The following statement has been issued by adidas in relation to smartball technology, which was trialed at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 and was due to be trialed at the FIFA World Club Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005.
Statement on Smartball Technology
adidas confirms that the so-called smartball technology that uses the ball as an information carrier will not debut at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. It will also not be tested at the FIFA Club World Championship™ in Tokyo this December.
In consultation with the international football federation FIFA, and in close cooperation with development partner Cairos Technologies AG in Karlsbad, Germany, it has been decided to focus on the further development and testing of the system before using it at tournaments on the highest professional level.
The adidas Match-Ball for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ that will be unveiled at the Draw in Leipzig on December 9th will be the technologically most advanced football ever made. It features a revolutionary new panel shape allowing players significant improvements in accuracy and control.
adidas has been the leading innovator in the development of new sports products since the days when Adi Dassler founded the company. One particular focus in this respect has traditionally been football and the essential products for this sport.
adidas started its production of footballs in 1963 and is responsible for some of the most notable innovations in this area. The legendary Telstar ball design, the ball configuration consisting of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons, the use of synthetic materials in footballs, the launch of colored footballs and the recent introduction of the Thermal Bonding technology are only a few of the most well-known examples.
adidas has supplied the Official Match Balls to all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments since 1970 and will also be the Official Partner and Supplier of the Match Ball for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
Cairos Technologies AG
Cairos Technologies AG is privately owned and is the leader in the sector of highly accurate, high-resolution 3-D localization of dynamic objects. Cairos came up with the initial idea of tracking an object on the pitch in order to support the referee in his decision. It was founded in June 2000. In 2001 Cairos started its cooperation with the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen and in 2004 they welcomed adidas-Salomon AG as the third cooperation partner in the Cairos System Project.
The Cairos System is developed and optimized for situations in which fast moving objects must be located exactly and securely with very small transmitters. The system is independent of weather influences and can not be distracted by other wireless systems.
The principles used in the system can also be applied in different situations: sport applications such as American football, soccer, basketball or ice hockey, but the system can also perform in an industrial environment such as the security of airports and flight gates, in large docks, in military operations and in many more situations. Cairos AG is the exclusive worldwide distributor for the Cairos system in sports and in the industry.