XOS Upgrades Four College Basketball Facilities
XOS Technologies has completed technology upgrades on four colleges’ basketball facilities – University of Kansas, Syracuse University, Marshall University, and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
The XOS Facilites Design and Integration (FDI) division spent between two and eight weeks integrating hundreds of audio/video, desktop presentation, and digital video editing technologies into a total of 64 combined areas (courts, film rooms, offices, etc.) within the four facilities.
“More basketball facilities are being built or upgraded at the present than ever before,” says Mark Hudgins, GM of XOS FDI. “Recruiting the nation’s top athletes has become even more competitive, and a technologically enticing facility often plays a pivotal role in this respect. Our relationships with KU, Syracuse, Marshall, and UTEP are prime examples of these priorities.”
Upgrades to Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse spanned across 32 areas, including James Naismith Court, the film editing and video offices, and conference rooms. Touch-screen technology was also integrated throughout the facility, which features a total of 50 plasma displays.
“This is a nationwide shift in investment priority that has merit,” says Brad Nachtigal, associate AD for capital projects at KU. “We’re committed to being the very best in basketball which is why, on the heels of our 2008 National Championship, we chose to invest in a $7.9 million renovation of Allen Fieldhouse, complete with the latest technologies that will ultimately help us to continue our legacy of success.”
The FDI team made upgrades to 29 different areas at Syracuse’s Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, including the Hall of Fame room, practice courts, weight room, and video room. The men’s and women’s meeting rooms were each fitted with two XOS Coaches Command Stations as well as XOS In-Touch telestration systems, enabling coaches to draw over any computer of video generated image using their fingertips.
“Our new video office is more productive than ever before,” says Todd Blumen, video coordinator, Syracuse University. “In fact, our entire facility is, for that matter. However, these new technologies not only help us from an operational standpoint, but also with recruiting efforts. We’re looking to add only the best of the best, and it’s not always easy to impress elite athletes. Now, thanks in part to XOS, we’re better prepared to pique the interest of our top candidates during our recruiting tours and office visits.”
The Cam Henderson Center at Marshall University received two XOS Coaches Comand Stations and XOS In-Touch telestration systems for its men’s and women’s theaters. UTEP’s Foster Stevens Basketball Complex also integrated the XOS In-Touch telestration system into its team meeting room.
All four universities currently use XOS digital video editing systems from the company’s Coaching Solutions division. KU uses the XOS Director system, while Marshall, Syracuse, and UTEP use the latest model called XOS Thunder.