The pucks and uniforms will incorporate special chips. These will communicate with specially-installed sensors around the boards to create a unique data stream. The information will be available on the media cube in the arena and on the TV broadcast. Online users can access the KHL app and website for new player stats, such as which team covered the greatest distance on the ice, who was the fastest skater and who had the most powerful shot.
The system uses an AI-based analytical platform. Unlike many comparable devices, it is fully automated. This enables it to analyse more than 5 million data points during the game, handling a data stream too vast to be tackled manually.
The KHL plans to trial this system for the first time during the All-Star Skill Show on January 19 and the All-Star on January 20. In the future, these smart pucks could be implemented in regular KHL games, taking the collection and analysis of statistical information to a new level. Coaches will be able to monitor their players’ indicators in real time and respond promptly, while fans can follow ever detail of their favorites’ performance via a user-friendly interface.