RFID technology will be on display tonight when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLIX. Each player in the game will wear RFID tags on each shoulder pad. When the data is collected, statistics such as player acceleration and distance traveled will be displayed on the giant scoreboard at University of Phoenix Stadium.
This year the NFL rolled out a solution from Zebra Technologies at 17 pro stadiums, mostly those that hosted Thursday Night Football. Zebra officials have been working feverishly over the recent weeks to outfit the site of the Super Bowl with the same technology used during the regular season.
Zebra also embedded RFD tags into the balls used during the recent Pro Bowl. No word yet as to whether the league will turn to the technology to monitor balls after the “DeflateGate” scandal of the last two weeks.
More than 2,000 NFL players were tracked this season by the Zebra solution, which produced more than 68 billion bytes of data in player position.