The news reached us a few days ago and is being trialled in Germany. More specifically, Bayern Munich‘s home (Allianz Arena, Munich) will be the venue of choice. This is a world-first which will use acoustic camera technology to capture sound data. That data will then be mapped onto a 3D model and used to bring to life the story and emotions of the fans through visual data. It will be interesting to see if the perception from fans either at a match, or watching at home, matches the new technology. This is fan energy.
For the statisticians among us, we will be able to look at post match analysis like never before. Does fan energy play a part in the outcome of a match? Which teams seemingly have the best support, and does a larger home or away following, result in more fan energy? There are plenty of questions to be asked and lots of results as well. I’m personally keen to see how Leeds United would match vs some of the top European teams across the world.
We have been sent an example of how the technology looks and works. Technology company Siemens have teamed up with The Economist Group to provide the infrastructure to analysis. Siemens will host a custom content destination on The Economist platform housing analysis and commentary around the data visualisation from each game, as well as other data-related content.
You can watch the a preview of the fan energy post game analysis video below. Shouts to Siemens and also Bayern Munich for trialling the software at the Allianz Arena.
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