For the first time the 2014 Absa Cape Epic
will have live tracking and monitoring of the 600 rider teams over the entire 8-day stage race. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Tracker Business, a fleet management and vehicle recovery solutions company, will deploy specially-developed lightweight tracking devices that deliver live rider information, such as speed and location. Tracker will also provide emergency and logistics vehicle tracking and intelligence for the duration of the race.
Organizers of the Absa Cape Epic will work closely with Tracker, emergency medical services (EMS) and support teams to further enhance the safety of the riders and increase the interactivity between family and friends following the progress of rider teams.
A 2.8 ounce tracker unit
Weighing in at a claimed 2.8 ounces, the device is purpose-built to be lightweight and small, but not compromise on performance and fits neatly in the back pouch of one member of each team’s jersey. Among the many features is an SOS assist button that, when activated, results in an emergency response team dispatch to the exact location of the rider in need. Another unique feature - inspired by Tracker Business’s vehicle tracking service – is triggered notifications at specific geo-fenced areas on the route, to let race organisers know when riders pass a specific point.
Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
Fans will also be able to log in to a web application to view the current location of any rider anywhere along the route.