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HTC-Columbia and Google offer realtime rider data

Pro Racing Team HTC-Columbia has just announced a collaboration with google to provide realtime rider data to google applications. Where the 2009 Twas the year of the tweets for pro cycling, 2010 will be even more digitally intense with the unleashing of RoboTeam onto our system.

The Google mobile phone operating system Android with the My Tracks application is the main platform in which (using SRM) rider data such as speed, heat rate, power out put and other SRM data will be available for viewers in real time.

Will this mean that cycling fans – and media have an extra level of information to tell how long team rider Tony Martin will last on a break away, whether Mark Cavendish is powered up for the sprint finish and insider info to better predict the outcome? What about the competition, can they use the real time information to better plan their own strategy?

In any case, this detailed access to live rider data has far reaching potential for better analysing the race as it unfolds.

The following excerpt is from the Team HTC-Columbia press release:

Fans and viewers will be able to follow Team HTC-Columbia riders in real time with speed, heart rate, power output and other data provided by SRM, presented and enhanced with Google’s leading applications – Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth, Android, and My Tracks.

As the title sponsor of Team HTC-Columbia, HTC has worked closely with SRM, Google and High Road’s technical team to develop HTC Legend smartphones that operate with HTC Sense with Android? 2.1. These smartphones will collect real time racing and location information and transmit it wirelessly to Google’s servers.  The phones run Google’s mobile application ‘My Tracks’ which reads the racing data directly from the SRM sensors on the bike.   Racing information is then enhanced with Google’s leading applications and made public to all interested viewers and users via API’s made available by Google.

Google is encouraging Press, TV and web developers to take the data and build rich applications that make use of the data at this year’s Tour de France. The read only API can be accessed through the contacts listed below.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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