July 24, 2002, Webraska, a provider of location-based services (LBS) and telematics applications and enabling platforms is providing the core geospatial and mapping technologies for the BIKE TransAlp Challenge 2002 (July 20-27, 2002). The geospatial platform is used in the m.traction Resource Control solution, the Mobile Tracking Service offered by Siemens mobile, one of the sponsors of the event.
The route of the BIKE TransAlp Challenge extends through the western part of the central Alps. Siemens’ mobile data service uses a combination of GPS and GSM technologies. A total of seven teams have been provided with the relevant devices (Siemens GPService Pilot and M50). The particular position of the racer can be pinpointed via satellite at regular intervals with a precision of 10 metres, and relayed to a central server. From this server, the location of the teams can be displayed on a zoomable, scalable map via a web interface.
Standard browsers and zoom functions enable the entire route from Mittenwald to Riva del Garda to be shown on the screen. The tracking covers the lead and tail motorbikes, competitors, doctors, rescue teams and a TV vehicle. For mobile internet access, the organizers and the TV team will use Siemens mobile products – the Siemens SL4 cordlessweb pad, and the new Siemens M50 mobile phone, which connects to the internet via GPRS, thus permitting fast access to mobile data services.
A more detailed description of the BIKE TransAlp challenge and access to the tracking interface is available on https://www.transalp.upsolutmv.com/en/news/ and https://www.my-siemens.com/mtb.