Early in the project the team identified a key enabler: the ability to track horses in live races. Tracking would allow ranking (plus other interesting derivatives e.g. speed, acceleration, stride count, etc) to be relayed live to fans via mobile, tablet and TV. Even better, given PMU’s involvement in both the racing and betting, tracking would make it possible for viewers to see a personalised view of racing i.e. with their chosen horses’ ranking shown in real time.
No suitable tracker (i.e. small, light and accurate enough) was available on the open-market so the BeTomorrow team set about designing and building one – plus the associated suite of mobile, tablet and TV tools. This work is ongoing but so far progress has been encouraging.
The final tracker will employ a proprietary blend of technologies including GPS (RTK), inertial navigation coupled with software smoothing algorithms. This solution will need to work reliably in a very congested radio environment, so proprietary communication protocols are also being developed. Lastly the human systems and processes are a big focus, in order to ensure the final solution can be quickly and reliably deployed throughout France and beyond.