Hudl Announces Incatec Acquisition, Bolsters Smart Camera Technology for 2019 and Beyond

We’ve joined forces with Netherlands-based Incatec, a smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny, to help teams stream­line their record­ing process and secure the best views in the house. See what’s in store for 2019 and beyond.

Hudl Announces Incatec Acquisition, Bolsters Smart Camera Technology for 2019 and Beyond

We’ve joined forces with Netherlands-based Incatec, a smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny, to help teams stream­line their record­ing process and secure the best views in the house. See what’s in store for 2019 and beyond.

In today’s deeply com­pet­i­tive analy­sis envi­ron­ment, ensur­ing all the video you share with your team is mean­ing­ful and time­ly is vital to success. 

That’s why we’re excit­ed to announce we’ve added Incatec, a leader in smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment, to the Hudl fam­i­ly. The acqui­si­tion, final­ized in 2018, was instru­men­tal in stream­lin­ing our cur­rent col­lec­tion of record­ing solu­tions and sets us up to effec­tive­ly inno­vate on cut­ting-edge prod­ucts that auto­mat­i­cal­ly cap­ture and dis­trib­ute the moments that mat­ter most to teams. 

When we first learned of Incatec, we were imme­di­ate­ly impressed,” said Brian Kaiser, Hudl CTO. They were inno­vat­ing quick­er and meet­ing cus­tomer demand faster than every­body else. It was clear that they brought some­thing unique to the table and we absolute­ly had to team up with them.” 

They were inno­vat­ing quick­er and meet­ing cus­tomer demand faster than every­body else.” Brian Kaiser, Hudl CTO

Thanks to the team at Incatec, we’re rolling out state-of-the-art record and upload solu­tions as part of The Future of Sportscode on January 31. The event will focus on the newest ver­sion of Sportscode and dis­cuss the biggest chal­lenges fac­ing teams today, like coach­es and ana­lysts need­ing the abil­i­ty to trans­late analy­sis into bite-sized sto­ries that res­onate with ath­letes. The Incatec acqui­si­tion was instru­men­tal in devel­op­ing a smart cam­era sys­tem at the very cen­ter of the con­nect­ed plat­form we’ll be unveiling. 

The smart camera system captures high-quality tactical, zoom and panoramic views that can be fed into Sportscode for live coding.

Highlights of the smart cam­era sys­tem include the abil­i­ty to:

  • Capture high-qual­i­ty tac­ti­cal, zoom and panoram­ic views
  • Combine angles and auto­mate cus­tom views
  • Send feeds into Sportscode for live coding
  • Automatically record and upload video into Hudl

Combining Incatec’s cam­era exper­tise and algo­rithms with our video and data dis­tri­b­u­tion know-how allows us to swift­ly inno­vate on record­ing tech­nol­o­gy that syncs with­in an inte­grat­ed plat­form,” said Kaiser. The impact their tal­ent has made in such a short peri­od of time can­not be overstated.” 

Case in point: the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Incatec has enabled us to accel­er­ate our expan­sion into hard­ware and fur­ther our vision to cap­ture and bring val­ue to every moment in sports. Hudl Focus, a cam­era that auto­mat­i­cal­ly records and uploads games to teams’ Hudl accounts — all with­out a human touch — went from con­cep­tion to being suc­cess­ful­ly beta test­ed in just eight months.

Hudl’s newest smart camera technology, Hudl Focus, went from conception to being successfully beta tested within eight months.

It was a whirl­wind,” said Martijn Berger, for­mer Incatec CTO and founder and cur­rent engi­neer­ing direc­tor at Hudl. But because we’re so pas­sion­ate about mak­ing high-qual­i­ty video that’s con­nect­ed to a ful­ly-inte­grat­ed analy­sis plat­form avail­able to coach­es every­where, we wouldn’t have it any oth­er way. 

To go from an idea to suc­cess­ful­ly test­ing Focus with more than 200 schools across the U.S. in a mat­ter of months is some­thing we’re proud of because it means we’re meet­ing cus­tomer demand at a rapid pace. We’ve only scratched the sur­face, and we can’t wait to bring even more inno­va­tions to mar­ket in 2019 and beyond.” 

“​The analy­sis process starts and ends with video, so the sky is real­ly the lim­it to what we can do with smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy paired with the con­nec­tiv­i­ty Hudl’s plat­form provides.” Martijn Berger, former Incatec CTO and founder and current engineering director at Hudl

The nine-mem­ber Incatec team not only expe­dit­ed our efforts to make smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy acces­si­ble at all lev­els of play, but their shared under­stand­ing of video’s role through­out the entire analy­sis process will ensure we root our future inno­va­tions in ways that dri­ve real action.

Hudl took us in with open arms and we couldn’t be more excit­ed to join a com­pa­ny that aligns to our mis­sion of help­ing teams secure the best views in the house in the most effi­cient way pos­si­ble,” said Thomas Berger, for­mer Incatec CEO and founder and cur­rent direc­tor of cam­era hard­ware at Hudl. 

The analy­sis process starts and ends with video, so the sky is real­ly the lim­it to what we can do with smart cam­era tech­nol­o­gy paired with the con­nec­tiv­i­ty Hudl’s plat­form provides.” 

To learn more about the Incatec acqui­si­tion, our record and upload solu­tions, and our vision for the future of per­for­mance analy­sis, join us on January 31 for The Future of Sportscode.