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IIT-Madras, IIS, develops boxing analytics software to boost India’s Olympic medal chances


Researchers at the IIT-Madras have partnered with

Inspire Institute of Sports at Bellary in Karnataka, to develop a cost effective

and advanced boxing analytics software to increase India’s medals at 2024


Called ‘Smartboxer’, a cost-effective analytic platform, it will use wearable

sensors and video cameras to provide performance assessments of boxers

on the four key traits that are assessed for scoring in boxing.

It will provide feedback and performance assessments using Internet of

Things (IoT)-enabled wearable sensors and video cameras. ‘Smartboxer’

will be deployed to analyse the boxers’ performance at Inspire Institute of

Sport (IIS).

Based on the feedback from IIS, changes will be incorporated into the

‘Smart boxer’ analytics platform, a release from IIT-M said today.

This will enable the software to be effectively used to assist coaches and


The ‘Smartboxer,’ being developed as a multi-version software by the Center

of Excellence for Sports Science and Analytics at IIT Madras, will provide an

above par competitive edge to Indian athletes. It will provide feedback and

performance assessments using Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled wearable

sensors and video cameras.

Sports engineering, a relatively new discipline, is an inter-disciplinary domain

that requires application of mathematics, physics, Artificial Intelligence and

IoT-driven wearables. Sports engineering will help to understand the physiology

and bio-mechanics associated with a sport. This will aid in solving sporting

problems and designing better sports equipment, the release said.

To achieve the ambitious target of increasing the medals in the 2024 Olympics,

the Indian Government has shortlisted certain key sports to focus its efforts on.

This includes archery, boxing, shooting, badminton, wrestling, hockey, weightlifting,

cycling and athletics.

In developing countries such as India, it takes around a decade or more to succeed

in winning medals at Olympics. A key enabler in achieving this target is in adopting

technology-based player performance management, which is the main vision of

IIT Madras in developing ‘Smartboxer’.

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