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“That’s one small step for Astar…
one giant leap for whom?”

Turin, IT – December 2nd 2020

Today, December 2nd 2020, we are very proud to announce that Astar has been named Winner of the 1st edition of the Sport Innovation Hub Award for the category “Sport, Wellness and Health”. More than 30 sport-related projects were selected for their innovative solutions and judged by a panel of experts as, just to make a few names, Xavier Jacobelli (Editor-in-chief), Emil Audero (professional Footballer), Lorenzo Sonego (professional Tennis player), and Fabrizio Tencone (Sport medicine specialist).

We’d like to thank you all, because nothing’s for granted. With this new milestone we keep on going harder than before. See you soon, with greatest news.

 

Alessandro Caratto
Technical business developer @ASTARteam

 

Look for more at: SIH

Download the poster: Award

Football transformation

The World of the Future

Turin, IT – September 2nd 2020

If you – like many others – are dreaming to leave this year behind, I’m telling you, make your peace now, because 2020’s second half is still at its beginning. It’s not about alarmism, it’s about reality. We have to realize what we’re dealing with to be able to face the problem and to start again, ready to build our brand-new shining future. This is the only way to make sure, in life as for sport, that everything is going to be alright or, as we actually love to say it in Italy, #andràtuttobene.

So here we are, ready to discuss why the entire Football World will never be the same, and to suggest you a few tips from where to start to build it up again.

 

Digital transformation

A great number of Clubs all over the world still uses old-fashioned Experience-based models, even though most of today success stories starts from the adoption of a scientific approach: we’re talking about Data-driven models in which every decision is endorsed by numbers. That’s not all, infact the cutting edge is represented by Artificial Intelligence, a technology that combines machine data with human experience to produce ready-to-use game insights and smart indicators.

If you’re wondering why you should embrace a scientific-powered approach, the answer is easy and it’s called “hunger for success”. Let’s just take a look at a few examples of the season which has just ended.

  • Atalanta B.C. Fighting for the National League with incredible achievements and making its own way towards the Champions League, when nobody ever thought it could stand a chance against top teams.
  • Leeds United F.C. Premier League promotion after 20 long years and the failure of the previous season.
  • Liverpool F.C. Premier League champions after almost 30 years and winners of the Champions League in the previous season.

Nothing but success for visionary clubs and coaches, so why don’t you take advantage of that too? Are you struggling to keep up with a world you don’t know? If so, take a look at the paragraphs below. We offer you a brief overview on the latest about applied science in football and if you want more, feel free to contact us at info@astar-group.it!

 

Player Scouting

If you think that a proper player’s profile evaluation is based on video analysis (experience-based) and statistics (data-driven) only, you’re going to find out that there’s much more than clips and numbers. As you already know, a player that seems to fit right may turn into a complete flop after his engagement, but why is that? The team, the coach, the injuries… Imagine if you could consider all of that before, in just one click!

 

Performance Analysis

Not only clips and endless pages full of numbers where to find something useful, but smart indexes and interactive instruments able to support your match analysis and decision making: make changes, store the results and go back to find out what’s behind failure and success!

 

Injury Prevention

How about if you could predict the chance of a player to be injured and the reasons why it may happen, based on his postural and movement analysis from a video? How many decisions would you change if you could go back in time with a technology able to help you in such critical situations?

 

Conclusion

No matter what we’ll ever have to face, progress will help us in finding solutions to make the world move on. Now more than ever we need renovation and innovation to adapt and survive to a global crisis, not only to be a step ahead. The time to face what we have put aside – deliberately or not – has come: post lockdown has already started, and natural selection won’t be late.

 

Alessandro Caratto
Technical business developer @ASTARteam

Leeds United FC meets Astar

Leeds United FC meets Astar

Leeds, UK – Nov. 30th, 2019 – Save the date!

It’s Astar première in UK Championship. Thanks to Aser Ventures, the controlling shareholder of LUFC, Astar kicked-off a partnership with the first team of Leeds United FC to bring them into the new era of sport performance analysis.

Leveraging a proprietary remote-control camera system, Astar will analyze LUFC matches using innovative Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence algorithms, providing the technical staff a new generation of data, both for tactical analysis and injuries prevention.

On the same day, the match Leeds Utd vs. Middlesbrough ended up 4-0… what’s better for a beginning?

For more:

https://www.leedsunited.com/

Astar & Nvidia

Astar joins Nvidia Inception Program

Turin, Italy – July 20th, 2020

Astar today announced it has joined the NVIDIA Inception, a designed to nurture startups revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences. Astar provides a new generation of data in sport performance analysis and evaluation for injury risk reduction in athletes.

NVIDIA Inception will benefit Astar in developing and testing its innovative computer vision and AI algorithms, as well as allowing Astar to be part of an ecosystem composed of AI technology startups, entrepreneurs and skilled experts. NVIDIA Inception is a program that helps startups during critical stages of product development, prototyping and deployment. Every Inception member gets a custom set of ongoing benefits, such as NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute credits, marketing support and technology assistance, that provides startups with fundamental tools to help them grow.

About Astar

Astar wants to increase the excitement in sports by improving athletes’ performance and reducing injury risk with Artificial Intelligence. Thanks to its innovative algorithms (based on Computer Vision and AI/Deep Learning), the Astar web-platform provides automatic intelligent analytics starting from different kinds of streaming video. Astar technology can track the body of an athlete and analyze in real time its movements in 3D space, making it automatically and without the use of markers and/or wearable devices. This kind of movement-analysis can reduce injury risk, with great advantages both for athletes and for teams.

Check it out at:
NVidia Deep Learning AI