HOCKEY SOLUTIONS

Rethinking the game

Innovations that began with a glowing puck have evolved to include the NHL's official scoring system, player-and-puck tracking technology and advanced analytics, taking fans beyond the box score.

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SERVICES

Virtual Insertion

SMT's realistic overlay technology allows Virtual Advertising opportunities along the backboard glass during hockey games. Sponsors have an unmatched opportunity to bring their branding message directly to their target audience without distraction or competing image clutter. SMT offers marketers prime real estate, like the glass behind the goal, to maximize their message's visibility and exposure. SMT provides multiple solutions for Virtual Advertising during broadcasts in real-time, including the precision of on-site systems as well as the convenience of in-studio streaming.

Products

  • Virtual Ads

Information Systems

SMT’s football intelligence technology collects real-time data to feed a variety of our products, such as our Commentator Information System (CIS), GOTO Boards, and Production Prompters to help talent deliver expert analysis with statistical, historical and real-time information. SMT’s interactive system, SET Stat, calculates real-time statistical information based on player tracking or 3D modeling of the field.

Products

  • CIS (Commentator Information System)
  • SET Stat
  • TIPS
  • GOTO Board

Data Integration

SMT’s leading-edge data management and distribution provides near real-time data to all the NHL’s rightsholders located across the globe for every NHL game, regardless of location. The NHL can centrally control the exact data each subscriber can receive, empowering the league to provide a subscriber the exact data of interest. SMT also provides and manages the in-arena data distribution that is interfaced to all of the arena scoreboards and clock systems across the NHL team arenas.

Products

  • Distribution Management System (DMS)
  • NHL RINCS Gateway

Graphics Integration

SMT’s industry-leading hockey television interface, NHL TVI, helps solve broadcast clients’ biggest problem – how to utilize the massive amounts of live hockey statistical data on-air in a concise and timely manner. SMT’s NHL TVI integrates live scores and statistics (players on-ice, player statistics, goalie statistics, powerplay statistics, team statistics) from every NHL game, enabling graphics operators to integrate that data into various broadcast packages worldwide.

Products

  • NHL TVI

Timing, Scoring & Statistics

SMT developed the official NHL real-time scoring system, called NHL HITS (Hockey Information & Tracking System), which has been in production since the 2007-08 season. NHL HITS uniquely captures all the events that occur during a hockey game, and calculates the real-time statistics, such as time-on-ice, faceoffs won/lost, shots on goal, shot types, hits, penalties, and more. The NHL HITS system also provides all required administrative functions of a NHL hockey game, allowing the NHL to centrally manage the over 1,300 games that occur every season.

Products

  • NHL HITS

Tracking Systems

TRACKf/x, SMT’s player- and puck-tracking technology, made a successful debut at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Through embedded tracking devices, fans can see real-time data like a player’s ice time, speed and travel, all integrated into SMT’s Player ID Pointer graphic. These stats help quantify the skill of defenders and forwards by measuring gap control and revealing trends by players. With SMT’s SMARTPuck, meta data such as puck speed, trajectory and distance is measured, offering insights into both goalie and shooter talent.

Products

  • TRACKf/x
  • HITS 2.0

Video Displays & Production

Since 2012, SMT has provided the video wall backdrop production and infrastructure to drive compelling information during the NHL Player Entry Draft. SMT drives the production presentations on the main stage video wall backdrop and provides the NHL TVI for broadcasters both onsite and in remote locations in real-time.

Products

  • NHL HITS
  • NHL TVI
  • Draft Board and LED presentation

Creative Studio

SMT’s in-house Creative Studio specializes in brand design and motion graphics packages for broadcast, webcast and live events. Our Creative Studio experts design with future technological solutions in mind, such as interactive social media displays and virtual and augmented real-time set designs. Our award-winning staff provides national and international sports and entertainment brands with creative development, analysis and strategy.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Video Production

SMT’s Video Production Services team is comprised of Emmy-winning broadcast specialists who use a producer’s eye to help clients produce engaging and compelling content for their distinctive audiences. Our video editing and distribution services capture special events for tournaments, including player interviews, client testimonials and tournament promotional materials for on-site video boards, webcasts or television.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Digital

SMT provides its 1st & Ten system for NFL and university stadiums, offering fans real-time content not available on broadcasts. SMT’s in-stadium production combines in-game stats integrated into SMT-designed graphics packages displayed on stadiums’ massive video boards, as well as in-concourse HD video displays. With SMT’s GOTO Board, broadcasters can deliver compelling analyses with the interactive touch screen and interface system that combines real-time data, graphics and video integration with robust features and tools.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

On-Site Operations

SMT’s remote technical teams are deployed across the globe to set up our products for the world's largest and most popular sporting and entertainment events. With next-generation technology and deep-seated expertise, our teams provide remote installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. SMT’s support services for hockey include installation of systems in NHL arenas, remote support for all in-arena solutions, broadcaster support, annual training of operators and in-arena technical support staff, annual hardware maintenance, data feed monitoring, broadcast monitoring, NHL websites monitoring, statistical calculations enhancements, system improvements, event entry edits.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Help Desk and Data Ops

