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5 reasons to implement live tracking on your event to improve the experience of the spectators

After all these months of preparation, you want to make your event unforgettable, the one the participants would not miss for the world. You have many tools to animate your event (music, speaker, food trucks…), to give a good time to the participants and to distract their family and friends who came to support them.

Spectators often have to wait at the start and finish lines, or at certain points of the course, following the planned lap times to encourage their participants. They only have few solutions to accompany them. Why not consider GPS tracking of the participants? Too expensive? Not very effective? Tracking solutions have largely developed in recent years and can meet the demands of organizers, according to their budget.

Tech4Race gives you 5 reasons to implement GPS tracking on your event to improve the experience of the spectators:

REAson n°1: ImmerSE.

With a GPS live tracking solution, spectators can dive into the heart of the race,  and be closer to the participants. “Have you seen her? Where is she?”, “do you think he’s injured?” will no longer be questions to ask. With GPS tracking, spectators have information in real time and can be at the right place at the right time to support, advise and encourage their favorite athletes.

REAson n°2: gather the participants together.

We will not surprise you by telling that sport is unifying (eg: FIFA World Cup 2018). The gathering of supporters is not restricted to more publicized sports. You only have to see the euphoria of the spectators during the last edition of the UTMB, and it’s about trail running, not football. All things considered, the financial means of these 2 events are not within the reach of all events. The goal remains the same: to set up a live tracking solution to gather the spectators, to allow them to follow together the battle of the favorites or the group of friends competing with each other on the trails … Shared moments behind the screen and commented around a drink at the bar.

REAson n°3: REASSURE.

The safety of the participants is the number one priority of the organizer as well as for the relatives and supporters. GPS tracking is particularly interesting for certain types of races (long distances, difficult environments or conditions), and makes it possible to follow the progression of all the participants during the race and to intervene in case of problem. The fans are reassured to know that their athletes have an additional way to be spotted on a map. 

REAson n°4: InnovATE.

Give your spectators a new, innovative and fun service and meet the demands of “immediacy” due to the rise of smartphones and continuous information.
New technologies allow the organizer to offer services equivalent to premium events at very competitive costs.

REAson n°5: Make the event live in the long-term.

Communicate in the long term with the participants. Before the race, by sharing the link of live tracking interface. During the race, by commenting on the race. After the race, by sharing the replay of the race and relive the best moments. Grow your community through interactions created on the web with athletes.

So, ready to implement a GPS tracking solution on your event? Contact us 😉

Antenne réseau LoRa

With LoRaWAN get rid of the typical “there is no coverage”

An outdoor race organizer who wants to propose a GPS tracking solution on his event regularly asks himself this question: is the mobile network (the most commonly used for this type of service) good enough to follow the participants all along the race?

Station antenne bord de mer
Antenna station placed on the course of the Ultra-Marin

Sports competitions in the mountains, in dense forest or at the seaside are often confronted with the problem of “white” zones, in which the network does not work, “there is no coverage”. There are alternative GPS tracking solutions, like satellite, that offer excellent tracking quality. However, these solutions are often cumbersome and expensive, and therefore not necessarily affordable for a large number of events.

At Tech4Race, we chose not to use the GSM or satellite network. Our GPS tracker uses the LoRaWAN network, dedicated to connected objects. This network has many advantages, including the ability to create our own LoRa network over a specific geographical area.

For what purpose? Easily and optimally follow a race in real-time at a reduced cost.

Here’s an example. A race organizer contacts us for GPS tracking on a trail by the sea. We evaluate the quality of the existing network along the route of the race with our operator tools (Objenious). Some sections of the route may not be well covered by the LoRa network. This is the reason why implementing a private network could be a really good idea.

TESTEZ LA COUVERTURE DU RÉSEAU OBJENIOUS
Network coverage test with Objenious tool

Thanks to mobile base stations with antennas, we can deploy a network in “private” mode all along the route or in “mixed” mode to cover only certain areas of the race. After a topographical analysis, we place them on different spots along the course of the race so that the GPS tracker can send its data throughout the duration of the race. On the sections on which the Objenious network is good, it easily communicates with him. On the others, the stations take over. For what results? Continuous GPS live tracking of the race for more safety, attractiveness and fun. Ultra Marin (trail running) has implemented this network for this year event. For the 177km race, two sections poorly covered have been filled with antennas.

