Here are some of the people from the Heanor firm involved in testing the hi-tech goal-line technology currently being used for the first time at the football World Cup.
Labosport hit the headlines last week when we revealed how they were playing a pivitol role in the World Cup in Brazil.
Amber Valley Borough Council leader Cllr Paul Jones also heaped praise on the firm for helping to put Heanor on the map.
The company, based on Heanor Gate Road, was certified by footballing body FIFA as a test institute to undertake the final installation checking of goal-line technology systems to ensure it worked.
And staff members from the firm were given the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of the tournament when they were flown out to all 12 stadiums in Brazil to test out the technology before thecompetition kicked off a fortnight ago.
The revolutionary technology works by placing seven cameras on each goal which tracks the ball’s movement to a high level of accuracy and if it crosses the goal-line a signal is sent to the referee’s watch within half a second of the incident.
The firm currently has 10 key staff members based in Derbyshire, although Labosport employ in excess of 50 people worldwide as they have laboratories in France, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Having been in business business for more than 20 years, Labosport has been involverd in research projects such as synthetic turf, shock absorbency and the general performance of facilities in all types of intense climatic conditions in sports ranging from the top level football matches to international tennis.
Labosport’s managing director Colin Young said it had been satifying to see the technology used in the World Cup.