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Infosys – ATP tie-up calls for enhanced tennis experience

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Tennis fans and players can brace themselves for an enhanced and transformative experience as Infosys, the global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, and ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis have announced a strategic partnership to leverage the latest technological advances in mobility, cloud and analytics.

According to a media release, as part of this partnership, Infosys will become the Global Technology Services Partner and Platinum Sponsor of the ATP World Tour, as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, for the next three years.

The development opens the door for Infosys to leverage its expertise in cloud, mobility and analytics to manage, analyze and interpret large volumes of tennis data (both historical and current) to present insights and predictions through interactive platforms for ATP fans, players, partners and the media.

Under the partnership, several key initiatives will be worked upon by Infosys for the ATP World Tour. These include creation of an exclusive Infosys ATP Scores and Stats Center to revolutionise engagement with tennis fans through every tournament, match and point.

The Scores and Stats Center will be powered by the Infosys Information Platform (IIP), an open-source data analytics platform for data visualization and data analysis.

The partnership also envisages an ATP Player Zone; a next-generation player engagement platform and mobile app to elevate the experience for players by enabling them to register for tournaments, review travel information, connect with other players, and stay up-to-date on all ATP World Tour news.

“As personally a fan of tennis, it is really exciting to think about how we can invent great new and engaging experiences for fans.

Great experience for tennis fans is what ATP has always stood for, and we can now take this to even greater heights with our work together,” Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, said.

“Fans will soon have the opportunity to get completely immersed in the action, and feel the passion and intensity in every match, and more.

This partnership will enable us to bring new experiences in new ways to fans worldwide and will also serve to inform many new types of consumer engagements in other walks of life,” Sikka further remarked.

On the other front, Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said, “We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Infosys. The opportunities surrounding technology, statistics and data in men’s professional tennis are vast.

“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the ATP as we welcome an industry leader in Infosys and take an important step towards exploring new opportunities in this area”.

(With inputs from IANS)

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A New Tool May Aid Patients To Detect Urine Blockage

Surgeons are developing a new smartphone-based tool that can detect urethral or urine blockage, potentially making it easier for patients to test themselves for the condition from the comfort of their own homes.

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Surgeons are developing a new smartphone-based tool that can detect urethral or urine blockage, potentially making it easier for patients to test themselves for the condition from the comfort of their own homes.

The novel technique could take high-speed photography which could capture subtle differences between a normal steady stream of liquid and a stream of liquid with an obstruction.

Urethral strictures are a slowing or blocking of the natural flow of urine due to an injury or infection. It is normally diagnosed by uroflowmetry, a test administered at a physician’s office.

“The problem is that patient follow-up after we treat this condition is very poor,” said Matthew Gretzer, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in the US.

“But we need patients to come back to our clinic for a uroflow test to determine if the obstruction is still present,” he added.

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In order to test Gretzer’s hypothesis on high-speed photography, the team created a model of a urethral structure using tubing hooked to a saline bag that could drain through.

Saline fluid was passed through the tubing with and without blockages, created using 3D printed strictures, placed within the tubing. High-speed photography captured both the regular and blocked stream of liquid exiting the tube.

Gretzer contended that photos can be a medium to diagnose blockages and he hopes that patients could send him these images to analyse and make the diagnosis. He plans to create a mobile app which can be downloaded by the patients.

“All patients would need to do is take high-speed images of their urine flow using a strobe light,” Gretzer said.

“Strobe light apps are readily available right now for people to use on their phones”.

Also Read: Astronauts from Clemson University in US Believe Human Urine Can Help Safer Space Travel

According to the researchers, as fluid exits an opening, a natural breakpoint occurs where the liquid stream forms droplets, but with obstructions in place, it changes.

The results showed that by analysing photos, they could measure the length to this point of droplet formation. This length then directly related to the presence of an obstruction in the tube. (IANS)

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