May 19, 2020

Giants fans rioting in the streets before Election Day 2010

citizen journalism
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Giants fans rioting in the streets before Election Day 2010

It seems as if the San Francisco Giants World Series win has brought out the worst in people, or maybe just their need to be a drunken hooligan. You must have been living under a rock to not know that the Giants beat the Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 of the World Series. However, the celebration trickled into the streets where citizens vandalized buildings, fought with each other, and started fires. And the Internet and social media platforms acted as part of citizen journalism to show the world what was going on in the City by the Bay.

A live stream of the city’s police scanner was available for Internet users to listen to, where instances of squad car break-ins, gunshot fires, broken store windows, and fires streamed over the scanner. Hashtags #SFRiot and #SFRiots also started to trend last night on Twitter with reports of vandalism and police enforcement.

What a way to wake up to an Election Day. Hung over, black eye, with Prop 19 on the brain. Today, Americans will be voting on regional propositions, new governors taking over office, city and school officials.

While many voters hit the polls before and after work to “speak” their opinion and support their political parties, many people are going home with that trusty “I Voted” sticker to wear on their lapels and t-shirts. Social media platforms like Facebook are offering a special “badge” of sorts to show all of your friends that you voted and Foursquare are offering “I Voted” badges of their own kind for voting today for a more technological way of showing off your patriotic and citizen responsibilities.


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Jun 21, 2021

How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans

3 min
Customer obsession and working backwards from the customer is a mantra of Amazon Web Services (AWS), epitomizing its partnership with NASCAR

AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”

AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”

Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”

Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”

Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using  ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”

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