Heed Accelerates Growth Through Ground-Breaking Partnerships in Professional Basketball, Bull Riding and Mixed Martial ArtsAugust 22, 2017
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heed, a joint venture created in 2016 by Internet of Things (IoT) trailblazer Mati Kochavi’s AGT International, and sports and entertainment leader WME | IMG, today announced new partnerships with EuroLeague Basketball, Professional Bull Riders, and UFC to change the way fans connect with their favorite talent, teams, and brands. These partnerships will rely on AGT’s proprietary Internet of Things Analytics (IoTA) technology to fundamentally disrupt live events with dynamic content and videos that enrich and tailor the fan experience like never before.
Powered by data generated from an IoT data stream that is analyzed by proprietary IoTA technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Heed bridges the divide among spectators, athletes, and coaches. Amplifying the pulse of an event and pulling fans into the action, Heed delivers previously imperceptible information and insights about their emotion, energy, and engagement.
Mati Kochavi said, “As the most powerful way to connect people and devices in the age of social media, the Internet of Things empowered by AI provides boundless opportunity to better understand events and entertainment. Our proprietary technology connects physical events to the digital world by collecting and analyzing data, creating new and unfiltered stories behind any event or interaction. Our EuroLeague, PBR, and UFC partnerships are a recognition of the dramatic ways Heed is revolutionizing technology to deliver next-generation event experiences.”
WME | IMG Co-CEO Ariel Emanuel added, “Heed will fundamentally disrupt the live event experience by sharing unique insights with fans, teams, and brands around the world. By testing and deploying this innovative technology across our sports portfolio, we’ll continue finding new ways to provide fans a unique and engaging event experience.”
EuroLeague Basketball — IoT sensors will be deployed in all 16 arenas at the premier European competition, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, during the 2017-2018 season to reach millions of fans with insights never captured before in basketball. The upcoming season will include the full-scale deployment of AGT IoT technology during games, which will include collecting data in venue, on audiences, and on players and coaches. Using this data and advanced web analytics technology, Heed will automatically and immediately transform this information into engaging video content and performance reports for event participants on site and fans at home through TV broadcasting, social media, and other digital distribution channels.
EuroLeague Basketball Chief Business Development Officer Roser Queraltó said, “We’re excited to see this technology deployed across the league, providing us a new way to engage with fans and bring them closer to the action than ever before. This will enable fans far beyond traditional sports storytelling, making them part of the game and providing them with sensor-measured, on-court emotions.”
Professional Bull Riders (PBR) — Recognizing that no two rides are the same, Heed will outfit both bull and rider with proprietary IoTA technology that measures spin, direction changes, kicks and rider control, bringing new data and objectivity to the scoring of the most exciting eight seconds in sports.
PBR CEO Sean Gleason said, “Whether measuring the speed of a bull’s turn or the height of its buck, Heed will provide a whole new dynamic to our sport. With Heed, PBR will be able to more accurately assess the difficulty of each ride and identify the highest-scoring animal athlete on any given day. This will bring a more balanced, objective and fair experience for our riders and, just as important, a new level of excitement for our fans.”
UFC — Heed and UFC are evaluating how best to integrate IoTA technology into a range of UFC events.
UFC President Dana White said, “Every action-packed second in the Octagon generates a ton of data about our fighters and the energy and emotion that surround a fight. With Heed, we’re looking at ways to measure this data and use it to give our fans the best seat in the house no matter where in the world they’re watching from.”
Heed is a U.S.-based technology company utilizing IoT – the most powerful way to connect people and devices in the age of social media – to amplify the pulse of the crowd and pull users into live action in a way never been done before. Powered by venue and audience data, Heed uses an IoT stream that is analyzed by AGT’s proprietary IoTA technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning to knock down the divide between spectator and talent, adding a completely new dimension to the fan experience with fully automated and tailored content and video. From the front row or the couch, Heed will get fans closer, delivering the content they want, when they want it, in real time, and creating an emotional experience like never before. For more information, visit http://heed-global.com/.
About AGT International
AGT International is a pioneer in solutions that fuse together IoT, social media and traditional data to help organizations around the world solve wide-ranging challenges. With hundreds of Ph.D. data scientists, engineers and media experts, AGT has been involved in groundbreaking IoT projects, including reducing traffic jams, predicting floods, producing new media content, better managing energy production & consumption, providing new experiences to audiences at concerts and sporting events, advising farmers on grow crops in the desert, and helping make cities smarter. AGT is a privately held company based in Switzerland, with research & development locations in New York, Germany and Israel.
About WME | IMG
WME | IMG is a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Named one of Fortune’s 25 Most Important Private Companies, WME | IMG specializes in talent representation and management; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production, sales and distribution; and event management.