SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference, held its fifth edition at the
Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City Philippines on December 2 and 3, 2019. The event brings together professional sports men and women as well as key players from within the business of sport.

Atrium Sports came away as winners in the Best Use of Technology category of the awards for its work with Kilsyth Basketball in piloting an innovative FIBA Connected Stadium scheme. The project used smart technology including AI-powered Keemotion cameras to automate the production of live basketball games.

The project was a stunning success receiving excellent feedback from Kilsyth Association, league (NBL1) and fans. Kilsyth have streamed over 100 live games including Basketball Australia U14 National Club Championships, NBL1 Games, Big V Youth League Games, VJBL junior games and National Wheelchair matches.

The ultimate success was that the technology has since been recognised by FIBA, the world governing body for basketball who have entered into a partnership with Atrium Sports to roll this opportunity out to member National Federations. The technology stack has since become the FIBA Connected Stadium following the partnership announcement in August of 2019.

Speaking about Kilsyth Basketball’s collaboration with Atrium Sports for the FIBA Connected Stadium project, CEO, Will van Poppel said:

“The FIBA Connected Stadium has been a massive success for Kilsyth Basketball. Being able to easily stream all our games from elite to grassroots with the highest quality automated technology including graphics and commentary has been a huge win for our Association”

“We are proud to have worked with Atrium Sports to be the first FIBA Connected Stadium globally, it has enabled us to better connect with fans, activate sponsors and produce better content while saving costs through automation.”

On winning the award, Atrium Sports CEO Ben Turner said:

“As we reach the close of 2019, it’s been an incredible year for Atrium Sports. The recognition that this award brings to what we’re trying to achieve with the FIBA Connected Stadium project and the hard work our team has put in this year is truly rewarding.”

“Our mantra at Atrium Sports is that ‘Automation is the new normal’ and I think the FIBA Connected Stadium is game changing in terms of how it demonstrates the impact that automation can bring in terms of cost savings, additional revenue opportunities and taking fan engagement to the next level.”

Displaying the scale of the event, other award winners of the evening included Manny Pacquiao (Asian Sportsman of the Year), the Rugby World Cup (Best International Sporting Event of the Year) and legendary Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo (Sport and Beyond Award).

The complete list of winners can be viewed at the dedicated event website.