Category Archives: Data Anaytics

ATP teams up with Infosys to launch big data driven ranking system

ATPThe Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP, has partnered with Infosys to launch a new statistical way to measure the best performing ATP World Tour players.

The new ATP Stats Leaderboards makes use of Infosys’ data analytics capabilities to bring together recorded stats from various professionals on the tour today to rank them in three categories, Serving, Returning and Under Pressure, and even allows users to compare current players with greats from the past. The three categories can be broken down by surface, by year, by past 52 weeks or by career.

“These new statistics offer players, fans and media interesting new insights into how our athletes are rating in three key areas against their peers on the ATP World Tour,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman. “There is huge potential to understand our sport better through the development of new statistics, and we look forward to further advances coming soon in this area through our partnership with Infosys.”

The project uses the Infosys Information Platform, an opensource data analytics platform, and brings together the vast amount of data collected by the ATP over the years to give fans a concise rating of players on the tour today. The ranking are determined through various big data models combining several metrics including the number of double faults during a game, number of aces, the percentage of points won on an opponent’s serve and the number of successfully converted break points, to give a measure of how players are performing currently and in comparison to previous parts of the season.

“The uniqueness of our partnership with the ATP World Tour lies in being able to challenge the traditional models, and experiment and embrace technology to create a compelling experience for fans across the globe,” said U B Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer at Infosys. “We firmly believe that technology can amplify our ability to create this unique differentiation and we will continue to find newer avenues to elevate the fan experience.”

While this would be considered a novel concept for the game of tennis, the use of big data and advanced analytics tools is not new for the world of sports entertainment. Accenture Digital has been using its data analytics capabilities to predict the outcome of the Six Nations and the recent Rugby World Cup.

The company has been a technology partner of the Six Nations for five years now, and this year introduced an Oculus Rift beta virtual reality headset and development kit as part of the on-going marketing strategies to demonstrate its capabilities. The company claims to process more than 1.9 million rows of data during every match, and also developed parameters for 1800 algorithms to bring the data, dating back to 2006, to life. After each match, approximately 180,000 on-field actions were added to the increasing data store to refine the decision making capabilities.

Western Australia redefines itself through cloud and advanced data analytics adoption

John Atkins

Government of Western Australia’s Agent General to Europe John Atkins at Smart to Future Cities Forum

Speaking at Ovum’s Smart to Future Cities 2016 event, Government of Western Australia’s Agent General to Europe John Atkins put forward a convincing case for Western Australia as one of the world’s most innovative regions.

Bringing together cloud technologies, smart cities concepts, data analytics, robotics, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, the region is aiming to transform its economy, which has traditional relied on natural resources. The region aims to create a new ecosystem, with the hub based in Perth, built on the back of future technologies and a redefinition of the basis of Western Australia.

“Perhaps the most exciting project is the Square Kilometre Array,” said Atkins. “It’s combining scientists and engineers from more than 20 countries and now we can explore the universe 20 times faster than any telescope around the world today. More than 4 petabytes of data has been produced by the project since 2013.

“We’re redefining our role in the community by embracing technology”

The project itself aims to utilize largest radio telescope ever seen on Earth, and will be world’s largest public science data project upon completion.  The overall aim of the project is to answer fundamental questions of science and about the laws of nature, such as: how did the Universe, and the stars and galaxies contained in it, form and evolve?

Aside from answering questions which have puzzled scientists for generations, the project is also drawing attention simple because of the scale at which it operates. Once completed it will generate data at a rate more than 10 times today’s global Internet traffic, presenting a unique data collection, analysis and action challenge.

From a transport perspective, the company have taken lessons learned from Transport for London, and built an enhanced passenger experience through citizen engagement on its app, building network intelligence through data analysis and managing the day to day challenges of congestion through IoT deployments throughout the city. Investing in advanced data analytics tools and processes, the team are setting themselves the challenge of taking the region beyond the 21st century.

Western Australia has chosen to diversify its economy, reducing the reliance on natural resources, by embracing the collaborative, and encouraging the adoption of disruptive technologies. Contrary to the traditional policy of government undertaking time-consuming reviews, the Government of Western Australia has put its ambitious foot forward, driving innovation in its agricultural, scientific, transportation and natural resources industries through cloud and data analytics technologies.