Villa complete first phase of Hawk-Eye goalline technology in B6
Villa have completed the first phase of goalline technology installation in B6.
Working alongside British-based company Hawk-Eye, IT chiefs have overseen the addition of fourteen cameras and extensive cabling on the various stands across the stadium.
There will be seven cameras trained on the North Stand goal and seven cameras on the Holte End goal.
The work was completed in four days with the second phase comprising extensive testing scheduled in mid-late July when the Villa Park pitch is laid-out in readiness for the start of the season.
Hawk-Eye is known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology.
Its football system - using high frame rate cameras in order to find the ball when it is close to the goal - detects if the ball has crossed the goalline via a triangulation signal which is then sent to the referee's watch within one second from a Broadcast Truck on-site.
Hawk-Eye says its system is "millimetre accurate, ensuring no broadcast replays could disprove the decision".
The video footage of each incident can also be used on the big screens at Villa Park and also for replay purposes on shows such as BBC's Match of the Day and Sky's Football First as well as AVTV's post-match highlights package.
The continued use of Hawk-Eye in B6 will be overseen by the company's skilled staff.
As background, the Premier League voted to introduce goalline technology from the 2013-14 season.
Top-flight clubs voted to adopt the system during a meeting of the 20 Premier League chairmen.
Hawk-Eye were awarded the contract to provide the system.
Nick Finney, Multimedia Operations Manager, said: "We have worked very closely with Hawk-Eye since the Premier League decision to introduce goalline technology for the coming season.
"All cameras have now been installed in the ground so what's left is testing by a third party to verify the workings of the state-of-the-art technology within B6.
"We're happy that this will be signed-off and the new system will be fully-operational by the time Liverpool visit on August 24."
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