IBM and the All England Club have launched a new, more interactive Wimbledon Website powered by IBM analytics and cloud computing technology.
IBM and the All England Club
recently launched an all-new interactive digital experience for tennis fans,
featuring an enhanced Wimbledon Website
powered by IBM analytics and
cloud computing technology to help fans better track Wimbledon 2012 results,
including Venus Williams
first first-round defeat in 15
The redesigned Wimbledon site
enables sports fans on the go to follow each serve and volley on their
smartphone or other mobile device and delivers live TV and radio broadcasts
along with an interactive IBM SlamTracker scoreboard. Wimbledon also will serve
as the trial for IBM's SecondSight technology on center court to track and
analyze how player movement affects play during a match.
Following IBMs involvement in the
recent French Open tennis
and U.S. Open golf tournament
announcement further spotlights how IBM is applying technology to improve fan
enjoyment of major global sporting events. IBM provides the technological
backbone at several sporting events, including the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
As Wimbledon 2012 opened June 25,
tennis fans accessing the new website, www.wimbledon.com
, saw a site that has been completely
redesigned to reflect the heritage and appeal of the event. IBM said it also
tried to design the new site to offer the tournaments anticipated 16 million
unique Website visitors a more creative and immersive experience
content, more powerful imagery and an intuitive navigation process.
Built on IBMs SmartCloud
infrastructure to meet surges in
demand, the Website integrates a new online broadcast channel, Live @ Wimbledon
alongside the interactive analytics-enabled IBM SlamTracker scoreboard,
providing a one-stop shop for fans wanting to interact with The Championships.
For instance, fans could zero in to get more on Williams' defeat in the first
round this yearher first since 1997, and her worst at Wimbledonlosing 6-1,
6-3 to Elena Vesnina
Featuring both TV and radio, Live @ Wimbledon
blends live action from
around the grounds by dropping into matches at crucial points in playa stream
of one game, per set, per match, per hourwith the off-court color of a day at
The Championships. In addition to the minimum of five hours live broadcasting
per day, viewers will be able to enjoy prepackaged content, such as previews
and reviews, match highlights and archive footage. The Live @ Wimbledon radio
service will offer an enhanced and improved version of its popular predecessor
(Radio Wimbledon), which will be available worldwide online and on the three
local FM channels.
Together with IBM, we've created a
new Website which features increased options for people to personalize their
Wimbledon experience," said Mick Desmond, commercial director at the All
England Club, home of The Championships. "Visitors can follow the progress
of their favorite players, view live match play clips of the days action, and
access scores and results delivered in real time. We expect this
increasingly engaging and personalized online experience to appeal to fans in
ever greater numbers.
At this years Championships, IBM SlamTracker
uses predictive analytics
technology to enable
fans to gain deeper insight into the match. SlamTracker is a multifaceted
feature of Wimbledon's digital presence that leverages historical and real-time
data to add depth and insight to the Championship experience. The Momentum
capability maps a match in real-time, visualizing key turning points and their
causes (i.e., winners, aces, etc.).
Keys to the Match is a feature
within SlamTracker that leverages historical and immediate data to determine
the top three things a player must do in order to do well in a specific match.
While SlamTracker is an example of how analytics drives insights for tennis,
the uses for businesses are almost infinite. Businesses across multiple
industries and geographies can gain insights from large volumes of data and
then use that knowledge to choose the best strategies and better predict
Also, following on from the 2011
pilot on Court 18, this year for the first time on Center Court, IBM will
provide a trial of player-movement tracking. With IBM SecondSight, it will be
possible to track the fastest moving players and how their performance changes,
set by set and match by match. The system can provide new data that could help
players, coaches, commentators and fans, and add a new dimension to fans'
understanding of the game of tennis.
This year, a completely new Website
takes the understanding and insight into the Wimbledon Championships to a whole
new level, said Alan Flack, IBMs program executive for Wimbledon, in a statement.
Using the power of cloud computing, each individual data point is integrated
instantaneously to deliver a powerful experience for fans, players, coaches and