ITV turned its cameras to Xeebra to see how video assistance helped UCI officials during the Tour de France
It's not just the riders that have been putting in the hard yards during this year’s Tour de France. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is using EVS' Xeebra multi-angle review systems on all three of its Grand Tours in 2018 (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España), as well as its upcoming World Championships to help ensure its rules are followed by riders, teams and all parties within the race convoy. Two Xeebra systems have been deployed by the UCI inside its new dedicated video assistance van that was stationed in the TV compound for each stage of the 2018 Tour de France.
ITV, which was broadcasting the Tour de France in the UK, took an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new UCI van and learnt how Xeebra gave the commissaires the autonomy to regulate the event. UCI Technical Advisor Robbie Hunter commented:
“We've got every single live feed from the race coming through to the van, so if there's any situation that the commissaires need to act on, they've now got all the information in front on them. It's an assistance to the commissaires to make sure they're making the right calls at the right time.”
Thanks to Xeebra’s simple touchscreen operation, they are able to stop, rewind, fast-forward, zoom or view action in slow-motion from different angles to make an immediate judgement, or mark and save potential incidents as they happen for later investigation.
If you live in the UK, you can watch the interview on ITV's website (subscription required).
With the first application of EVS’ own neural networks, the new version of the video refereeing system features an AI engine VIA Mind that calibrates the field of play to automatically to ensure the highest reliability for accurate graphics.