Using Technology To Make First Down Tracking Easier

Bringing First Down Markers to the 21st Century

The current method for checking first downs is a very primitive and error prone system. In addition to the inaccuracy of the markers, taking the chains out onto the field for close call measurements is a waste of time.

A Quicker and More Accurate Way of First Down Determination

With the use of lasers, the markers determine whether or not the ball has crossed the first down plane.

No More Controversial Calls

Close first down calls can be measured precisely with no question. LaserRef is accurate down to the inch and capable of determinig calls within seconds. This information is automatically uploaded to Twitter for fans to easily see.


Preliminary Design Review

PDR Slides

Midway Design Review

MDR Slides

Comprehensive Design Review

CDR Slides

Final Project Review

FPR Slides

Midway Design Report

MDR Report

Final Report

FPR Report (Not available yet)

SDP Poster

SDP Report

Block Diagram

The Team

Meet the awesome people on this project.

Josh Gallant

Josh Gallant


Tim Freitas

Tim Freitas


Sam Auwerda

Sam Auwerda


Josh Setow

Josh Setow


Get in touch

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    University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003
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