Tag: IoT

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! 🙂

IoT Awards

Tech4Race, winner of the 2018 IoT Awards in the Compliant category

“Don’t stop me now” as Freddy Mercury said. After Barcelona and the IoT Innovation World Cup, we went to the IoT World / M2M and connected objects exhibition in Paris on March 21st. Winner of the IoT Awards in the Compliant category, we were invited to the award ceremony during the exhibition.

The IoT Awards reward ”outstanding” IoT projects by a jury composed of connected objects professionals (lawyers, journalists, professors, technological and sector specialists, etc.). The candidates are separated according to a scoring grid comprising around thirty criteria around the use, the techno, its application, its financing and its impact. Five projects, including Tech4Race, were rewarded in the “Innovative”, “Ambitious”, “Hi-Tech”, “Compliant” and “Jury Prize” categories.

Projets récompensés aux Iot Awards
©IoT Awards / Media dell’Arte

This award recognizes our efforts to address legal and legislative issues with the help of Avoxa and KPMG, and our desire to have a technically certified product (LoRa Alliance, Objenious).

Thank you to the jury for this award and to you for your kind words!

La Rennaise, expérimentation InOut

Trail “La Rennaise” tracked in real time by Tech4Race as part of the In Out event

La Rennaise, one of the oldest trail running race in the city of Rennes (Britanny – France), will take place at Parc des Gayeulles on March 17 and 18, for its traditional early spring races. Organized by the sports club of the city, the event offers 5 races, from 7.5 to 15km. The bravest can participate in the “Challenge V & B”, the novelty of the 2018 edition, a night-time 10 km on March 17th and a 15 km on the 18th in the morning.

As part of the InOut event on digital mobility solutions, organized by the city of Rennes this same weekend, the V&B Challenge of “La Rennaise” will be the subject of an experiment to highlight the use of new technologies in the field of sport and mobility. Participants will be equipped with our GPS tracker. A great opportunity to associate the citizens with the startup projects in their city and, for us to demonstrate the advantages of the LoRaWan network, which is at the heart of our innovation.

The link to the live tracking interface of the challenge will be communicated soon on the Facebook page of La Rennaise and ours. Stay tuned!

About InOut

The InOut event, organized by the city of Rennes – France, aims to highlight the use of digital in the mobility of tomorrow. A two-faceted event with a business-oriented IN component, to debate in the context of conferences and keynotes coupled with an OUT component, aimed at the citizens, to experiment and test the solutions of entrepreneurs and initiators of innovations on digital mobility.