ISMAIL UDDIN / iSportconnect in LONDON: Cairos will be tendering to have its version of goal-line technology installed in Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.

The catch-up approach has been confirmed by Cairos Technologies, the parent company of Impire, within hours of FIFA confirming that it had passed the stringent tests and been licensed by the world federation.

A spokesperson for Cairos told iSportconnect: “Now that we are officially licensed we are also bidding to be the official goal line technology provider.

“The system is 100pc accurate – even if the ball is covered completely – the Cairos GLT System will decide correctly. The human input is restricted to simply switching the system components on. The Cairos GLT System is independent of conditions, weather, time of day, sun light and shadow, wind, fog and snow.

“This makes it unique.

“Also, the system has only a minimum impact to the stadium infrastructure. The cables are not visible. The standard goal frames can be used as well as the standard goal net. The goal line technology of Cairos can be installed in just a few days and is ready to use directly after the installation.

“Cairos/Impire has a long time experience in servicing top-level football teams and leagues. More than 1500 matches every year are being tracked, scouted, tagged and analysed in real time.”

System history

Cairos was also pleased that FIFA finally incoporated GLT for major events as it has previously been tested in past events.

The spokesman said: “Of course we are very pleased the FIFA decided to implement a goal line technology at the World Cup since we have been working on a system since 2000 and our system was already in action at the Club World Cup 2007 in Japan.”

The Cairos system was tested by the independent Swiss institute EMPA and then on German pitch tests between December 18-20, firstly at Karlsruhe’s Wildparkstadion and then at regional side ATSC Mutschelbach.

FIFA announced earlier this month that it had opened a tender for goal-line technology to be used in Brazil. The original two licensees, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye, are expected to bid.


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