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Organic compound, substrate in many enzyme-catalyzed reactions (see catalysis) in the cells of animals, plants, and microorganisms. Tour announced today the first U.S. demonstration of LucentVision(tm), innovative new broadcast technology for real-time sports analysis, at the Newsweek Champions Cup tournament here. ESPN ESPN Entertainment and Sports Programming Network , which will telecast the tournament in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , and the ATP Tour world feed will use LucentVision on-air to illustrate players' on-court movements, speeds, and court strategies. In addition, the ATP Tour Web site (www.atptour.com) will provide LucentVision graphics after each match.
LucentVision, which was introduced during the ATP Tour World Championship in Hannover, Germany in November, 1998, is the first real-time visual information system for sports broadcasters. The technology, developed by Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies, is a significant advance in computer vision.
"Tennis is uniquely suited to the kind of analysis that LucentVision provides - this is cutting-edge technology that actually delivers new kinds of visual statistics for the viewer," said J. Wayne Richmond, ATP Tour executive vice president for the Americas. "We're excited about our work with the Bell Labs team that has developed LucentVision; Lucent is an ideal partner for this endeavor."
Lucent Technologies and the ATP Tour announced an innovation partnership at the ATP Tour World Singles Championship in Hannover, Germany last November. LucentVision was used during each day of the tournament to illustrate players' strategies and movements on court. Host broadcaster ZDF ZDF Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
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"The ATP has provided us with an opportunity to explore and apply new kinds of broadcast technology in ways that enhance the presentation of their sport," said Peter de Tagyos, vice president of global event marketing for Lucent Technologies.
"LucentVision is the first in a series of real-time broadcast enhancements that will allow viewers to better feel the speed and athleticism of a tennis match."
LucentVision will be used in the broadcast of Mercedes Super 9 Tournaments to be held in Indian Wells Calif., Monte Carlo Monte Carlo (môNtā` kärlō`), town (1982 pop. 13,150), principality of Monaco, on the Mediterranean Sea and the French Riviera. , Hamburg Hamburg, city, Germany
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LucentVision enables viewers to see the players' court coverage pattern and their match strategy in real-time. The system uses computer vision techniques to track the position, direction and speed of players' movements. Each player is tracked by a video camera that is attached to a computer. The computer stores the tracking information for each player along with the match score in a visual database. Broadcasters can retrieve information from the database at any time during a match and can use LucentVision to analyze and illustrate to the viewer a player's performance.
Future real-time broadcast enhancements under development include ball tracking, virtual replays from any point of view, cyber-versions of top players and Internet simulcast capabilities with viewers choosing where to direct the camera.
LucentVision was developed by Bell Labs scientists Yves Jean and Gopal Pingali, members of the Bell Labs Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory.
"The innovation partnership with the ATP Tour provides us with an extension of our `living multimedia lab,' where real-world applications allow us to experiment with new visual communications technologies Noun 1. communications technology - the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
engineering, technology - the practical application of science to commerce or industry ," said Ingrid Carlbom, director of the Visual Communications Research Department at Bell Labs. "LucentVision is a stellar example of the research that Bell Labs conducts in virtual reality, computer graphics, and visual database systems."
Lucent Technologies designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems In telecommunication, a communications system is a collection of individual communications networks, transmission systems, relay stations, tributary stations, and data terminal equipment (DTE) usually capable of interconnection and interoperation to form an integrated whole. and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic The miniaturization of electronic circuits. See chip. components. Bell Laboratories is the research and development arm of the company. For more information about Lucent Technologies, visit the company's web site at http://www.lucent.com.
The ATP Tour is the international governing body Noun 1. governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he of men's professional tennis and is dedicated to promoting, growing and increasing the popularity of the game. For more information, visit the ATP Tour web site at http://www.atptour.com.