This major innovation was made possible by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) in partnership with the 22 teams participating in the 2015 Tour de France. Highly accurate data will be collected through the use of live trackers under the saddle of each rider.
Fans will be able to select their favourite rider to follow and monitor the race on their phone or tablet while they watch it live on the television. The live tracking website is built to support 17 million viewers and 2000 page requests per second.
When the Tour de France begins on Saturday, the global viewing public will be able to follow all 198 riders in real-time, tracking the speed at which each cyclist is riding and exactly where he’s positioned in the race, all via a beta live tracking website.
Dimension Data’s executive chairman, Jeremy Ord, said, ‘The technology will allow cycling fans to follow the race in ways they’ve never been able to before.’
The real time analytics solution will take the data provided by a third party geo localisation transmission component, undertake data cleansing and analysis, and provide access to this data as both a real time data stream, and a historical archive.