InspireX, a group of 35 companies within the Cronos Group, specializes in guiding customers through digital transformation initiatives. Leveraging a wide variety of Microsoft technologies, InspireX operates across all industries, with a focus on healthcare, sports, and life sciences.
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Riding on the cloud
The Belgian national bicycle racing team was looking for a new way to improve their race results. They knew that in order to gain a competitive edge, taking advantage of emerging IoT technologies was essential to monitor and understand its riders and enable coaches to take actionable steps. By applying analytics to sensor data collected during training and competition, the team hoped to improve how its riders conserved energy and decrease their competition times.
However, gathering and analyzing data in real-time seemed to require a costly investment in technical infrastructure for each rider. Initially, the sheer number of different sensors and systems involved made it difficult for the team to efficiently track and manage all the necessary data. To streamline the data collection and analysis process, Belgian Cycling looked for a new solution that could help the team in competition without incurring too many expenses.
A complete solution for athletes
Belgian Cycling began working with InspireX due to its background in athletics-focused Data and AI systems. InspireX evaluated the needs of the team and began implementing a solution called ‘In The Race’ (ITR). In The Race is an Azure-based athlete management platform that allows teams to gather and analyze data in real-time in order to provide riders with direct feedback from coaches throughout a race.
While developing ITR, InspireX looked to the platforms used in Formula One racing as guidance, using sensors to collect and analyze data at the highest level possible.
To start, Belgian Cycling used ITR focused on increasing the efficiency of riders as they climbed large hills. By benchmarking against a rider’s historical data, InspireX programmed an algorithm that helped identify and manage specific riders’ energy outputs. As the rider climbed a hill, a coach was able to communicate when to speed up or slow down in order to mitigate against unnecessary losses of energy that could hurt them as the race progressed.