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Discussion: O tracking set up

in: Orienteering; General

Jul 21, 2017 8:02 PM # 
Say hypothetically I wanted to get the whole GPS tracking thing and livestream some races. What would be the best approach, implemented soon? Could we rent from IOF? What cost?
Jul 21, 2017 8:36 PM # 
Probably not exactly what you're asking for but one possibility is Livelox, where users can use their phones (Livelox iPhone app, Livelox Android app) as the gps tracking devices for live tracking that is viewable on the web.
Jul 21, 2017 8:37 PM # 
We tried to do this for the Tahoe Ski-O World Cup races in 2011. At that point, the only hardware that supported the US cell bands was tractrac, and their hardware and software was a disaster.
All the European and IOF events are done by GPS Seuranta Their hardware at that time did not support the correct gsm bands so would not work in the US. Additionally you need SIM cards for every tracker. Costs for just the Ski-O events for a week were $1000+
Jul 21, 2017 8:53 PM # 
Racejoy looks like interesting technology currently used for running races that is real-time and smart phone-based; it looks like it would require runners to carry a phone:

Runnertracker looks like a product in development:

Racemap also seems to be an option:

Maybe this guy, too:

Track the Race looks like it might have independent devices, not smart phones:

TracTrac (I'm going to stop writing descriptions) - has orienteering on its website:
Jul 21, 2017 10:16 PM # 
Florida Orienteering uses Livelox
Of cours it is dependent on racers having and using Smartphones for this purpose. Thy are getting a little under 20% take up but the results/ displays of those that use it are pretty impressive.
See here
Jul 22, 2017 12:56 PM # 
I asked Jagge about this because he's been developing a software for this at low-key events. Here's his response:
Jul 22, 2017 4:39 PM # 
I have developed a solution that works with mobile browser for the tracker.
For now it is free.
For the organizer: You login, you create your event, add the map and calibrate it. add the competitors.
For the competitor: you open the tracker in a mobile browser select who you are, enter a code given by the organizer and start streaming your GPS data.

No need for app, work android and iphone.

The source code is on github

I am planing to add couple of feature like gpx upload/download and maybe private event but things should work as it is now.
Jul 22, 2017 9:07 PM # 
None of this addresses the fundamental problem with bringing your $600+ device orienteering -- and I'm mostly referring to loss, not damage.
Jul 22, 2017 11:15 PM # 
Not as big a deal if you're just carrying it and aren't using it. You can wrap it up in bubble wrap and carry it in a fanny pack, and it's not clear how that would get lost. Also, for Barb's application, we're presumably talking about kids, who, let's face it, are probably going to have their phones with them anyway because they're more tightly bound to them than people are to their daemons in The Golden Compass.
Jul 23, 2017 2:24 AM # 
Also you don't have to carry your main +600$ phone. A cheap 75$ android phone will do with the cheapest prepaid data packet (that goes to less than 10$ in finland). The price of a dedicated tracker will be close and will also need the data plan
Jul 23, 2017 8:22 AM # 
University paid $60000 for GPS trackers for soccer team:

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