Since 1998, SMT has been providing Help Desk and Call Center support services to the NHL. Our 365/24/7 services include:
- Pregame, in-game and postgame telephonic support for the NHL HITS scoring system, broadcast NHL TVI, and data management and distribution.
- Monitoring services for all games, including game broadcasts, various hockey websites, and all game and historical data distributions.
- Onsite technical support for special events (outdoor games, All-Star Game, player entry draft), international games, playoff games, and onsite operations.
- Computer equipment services:
- Deployment, installation, and system configurations services.
- Offseason equipment refurbishment and inventory management.
-Equipment diagnostic and repair services.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Training and Certification

SMT is committed to providing ongoing training for all employees and to our clients. Our training services cover the NHL HITS scoring system, broadcast NHL TVI and graphics systems, and arena infrastructures. Our Institute located at our headquarters in Durham, N.C., provides a simulated production truck environment in which to learn and practice various aspects of live broadcasts, while our Training and Certification department offers a plethora of training videos, websites and testing for our certification program. SMT instructors design, develop and deliver comprehensive training programs unique to each client.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Commentator Support

With SMT’s commentator support, on-air talent is instructed on how best to use our off-camera information systems to deliver expert analysis in-game, during replays or postgame. Our systems offer an array of current and historical data, statistical and real-time information, including injury reports, strategy reports, and other pertinent data - everything analysts and play-by-play commentators need to tell the emerging stories on the field.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Account Management and Consultancy

SMT’s dedicated account managers provide expert consultation and support as they advise clients on products and services and act as liaisons between all SMT departments (Operations, Engineering, Creative Studio, Help Desk, Accounting, Sales and Marketing) to ensure client expectations are exceeded.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

Media Services

SMT provides its 1st & Ten system for NFL and university stadiums, offering fans real-time content not available on broadcasts. SMT’s in-stadium production combines in-game stats integrated into SMT-designed graphics packages displayed on stadiums’ massive video boards, as well as in-concourse HD video displays. With SMT’s GOTO Board, broadcasters can deliver compelling analyses with the interactive touch screen and interface system that combines real-time data, graphics and video integration with robust features and tools.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

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Virtual Insertion

SMT’s virtual insertion systems for football are anchored by our Emmy-winning 1st & Ten line system, widely heralded as one of the most important sports broadcast technology achievements and a staple of NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. Other virtual systems for football include DriveChart, PassTrack, player cards and lineups, play clocks and advertisements on the field.

Products

  • 1st & Ten Line System
  • Camera Tracker
  • Weather GFX
  • SMART and Talent Telestration
  • Studio Sets and Partial Sets
  • Next Gen Tele
  • SMART IBV (Image-based)
  • SMART CC (Sensor-based)
  • SMARTVISION
  • DriveChart
  • PassTrack

Information Systems

SMT’s football intelligence technology collects real-time data to feed a variety of our products, such as our Commentator Information System (CIS), GOTO Boards, and Production Prompters to help talent deliver expert analysis with statistical, historical and real-time information. SMT’s interactive system, SET Stat, calculates real-time statistical information based on player tracking or 3D modeling of the field.

Products

  • CIS (Commentator Information System)
  • SET Stat
  • TIPS
  • GOTO Board

Data Integration

SMT’s data-collection and integration technology for football delivers next-generation statistics in real-time, offering infinite possibilities to enhance the fan experience. SMT’s Football Intelligence Engine, our customized DMX, delivers real-time data feeds to help commentators deliver expert analysis with statistical, historical and real-time information. This data is also seamlessly integrated into a variety of graphics in conjunction with the NFL’s Next Gen Stats and RFID-based tracking system.

Products

  • CIS (Commentator Information System)
  • SET Stat
  • GOTO Board
  • Next Gen Stats
  • DMX (Data Matrix Switchboard)

Graphics Integration

SMT’s live data and graphics interface software allows broadcasters to synchronize statistical information with a multitude of graphics devices in real-time. Our data-driven graphics include in-game information ranging from positional data to game leaders to quarterback passing grids.

Products

  • CG Interface
  • SportCG
  • Tickers
  • 2D and 3D Animations

Timing, Scoring & Statistics

SMT’s timing, scoring and stats systems are the foundation of any football broadcast. Our clock-and-score publishing device, SportsCG, packaged with QB Stat, our real-time statistical football engine, provides a comprehensive on-site solution for live broadcasts, studios or commentators.

Products

  • SportsCG
  • QB Stat
  • Tickers

Tracking Systems

SMT’s Next Gen Tele presentation platform integrates seamlessly with the RFID-based tracking infrastructure provided by the NFL to display routes for use in first replay. SMT’s football intelligence engine can provide live or replay-based player tracking telestration, trend analysis and live on-air graphics.

Products

  • Next Gen Tele
  • OASIS

Video Displays & Production

SMT provides its 1st & Ten system for NFL and university stadiums, offering fans real-time content not available on broadcasts. SMT’s in-stadium production combines in-game stats integrated into SMT-designed graphics packages displayed on stadiums’ massive video boards, as well as in-concourse HD video displays.
With SMT’s GOTO Board, broadcasters can deliver compelling analyses with the interactive touch screen and interface system that combines real-time data, graphics and video integration with robust features and tools.

Products

  • GOTO Board
  • In-stadium 1st & Ten
  • In-stadium Next Gen Stats
  • Talent Touchscreens
  • Production Prompters

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