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Dallas Morning News--SVI and Paragon Innovations
Article Source - Dallas Morning NewsJune 2, 2014
Richardson tech firm helps give fans a player's-eye view of football
By ARSELIA GALES Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 31 May 2014 06:12 PM
Updated: 03 June 2014 10:18 AM
The Richardson-based engineering and product development company Paragon Innovations is helping change the way people watch football games.
In 2012, Sports Video Innovations approached the company to design a camera that would seamlessly fit into a football helmet and let spectators see what the players see. The tool is aimed at giving fans, players and coaches a unique view of the action on the field.
In January, Sports Video Innovations partnered with the Arena Football League to use the technology during games, and in April, AFL fans saw it put to use in a game between the Iowa Barnstormers and the Philadelphia Soul. Fans saw the view of the players on the field via replay throughout the national broadcast on ESPN2.
Just a few months later, nearly 30 college or National Football League teams have signed up to use the helmet cam.
JR Liverman, founder and CEO of Shreveport, La.-based Sports Video Innovations, said he researched product development firms across the U.S. and chose Paragon to develop the helmet cam after a colleague recommended the company.
“The company has a great track record, and we believed they could best execute what we wanted to do,” he said.
Since its inception in 1990, Paragon has worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies such as 3M and Motorola Solutions.
The company’s engineers designed Quest Medical’s first Myocardial Protection System for use in cardiac surgery and are responsible for an automotive transmission system reference platform for one of Motorola’s largest automotive customers.
Carl Jackson, a senior engineer at Paragon, designed the electronics and software for the camera along with two other engineers. Jackson, who has been with the company for 21/2 years, began designing the camera in December 2012.
Although he enjoyed the assignment, Jackson and his team faced some challenges.
“We couldn’t stick a camera lens through the helmet, so the imaging system had to be small enough to fit on the outside of the helmet, be no taller than the face guard and still survive tremendous impacts,” he said.
In addition, Jackson said, most companies specializing in camera-related components are interested only in high-volume markets such as cellphones and wouldn’t sell to them. Some didn’t even return the team’s phone calls, he said.
Sports Video Innovations partnered with Schutt Sports, a football helmet manufacturer, to provide a base for the camera. The camera-enabled helmet is known as SchuttVision.
The impact-resistant camera fits into the helmet’s nose bumper, shoots 720 HD video and has a 21/2-hour battery life. It captures footage on an SD card or transmits a live signal to the sidelines for further processing.
The video footage is primarily used for coaching, recruiting, social media and television broadcasts.
Liverman said the footage can help coaches better understand what the players see and can serve as a valuable instruction tool.
The helmet camera was tested by Schutt and certified as compliant with standards outlined by the nonprofit National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. The organization aims to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for protective equipment.
Paragon CEO Mike Wilkinson says this was a great accomplishment for both Paragon and Sports Video Innovations.
In addition to the 14 AFL teams, eight NFL teams use the SchuttVision helmets, including the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
Twenty-one National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I teams, including Texas and Texas Tech, use the helmets.
In all, 128 SchuttVision cameras are in use by the AFL, NCAA and NFL. Helmets retail for $1,200 each.
“The helmet is starting to show up in games quite a bit,” Jackson said. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Football may be just the beginning for the helmet cam. Liverman hopes to also use SchuttVision technology in hockey, lacrosse and baseball games.
“We want to change the way that fans experience the game,” he said.
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