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16 February 2014

OMEGA introduces new timing equipment for ice hockey at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games


Together with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), OMEGA developed the IH Whistle Detection system – innovative new technology which makes its debut at the ice hockey games at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

During a game, every on-ice official is equipped with a wireless microphone in order to speak to the scorekeeper on the timing bench. The automatic Whistle Detection system monitors the audio signal throughout the game and will stop the clock as soon as it detects the sound of a referee’s whistle. 


The sound of the whistle is detected and the time is stopped within 1/10th of a second – at least half a second faster than a timekeeper who stops the time manually. This system ensures the accuracy of the stopped time and results in additional playing time.


The IH Whistle Detection works on a principle similar to that of voice recognition. This equipment knows the sound signature of three different whistles approved by the IIHF for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.


Discover OMEGA's role at Sochi 2014 by following this link.


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