Photos: The tech secrets behind Wimbledon

Photos: The tech secrets behind Wimbledon

Summary: Following the tennis action from the court to the web and PDAs

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Following the tennis action from the court to the web and PDAs

    This keypad might not look like much but the data it conveys is central to many of the systems running at Wimbledon this year. It is used by a team of county-standard tennis players who watch the matches taking place and record information on serves, aces and shots played.

    Photo credit: Steve Ranger

  • IBM provides the technology infrastructure for the championships. The data from the keypads is sent back to the IBM control centre at Wimbledon, where racks of ThinkPads - two for each show court - take that data and turn it into useful statistics which can be used by commentators and other systems. After matches, players on Centre and Number 1 courts are also provided with a detailed analysis of their performance using this data.

    Photo credit: Steve Ranger

  • Around 180 people work on the Wimbledon IT project across the year, with the hardware delivered in two removal lorries four weeks before the championships begin and then packed up again afterwards. The people pictured here are a back-up team recording match data. Umpires also record match data on PDAs mounted on their chairs, providing an alternative source of information.

    Photo credit: Steve Ranger

Topic: Hardware

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