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KCF Technologies’ Roar Tracker Measures The Intensity Of Penn State Football

Beaver Stadium is something else when it gets rocking for a big Saturday showdown. Whether it’s for a big fourth-down stop or an unbelievable touchdown, the volume knob on Beaver Stadium’s amplifier is always cranked up to 11 on game days.

If you’ve noticed this past season, the “Roar Tracker” has been a new addition to the Beaver Stadium jumbotron’s repertoire. Powered by KCF Technologies, the tool aims to document and calculate the loudest moments in Beaver Stadium when the Nittany Lions take the field and show fans how many times the crowd disrupts the opposing team.

And the coolest part? This is all done by a proud Penn State graduate.

Jeremy Frank, who graduated from Penn State in 1997 with a degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in business, got the idea back in 2019 following the now-infamous timeout against Michigan.

“[That disruption] is something that, all the way to James Franklin, is on the team’s radar,” Frank said. “If you can disrupt the game with the crowd…it’s massively advantageous. The idea for us getting involved was basically a follow-up to that. James Franklin making that literally a game priority, getting the students as involved as possible.”

Roar Tracker works through a number of sensors strategically planted throughout the bleachers under the stadium. These powerful sensors sense the vibration of the stadium and send signals to a “base station” also installed in the stadium.

The base station sends the signal to a cell tower. They constantly communicate to provide the most accurate description of how loud the stadium is.

While Roar Tracker started only recently, you can already see results from the sensors here. Unsurprisingly, some of the loudest moments from this past season happened during the White Out game against the Auburn Tigers. But Frank already knows that the record will be broken. When asked if he thought that the current record would be broken, he responded with two simple words:

“Yes. Michigan.”

But the funny thing is, some of the loudest moments at Beaver Stadium during Penn State’s four-week homestand weren’t even related to football. Some of the most powerful sounds came as the crowd sang “Sweet Caroline” or a hearty verse of Penn State’s Alma Mater.

Via KCF Technologies’ Roar Tracker

“During the Auburn game, when Penn State had a turnover, that was loud. But when that was called back for a penalty, the response was even louder,” Frank said. “If you’re James Franklin, what you want to take back to the students is to realize you can have a massive impact on the game.”

Roar Tracker is still an evolving system, and Frank and his team are working toward having Roar Tracker give real-time feedback to fans. Imagine those “noise meters” you see on jumbotrons at sports games, except they actually work.

There is also hopes to one day adapt the Roar Tracker to other sports on campus, including hockey, volleyball, and basketball.

With so much going on with this new technology, it’ll be interesting to see Roar Tracker evolve and grow throughout Penn State athletics. So next time the Nittany Lions defend a big fourth-and-one, get just a bit louder and let the Roar Tracker work its magic.

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Charles Reinert

Charles Reinert is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. He hails from Norristown, Pennsylvania and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He loves playing his guitar, the color blue, and Tetris. If you feel the need to give him any positive or negative feedback, you can follow him on Twitter @charles_rein10 or email him at [email protected]

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