GPS Tracking Devices Allow Millions To Watch Untelevised Race Online
GPS tracking technology has brought the historic Qantas Link Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (one of biggest yacht races in Australia) into a new era.
The race will be watched by more fans than ever before, thanks to the latest in GPS tracking technology that will allow millions worldwide to watch the progress of every yacht in real time, as they battle it out across the sea.
Fans will be able to get just as involved in the race as if they were part of the crew. Users can not only view information about each yacht and its progress, they can also access analysis on a yacht’s average speed and handicap to get a running account of the expected result.
The GPS tracking device, which connects to a satellite and then reports back to the website, will display the entire race course, calculate the position of all 300 individual yachts, and allow fans to cheer on their favorite yachts right until they cross the finish line
In one of the largest ever uses of live tracking devices for a yacht race, Australian satellite communications provider Pivotel is fitting every yacht in the with a cutting-edge TracerTrak GPS transmitter. Pivotel Satellite recorded more than 15 million hits on the race tracking website last year, and that number is expected to be even higher this year.
With the race untelevised for a number of years now and the 60,000 fans who flock to the starting line on the shores of Moreton Bay each year unable to follow events once the yachts are out of sight, this further expansion of the use of satellite technology for the race is expected to be welcomed by all.
For more information on TracerTrak GPS tracking devices, please visit the TracerTrak website.