With the Tour de France 2021 set to roll out this weekend, this 12 months’s race appears to be like set to be probably the most interactive ever because of a number of recent experiences and companies designed to assist followers get (nearly) nearer to the motion.
This weekend sees the 108th version of the world’s largest biking occasion begin in Brittany, within the north-west of France, with 184 riders travelling 3300km over the course of the subsequent three weeks.
After a 12 months wherein followers have been starved of in-person motion, and with an anticipated world tv viewers numbering within the tons of of thousands and thousands, this 12 months’s Tour is trying to make the most of massive knowledge like by no means earlier than to supply followers an entire new view of the race.
NTT, the official know-how companion to race organizers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) since 2015, will as soon as once more look to supply broadcasters, digital channels and followers a wealth of real-time knowledge on the race.
Utilizing small sensors mounted beneath the saddle (pictured under), NTT is ready to present real-time knowledge on velocity and GPS location of every rider within the race each 400 milliseconds.
This knowledge is transmitted utilizing a transferring mesh-network by way of gateways on the tv motorbikes, helicopters and plane, the place it’s multiplexed with the published video and transmitted to NTT’s personal “Massive Information Truck”.
Right here, the information is augmented on the NTT cloud platform with 53 calculated attributes comparable to course gradient, climate knowledge, group calculations, and time gaps with the intention to provide followers and broadcasters alike the important thing data they should keep updated with the race.
To complement this, NTT has revealed that in 2021 it’s making a ‘digital twin’ of the race utilizing IoT sensors, edge compute and networks alongside its personal platforms and mapped towards a geo-location mannequin of every stage of the Tour. It will allow real-time visibility of key places and belongings, COVID-19 contact tracing and in-the-moment updates of caravan and race arrival occasions.
The corporate notes that the race is successfully the world’s largest related stadium, albeit one which strikes round France every single day for 3 weeks, together with savage mountain terrain within the Alps and the Pyrenees. It says making a digital twin will provide detailed visualizations of the race because it occurs, in addition to bettering digital experiences such because the ASO’s reside Race Heart tracker system for followers.
“Yearly we’ve got been in a position to take the know-how to the subsequent degree, this 12 months we’re creating what is basically a digital twin of the occasion,” notes Peter Grey, Senior Vice President, Superior Know-how Group, Sport at NTT Ltd. “It’s a extremely dynamic and altering setting that requires rapid entry to data to make sure steady and clean operations, leading to extra knowledgeable and engaged followers.”
“Know-how performs a significant half in serving to us innovate on the velocity followers anticipate from their cell and cloud-based purposes, all of the whereas offering occasion insights, wealthy analytics and clever digital options,” added Yann Le Moenner, Chief Govt, ASO.
“Since 2015, we’ve introduced an entire host of digital enhancements to the occasion to create the most effective ‘related fan’ expertise. This 12 months isn’t any totally different, delivering a data-driven expertise throughout any gadget, wherever you might be on the earth.”