Innovative Latvian-made sports tool enters international market

A performance-measuring tool for athletes, "Echo", has been created in Latvia, showing great success and now entering markets in North America and Scandinavia, Latvian Television said August 11.

The tool can  be used daily by professional and semi-professional teams to measure the performance of their athletes, and it allows coaches to perform video analysis easily immediately, for example, after scoring a goal. 

This business idea occurred several years ago, at a meetup of former classmates who had realized they had a common problem. The owner of Echotech, Kaspars Urbāns said that everyone linked to sport had come to the same conclusion that there are no data available on performance, speeds or other data to examine loads for athletes.

Putting their heads together, after several years of work and tests, they have created a solution that professional and semi-professional teams around the world will be able to use in the future. 

Antennas are installed in the gym around the perimeter, usually high by the ceiling. Everything that athletes have to do is put on a uniform vest that has a pocket, and put their own chip in it.

The solution developed in Latvia compiles information on pulse, distance, speed, time  and not only. Motion sensors calculate load on joints or actual acceleration, impact, actual load. Coaches can see during the game which athlete is tired and needs a rest.

The tool also includes equipping gyms with cameras that allow coaches to look at repetitions at different angles, quickly develop video analysis. 

The system is installed in the Kocēni gym and two gyms in the Czech Republic. Entrepreneurs hope to break into the North American and Scandinavian markets in the future, and it looks like they will soon have the first big customer in Lithuania.

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