile units will each be equipped with three Xeebra servers, all linked to a Xeebra client allowing officials to be positioned anywhere in the stadium. The deal shows multiple organizations coming together to improve the games’ officiating with the Xeebra systems – which are fully compliant with IFAB and FIFA regulations – being operated for the Ekstraklasa by Live Park the host broadcaster of the division.

“This summer’s implementation of Xeebra is proof that more and more sports governing bodies are recognizing the benefits of our system over other solutions whether for officiating, player welfare or medical review,” said Stéphanie Dessart, senior product manager at EVS. “It gives users a system that grows with their needs and can be placed anywhere inside a venue – it also means they can benefit from the speed and reliability that can be guaranteed by the implementation of EVS live technology.”

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