Anthony Cahill, football technology manager at Sydney Swans, says it was vital that the new video analysis system was reliable, functional and user-friendly. The Swans’ previous Windows-based platform had proven clunky and cumbersome, making an upgrade a priority.
“At the time, there was little available to store and share digital vision of matches over a server-based system,” he explains. “The growth in the number of coaches working full-time at AFL clubs led to the need to access and analyse our games from a shared source.”
In the search for the ideal solution, Anthony conducted extensive research into available technologies and contacted technology managers at different AFL clubs and in other elite sports environments.
While there were a number of good products on the market, he was keenly aware that facilitating the use of the technology for coaches and players was an important factor. In other words, it needed to be sophisticated and easy to use.