The Internet of Things is already widely used in industry, business environments and smart cities. However, the use of IoT in sports has also spawned innovative technologies that can revolutionize the entire industry.

Here are three applications of wireless module IoT in sports that can be a game changer.

Athlete performance.

Sports technology giants are installing IoT-powered sensors in footwear, apparel and equipment to ensure the health and safety of athletes and enhance training and development.

Smart Apparel

Smart clothing is leading the next step in physical training. Clothing embedded with sensors uses real-time data to correct biomechanics, enhance stamina, optimize training and recovery, and even correct an athlete's skills and opportunities.

Smart shoes.

Smart shoes are equipped with gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors that analyze running style, measure strain, impact and balance, and make recommendations that support training goals. This in-depth data not only helps optimize performance, but also prevents injury.

As an example, Seoul-based startup 3LLabs has developed a fitness tracking device designed to detect health problems early. The smart shoe, called FootLogger, uses biometric data collected from athletes to send recommendations on how to improve gait, diagnose potential diseases and improve athletic performance. To record an athlete's exercise habits, it has eight sensors and an accelerometer. Smart can also help patients recover, especially with spinal or neurological problems, and can also be used to detect early signs of arthritis and dementia.

Smart devices

By 2026, the global market for smart sports devices is expected to reach $12 billion. Whether it's a basketball, baseball bat, golf club or helmet, sports devices equipped with wireless IoT sensors are helping athletes and coaches monitor, track and analyze, improve performance, and provide health and safety.

Facility Management

Another important IoT application in sports is facility and site management. One of the biggest daily responsibilities of sports facilities and venues is to keep the space clean, comfortable and safe. Many IoT technologies help streamline these tasks and reduce associated costs.

For example, combining personnel statistics with presence detection data can pinpoint frequently used areas, as well as different areas such as restrooms, concession stand queues, entrances and exits, to better manage sanitization and cleaning schedules. With wireless IoT sensors, facility managers can also proactively monitor when entrance and restroom hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other consumables are running low for timely and effective inventory management and replenishment. Similarly, stadiums can enhance waste management with IoT-based smart bin technology, which sends real-time data on bin fill levels to facility managers for timely removal.

In terms of audience comfort, operating costs and sustainability, energy management can now be easily optimized with the help of environmental sensors that monitor temperature, lighting and cooling. This environmental data identifies key energy drivers and provides an all-encompassing view of energy consumption patterns, abnormal energy consumption of faulty equipment (if any), under- or over-utilized infrastructure and wasted resources. Similarly, air quality sensors can be used to ensure proper ventilation of the stadium.

Spectator experience

With an $8 billion market, sports organizations are now realizing that improving the spectator experience with innovative technology has become essential to their survival and growth while competing with digital entertainment systems that keep younger generations at home.

State-of-the-art smart stadiums are being built to dramatically improve the spectator experience and increase seating rates at games. Wireless sensors provide a wealth of information to spectators, including parking availability, field lines, seating upgrades, special discounts and more. Spectators can personalize their experience through digital displays or downloadable apps that

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