ALAMEDA, USA – April 04, 2017 – Today, DVSport and Clear-Com® jointly announce the successful deployment of a centralized Instant Replay Solution at two Division I College Football Conferences: the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The instant replay solution is comprised of the DVSport HD Video Instant Replay System — which enables officials to immediately analyze any reviewable on-field calls and Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX Matrix System, LQ IP interfaces and RS-701 Analog Beltpacks Intercom Solution, providing instant 3-way communication between the Senior League Officials at the Video Command Centers, Technicians and Replay Officials at each of the respective Conference’s stadiums. Video feeds from the DVSport Instant Replay System and audio feeds from the Clear-Com intercom system are delivered over a secure IP network.
“Originally started as a proof of concept, DVSport worked with each Division I College Football Conference to implement a Collaborative Instant Replay Experience,” said Keith Lowe, Chief Operating Officer, DVSport. “This setup entailed each Football Conference designating a Command Center [headquarters] for situating a team of 2 to 4 Senior League Officials to monitor, review and command replay of any play or decision made at any one of the associated stadiums. If a play or decision was disputed, the Command Center would be able to see what the Replay Official was doing to manage through a review, while also consuming the content available to them on every play using the DVSport Instant Replay Systems for review.”
“The SEC implemented the concept of the Video Center as a way to provide oversight to the in-stadium process by using both video and communication equipment that allows for complete interaction at all times with the replay booth and the field. The Clear-Com solution not only met our expectations for usability and clarity, but it exceeded them with the ease of use.” – Cole Cunningham, SEC Director of Video Operations for Football
“Simultaneously to video review, real-time communication between the officials and the technicians and/or on-field officials needed to be clear and easy,” said James Schaller, Regional Sales Manager, Clear-Com. “When the senior officials need to review a play, they can quickly push a button that is labeled with the name of the city, immediately connecting with the people sitting in the replay booth in that venue, and say ‘Roll that back again’ without any delay.”
Facilitating the communication for each of the two Conferences is Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX-Median Digital Matrix System with several LQ IP interface devices at each end point. This provides the secure IP linkage between the senior officials who use the V-Series Rotary Keypanels at the Video Command Center, and the on-field officials and technicians who use the RS-701 analog partyline beltpacks in each Conference’s football arena.
After successfully testing this concept, the ACC and SEC Football Conferences were extremely pleased with the HD Instant Replay operation and have committed to using the DVSport/Clear-Com solution for all future in-game reviews going forward. The SEC Video Center at the Conference office in Birmingham, AL is where it oversees the replay booth operations at 14 Conference stadiums. The ACC Conference centralizes its Instant Replay Operations in Greensboro, NC at its Game Day Operations Center where it oversees plays from 15 Conference stadiums.
DVSport, Inc. is an agile software company founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 2002 specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports and medical markets. DVSport has provided instant replay in college football for eleven years, college basketball for seven years and college volleyball starting in 2016. In 2016-2017 alone, DVSport will provide replay for more than 1,600 football games and 6,000 basketball games.
DVSport has a strong customer base that spans the professional, intercollegiate and high school sports market as well as broadcast partners. Clients include the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Mavericks, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina, Navy, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Texas Christian University, University of Virginia, and University of Washington to name a few of our customers. Broadcast partners in the United States include the ESPN-family of networks, FOX, CBS, American Sports, Raycom and Webstream.
DVSport markets both a web-based Galaxy product and an iPad-based DVSport Shuttle solution to enhance the users experience of watching video at their convenience from any internet connection or popular iPad tablet. DVSport Galaxy features a well-designed video interface, playlist, analytics, calendar and group sharing functions. The DVSport Shuttle includes video controls once reserved for coaches remotes, telestration, laser pointer, screen capture, clip e-mail capabilities as well as the ability to add video from iTunes, Galaxy or straight from the built-in iPad camera.
DVSport is the current provider of HD Instant Replay for the Canadian Football League (CFL) and NCAA college football for the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big-12, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, PAC- 12, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC conferences. In addition, DVSport has been the exclusive post-season HD Replay provider for the FCS, D-II and D-III. DVSport provides collegiate football replay in 94 stadiums during the regular season. Within that footprint, DVSport has replay crossover in seven NFL stadiums and has done neutral site and/or post-season games in an additional twelve NFL stadiums.
DVSport also provides HD Instant Replay solutions for NCAA college basketball for the ACC, American, Big East, Big Ten, Big Sky, MAC, MAAC, Mountain West and SEC conferences. The main benefits of our courtside solution include shortened review time, high quality of the video, and the ability to put control of the video in the hands of the on court official instead of the production truck or control room. The ability to review timing issues with the clock or last second shots, 2/3 point shots and which team last touched or possessed the ball.
DVSport’s latest replay venture includes a medical replay client, which leverages the existing replay platform to provide video and data, implemented at all Power 5 Conference football programs. The system allows independent medical observers in the press box to review every play and every angle to view the mechanism of injury and remove a player from the game if necessary.
DVSport is committed to providing first class client support across the nation. We have offices in twenty major cities across the United States to provide all of our clients with phone and on-site support for DVSport hardware and software.
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services since 1968. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together through wired and wireless systems.
Clear-Com was first to market portable wired and wireless intercom systems for live performances. Since then, our history of technological advancements and innovations has delivered significant improvements to the way people collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication matters. For the markets we serve — broadcast, live performance, live events, sports, military, aerospace and government– our communication products have consistently met the demands for high quality audio, reliability, scalability and low latency, while addressing communication requirements of varying size and complexity. Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product achievements, but also on our consistent level of customer engagement and dedication to delivering the right solutions for specialized applications, with the expertise to make it work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com’s innovations and solutions have received numerous awards and recognitions for ingenuity and impact to customers.
For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.