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By Nick Georgandis

IBM's Slamtracker, which has been the bane of employee productivity at many an office for the last several years, is about to take another leap forward.

The new innovation is called SecondSight, and it will use cameras to track each player's movements on the court and how their performances change over the course of a match. Similar technology has been implemented in dashboards for baseball and basketball.

"There's a discussion in tennis about whether you can carve up the court into quadrants and look at the style of players and see how it impacts their performance when you force them to run," IBM Worlwide Sponsorshop Marketing program manager John Kent said in an interview with magazine InformationWeek.

SecondSight was used on a trial basis last year on Court 18, but will move to Centre Court in 2012. If this trial run is successful as well, IBM said SecondSight will become part of SlamTracker at next year's Wimbledon.

Visit: Wimbledon's Slamtracker