Microsoft establishes data system in squash

Microsoft will enter a new field of sport as they establish a data system for squash.

Microsoft Power BI will bring squash data to life in the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship.

As a cloud-based business analytics service, the teams in charge created two dashboards that organizes and analyzes player data to offer deeper insight for players, staff and coaches into the game as well as enhancing fan experience.

Real time player vitals dashboard

The day before the tournament starts, players have the option of having practice games against each other.

Gregory Gaultier (3) and Diego Elias (40) wore Microsoft Bands during a practice game to measure their vitals, which sends data through mobile phones to Azure Stream Analytics and visualize the output in real time on a Power BI dashboard.

The players and their coaches will then be shown the results.

They will then explore the possibilities after seeing real time player performance and, potentially, take action on it to improve their results.

This ability to display real time data through the Power BI REST API is unique to the Power BI service and fully integrated with Azure Stream Analytics.

Squash players can now wear Microsoft Bands which measures and displays their status in real time.
Squash players can now wear Microsoft Bands which measures and displays their status in real time.

Top seed dashboard

With connectivity to multiple data sources, including web pages, Microsoft Power BI can use any available public information to build a top seeded players dashboard to share with fans at the event.

It allows followers of the sport to explore data such as past results in other tournaments, win/loss record versus other players, current and previous rank, highest world ranking, birthplace and more.

This dashboard also includes a live bracket visualization for fans to follow results and matchings as the tournament develops, including past results for previous encounters between the same players in each bracket.

Finally, each top ten player has a detailed report of their performance in previous tournaments over the last 3 months and their win/loss record against other players over the same period of time.

This is yet another demonstration of the integration of information technology into sporting data these days, and that there is no field of sports too small that Microsoft would not venture into.

Fans can now a top seed dashboard displaying the performance of squash players.
Fans can now a top seed dashboard displaying the performance of squash players.

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