IBM PointStream — The multinational technology corporation IBM provides the scoring
for all Grand Slam tennis tournaments. In collaboration we have developed a real-time data analysing
and visualising tool.
First visualization study.
The final data visualization in full-screen mode.
The PointStream in action.
For each of the four big tournaments IBM sends a control unit armed with
light guns, miles of cables, screens, servers and displays in order to get the live data for statistics and scores
from each match. Their agency, Ogilvy asked
Unit9 to design a tool to visualize this data in a new way, just three
weeks away from the US Open opening match, and so the challenge commenced.
Firstly we developed a visual language representing all events we could get from IBM’s data feed,
such as how a point is conceived (Winner, Netpoint, Forced Error), serve speed, or how many times
the ball would be exchanged (Rally) between the players.
Having this logic we have coded a flash application which polls an updated XML file from the IBM server
every few seconds. Each new point lines up, resulting in a circle.
IBM, on their side developed an algorithm which constantly analyses the measured data.
This interpretation feeds into a Momentum Meter defining which of the two players has more momentum on their side.
A review of this project can be read on Wired Magazine.