From Lord’s To Wimbledon To Wembley
Wimbledon’s most influential presence may soon be seen at football matches. Next month, FIFA decides whether to introduce Hawk-Eye.
Developed at Roke Manor Research by Dr Paul Hawkins who played cricket for Buckinghamshire, Hawk-Eye was first used in the Ashes series of 2001.
In 2007 it was first used at Wimbledon. Earlier this month it was used at the England v Belgium soccer friendly but the officials were not linked to the system.
Hawk-Eye uses triangulation from at least four high-speed cameras to calculate for each frame the position of the ball measured against a stored model of the court, wicket or pitch.
Succeeding frames build a record of the ball’s trajectory and predict its future flight path and where it will interact with the features on the stored model of the playing area.
The technology was perfected by Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd headed by Paul Hawkins and backed by Mark Getty son of cricket fan Paul Getty once the world’s richest man.
The company was sold to Sony in March 2011.