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Anil Kumble's Start Up Spektacom Technologies Launches AI Enabled Power Bat

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| October 11 , 2018 , 18:23 IST

Former Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble’s start-up Spektacom Technologies on Thursday has launched a new tool-Power Bat.

The Power Bat has been designed to provide player's performance on the basis of different parameters such as the speed of the ball on impact, a twist on the impact and quality of the shot.

Powered by Microsoft's Azure Cloud platform, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), the Power Bat provides real-time data. 

Speaking on the new tool launch Kumble was quoted by IANS as saying, "Our vision is to bring sports closer to fans through interesting ways of engagement using real-time sports analytics. At the same time, it is important that the technologies used are seamless and do not disrupt the game or obstruct the players."

"With Microsoft, we have been able to create a secure and effective solution, and with Star India, we have a partner that can stimulate and excite fan engagement," he added.

At the core of the technology is a lightweight sticker stuck on the shoulder of the bat.

In a live match, as soon as the batsman hits the ball, data on the different parameters are captured in a new unit of measurement titled Power Speks.

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Microsoft's Azure Sphere, an operating system for IoT applications, ensures that the data is securely captured and processed.

Using advanced analytics and AI services on Azure, real-time insights are captured through the stump box and displayed via the broadcaster.

During practice or coaching, the same data can be viewed through a mobile app, Microsoft said.

"We're partnering with Spektacom to bring real-time insights and new experiences to cricket fans and players alike, completely changing the way they experience the sport," Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft said.

"By leveraging Azure, its AI and IoT services, Spektacom can deliver details on player performance, which can be used in everything from scouting to training as well as improving the fan experience," she added.

Microsoft had been working closely with Spektacom to incubate and launch the product as part of its ScaleUp programme, designed to offer access to sales, marketing and technical support to Series A start-ups.

(With Inputs From IANS)