A Windows Mobile device has once again won a place at the prestigiousÂ All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s yearly championship at Wimbledon. It wont be competing on center court however, but will rather be making sure all the athletes show up at the right place at the right time. Socket has announced their Socket 650 rugged Windows Mobile handheld will be running the Wimbledon Scorer application from EDH Sport, a provider of sports information technology systems.
“The running of an event like Wimbledon is a huge undertaking and Socket is proud to be part of such an important system,” said Bob Zink, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Socket Mobile. “The amount of data an umpire needs to process is constantly increasing, but advances in mobile technology mean that decisions are made and relayed quicker than ever. The handheld mobile computers will play an integral part of the planning and running of the championship.”
The application records all of the information required for an official score card, assists the umpire in managing the match by automatically prompting for events like change of end or change of balls, and provides a live feed of the match status on a point-by-point basis.The system supplied by EDH Sport also registers all entrants in the tournament, selects eligible registrants, and assigns each person their place in the draw for the first round of The Championships. After each day of play, the system produces a proposed order of play for the next day across the tournament’s 18 courts.
Windows Mobile devices have been having a longstanding presence at Wimbledon, and is an example of how easily and cheaply developed vertical applications can be run on robust devices and provide line-of-business advantages to a very wide range of companies all over the world.
Source: Socket press release via CNNMoney