French technology company helps enhance fan experience and athlete safety at Hawaii’s premier paddleboard race.
Competitors in the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O) will be outfitted with a small GPS tracking device powered by French technology company DotVision. In this first year of testing, the tracking devices will be placed on athletes’ escort boats, allowing race fans, support teams and race officials to track athletes as they cross the 32-mile Ka’iwi Channel (Moloka’i Channel) in real-time online and from mobile devices. M2O organizers look forward to placing the technology directly on competitors’ paddleboards in 2015.
Check out this video to see DotVision in action.
“The team at DotVision understand the logistics and demands of the Ka’iwi Channel and are keen to support the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships,” said the event’s producer Shannon Delaney. “We are always working to enhance safety for the paddlers, improve the fan experience and broaden the sport’s audience. This technology helps us accomplish those goals.”
All trackers will be associated with the name and number of each athlete and/or team, which will display on the live feed.
“We have been involved in live sport tracking solutions for more than five years, developing user-friendly experiences in outdoor sports,” said DotVision founder Guillaume Pelletier. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to collaborate with a prestigious event like the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships and showcase our brand at the world’s premier paddleboard race. We are honored to be working with the M2O team and look forward to this being the start of a long and successful relationship.”
In 2015, DotVision will launch a new tracker generation moving from Live GPS tracking to Live Motion.
On race day the DotVision technology will complement live updates through Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus (all at Molokai2Oahu) and Live Race Results at Molokai2Oahu.com.
About DotVision’s Technology
DotVision provides real time, user-friendly tracking to accurately and continuously determine each athlete’s geographic position on the Moloka’i Channel. The technology provides increased visibility to the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships by broadcasting the race over the internet and smartphones with comprehensive apps created to enhance the experience for fans globally. Online viewers can take advantage of the replay feature during and after the event. Athletes can share their race with friends and family, and then analyze their post-race results. The tracking units are small, waterproof and have a 12-hour battery life. For more information: motion.dotvision.com, facebook.com/DotVisionMotion.
About the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager
The 18th edition of the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set for Sunday, July 27, 2014. Founded in 1997, M2O has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards and watermen of O’ahu to the premiere event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of prone (traditional) and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Connecting the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu, the 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel, also known as the Moloka’i Channel. Men and women from more than 20 countries will face strong currents as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Top athletes can complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that can crest more than 12 feet and carry paddlers hundreds of meters at a time. M2O starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu. The annual race is a deeply personal experience, challenging every paddler’s physical and mental endurance. Every finisher experiences an individual championship.