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EVS IMPLEMENTS UNIQUE AI-ENABLED OFFSIDE INDICATOR INTO XEEBRA 2.0

Updated video refereeing system uses EVS’ new modular platform to enable faster and easier user operation

Liège, Belgium – March 28, 2018 – EVS, the leading provider of live video production technology today announces the release of the latest version of its video refereeing system Xeebra 2.0. This new version, which will be presented at the 2018 NAB Show, provides users with new features including AI-driven field calibration, audio support for exports and IFAB protocol support for VAR usage.

Xeebra 2.0 relies on a new technology platform that EVS will introduce at the 2018 NAB Show. This new modular platform is built on a suite of microservices that will sit at the core of all EVS products, and which will offer new AI engines based on machine learning.

The machine learning technology implemented into Xeebra 2.0 automatically calibrates the field of play – something that’s time-consuming and subject to error if not done carefully. The AI-driven calibration in Xeebra 2.0 doesn’t require any pre-game setup or the deployment of additional sensors or cameras. It uses only the images from the live broadcast camera feeds. As a result, operators don’t need to hassle with the calibration process and can feel confident that the graphics that they overlay on the field is done with the highest level of precision.

Additionally, Xeebra 2.0 offers ingest and export of game audio as well as customizable buttons on its dedicated BEPlay controller.

Built on EVS’ industry-leading replay technology, Xeebra allow sports officials, and on-air analysts to replay any number of live camera angles for review.

Users can swiftly select preferred angles that remain entirely in-sync on the system’s intuitive touchscreen and zoom into the images with a simple touch-and-pinch gesture. Xeebra’s client/server architecture also implies that it can be deployed wherever it needs to be, whether on the sidelines, in a venue production control room or a remote officiating facility.

EVS is accredited as an official technical partner of FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. Xeebra is also widely deployed by leagues, federations and facilities providers all over the world. MEDIAPRO uses Xeebra as a VAR system for top soccer leagues on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Primeira Liga in Portugal and the Liga MX in Mexico (for more information about VAR deployment, read our white paper). Xeebra is also used by the British Horseracing Association and just recently by NEP Ireland for the NatWest 6 Nations’ rugby championship.

Xeebra 2.0 will be demonstrated on the EVS booth – SL3816 – during the 2018 NAB Show, which takes place between 9-12 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The updated system will also be presented at the EVS press conference, which will take place on Sunday April 8, 2018 at 5pm on the company’s stand. To attend, please rsvp by sending an email to EVS@rlyl.com.

Media contacts:

For more info about this press release, or to set up an interview with EVS, please contact:

Sebastien VERLAINE
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: +32 4 361 58 09
Email: marketing@evs.com

Tristan Earl (EMEA)
or Martin Izzard (Americas and APAC)
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (PR company)
Tel: +44 (0)207 403 8878 / +1 310 773 3760
Email : evs@rlyl.com

About EVS

EVS is globally recognized as the technology leader for live video production. The company introduced Live Slow Motion replay in 1994, and has continued to build on its reputation for quality and reliability with solutions that enhance live sports, entertainment and news content. Innovations – such as the C-Cast multimedia platform and DYVI software-defined switcher – are raising the bar for live production enrichment, management and distribution. Broadcasters, rights owners, producers and venues alike use EVS to maximize the value of their productions and increase revenue streams.

The company is headquartered in Belgium with offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, and provides sales and technical support to more than 100 countries. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371. For more information, please visit www.evs.com

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Forward Looking Statements
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