Since this network constraint has been lifted, new opportunities for GPS tracking on outdoor sports events appeared, in terms of number of races covered in France and abroad. For example, the horse endurance races in Abu Dabhi equipped with our solution were covered with our private network. Recently, the Prestige Cup (horse endurance) and the SwimRun Côte Vermeille were covered by a mixed network.

Antennas installationWe have worked with two key players of the Internet of Things to implement the “private” network: Kerlink, a network solution provider and Wi6Labs, a designer and integrator of solutions for the Internet of Things. Their expertise has been invaluable for us to complete our developments. Regarding the “mixed” network, it is the result of the R&D work of our technical team, which also specializes in network infrastructures.

Let’s discuss the possibilities of implementing Tech4Race live tracking on your event! Contact us 😉

Matinale connectée objenious

Tech4Race: Objenious’ official partner

Trophée Objenious - partenaire officiel

Last 6th june, we were invited at a keynote dedicated to connected objects, organized by Objenious.

A morning rich in exchanges which put in perspective the uses, the expectations, and the answers brought by this LoRa network operator.

Objenious highlighted Tech4Race among other use cases presented during this event, with a video broadcast in the room.

We are proud to be one of the official partners of Objenious, our main network supplier for our GPS tracking solution. Its availability and its will to meet the expectations of its users is the security of a long-lasting relation for us and our customers.

Objenious in a few figures:

  • n°1 of the IoT in France in the space of 3 years
  • 300 customers
  • More than 100,000 objects use Objenious’s LoRa network
  • 6 million LoRa messages a day on its SPOT platform
  • 4,300 antennas installed in France

With this national coverage, we are able to propose our solution throughout France and soon in Europe thanks to the partnerships that Objenious is setting up with other national operators (Switzerland, Belgium and Lux), next summer.

Joeur de golf et club

GPS tracking and live scoring for golfing events

The sunny days are back (well, almost…)! The golf clubs, spiked shoes and balls are out and that’s without displeasing us 🙂

June was a month dedicated to golf for the most part with 2 competitions equipped with our GPS tracking solution. The “Trophée du golf de l’UE 35” and the “StartUp Golf Cup” were the early adopters of our new live scoring solution.

GPS live tracking GPS of golfing events?

It’s not that obvious, we know but wait… To give you an idea, a golf course with 18 holes can be bigger than 50 hectares. On such an area, it is complicated for the organizer to understand what happens during the game and for the spectators to know where the players they want to see actually are.

Scoring liveIn concrete terms: each team or player is equipped with a GPS tracker so as to offer a geolocated view in real time of the games on the course. A scoring tool is set up to easily enter the score as and when the game takes place. The score is entered on a smartphone by the player or on a tablet used by a volunteer every 1, 3 or 6 holes!
The result: an overview of the event for the organizer and the  golf course managers. It is convenient and reassuring for them to manage the timing of the event and also when thunderstorms are expected during the day (as it was the case that day!).
Also, the emulation between the players is increased. They are able to check the scores of the opposing teams in live. It is a great boost… even if it does not help to make the birdies fall 🙂

You organize or sponsor a golf competition soon (professional or amateur competition, Pro-Am, challenge, club trophy, etc.)? Contact us to give a new dimension to your golf event! 🙂

Startup Golf Cup Nantes

Startup Golf Cup 2018: Tech4Race back on the greens

After a very promising first edition in 2017 in Nantes, the Startup Golf Cup returns in 2018 with 3 new dates – June 5 in Nantes, July 3 in Lyon and October 9 in Bordeaux.

For those who do not yet know the concept, the Startup Golf Cup is an amateur golf competition. The purpose of the event is to gather entrepreneurs, investors, large groups and institutions of the region on the green and allow them to discuss about of the startup ecosystem.

Tracker Tech4Race sur partie Startup Golf Cup

18 teams of 4 players are expected in each city. The game will take place on 18 holes in scramble, with a shotgun start. Each team will meet a local entrepreneur and discover the products and services he offers, every 3 holes.

Live tracking and scoring by Tech4Race

As last year, Tech4Race will provide real-time live tracking of all teams on the Nantes Edre golf course. This year novelty: live scoring! We have developed new features for golf allowing each participant to enter his score at the end of each hole, or every 3 holes here, via a dedicated interface. It will be possible to know where the players are on the course, follow the score of each participant and have a leaderboard updated in real time. The Startup Golf Cup will serve as a test for this service, which can be adapted to all types of golfing events (leisure, amateurs, Pro-Am, professionals) that they have dedicated scoring volunteers or not.

See you next June 5th on the golf course.