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NAB show is the launch pad for the RCS LaunchPad

March 27th, 2015 Posted in News Roundup By Fergal Ringrose

Reality Check Systems (RCS) will spotlight the newest iteration of LaunchPad, its production-proven interactive touchscreen solution that simplifies advanced soccer analysis for live broadcasts. The release will be on display at the Vizrt booth and includes new features designed to empower storytelling, boost fan engagement and expand compatibility with industry-standard tools.

New LaunchPad features include Real-Time Predictive Analysis: A built-in, probability-driven algorithm developed by Analy7ics AS lets users visualise the probable outcome of any soccer match before kickoff, and deliver updates as the game unfolds; operators can also illustrate how likely each team is to win the league, qualify for Europe or be relegated.

Social Media Integration: Search, mine and share player, celebrity, viewer and breaking news Tweets as dynamic graphics in real-time. Headlines: Create custom graphics (i.e. player profiles, team comparisons, newspaper quotes) in LaunchPad’s web portal, and instantly display them with the push of a button. Enhancements to Tablet Controller: All key LaunchPad functions are now available in the RCS iPad Navigator App. Integration with Vizrt’s Viz Libero 3D sports analysis software: Quickly access desired Viz Libero clips and related metadata in LaunchPad’s touchscreen menu and control playout.

“Since announcing LaunchPad at the end 2014, we’ve seen great enthusiasm for the product, and we’re excited to showcase it for the first time publicly this year at NAB,” said Jeff Heimbold, VP of Business Development, RCS. “With feedback from LaunchPad customers, our team has been working on several new features that make LaunchPad even easier to use, while also helping networks and leagues take their soccer coverage to the next level, and bring fans a viewing experience unlike any other.”

Available in any language, LaunchPad helps networks and leagues around the world connect fans more closely to soccer. Combining proprietary software with international soccer match data from the cloud, the system brings to life real-time analytics and telestrations for advanced storytelling before, during and post-match. An intuitive UI allows operators to call up and analyse touchscreen graphics that visualise stats on players, teams, matches and more, and make the game easier to understand.

LaunchPad also integrates with industry standard production tools such as Viz Libero, EVS XT3/XS Live Servers and others. Each system arrives pre-programmed to match the client’s aesthetic, and can be easily transported as production demands. RCS plans to extend the LaunchPad portfolio to include motorsports, rugby union, basketball and other sports in the future.