Hemisphere GPS Debuts GateMate Alpine Ski Race Gate Tracking System
The current system used on Alpine ski courses involves manually recording gate locations using various landmarks and measuring tapes to triangulate the position of each gate. When the gates are removed to groom and clear the course, course workers use the previous measurements to place the gates in their original positions – this can take many hours. With GateMate course workers can map the gates to under 1m of their original location without the use of landmarks or measuring tapes in a fraction of the time. In a typical situation one person uses GateMate to mark the gate location and the other person places the gate. The system can also be upgraded to provide gate locations accurate to the centimeter level.
“Being part of the Olympic experience by seeing GateMate improve the efficiency and accuracy of Alpine course setup was a tremendous opportunity,” says Steven Koles, President and CEO of Hemisphere GPS. “The advantages of increased gate placement accuracy and greater efficiency in course placement can benefit Alpine race organizers at venues throughout the world.”
Hemisphere GPS’ R200 DGPS dual frequency receiver with RTK was used with GateMate at the Olympics to accurately plot gate positions, allowing the event crew to precisely recreate the course path when the gates were moved for snow grooming. Detailed course distances and elevations were logged with GateMate for technical review with the racing committees. This data was also uploaded to Google Earth for further visualization.
“GateMate increased our confidence in course setup at both the Olympic and World Cup events,” says Mike Kirker, Chief of Course for the Men’s World Cup Downhill at Lake Louise and the Olympic Alpine races at Whistler. “The benefits of using GPS and simplicity of the GateMate application have made significant improvements to course management.”
GateMate’s intuitive user interface includes a strategic gate numbering system that allows gate tracking from start to finish. GateMate enables users to pinpoint, position, and number a gate at the same time, making removal and replacement efficient and fast. GateMate can be integrated with Google Earth and set to simulate a lifelike run on the screen. The Google Earth map along with the GateMate data allows users to see the gates and entire course up close and personal.
GateMate is compatible with the XF102 DGPS receiver which tracks GPS and SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS, etc.) signals, and with the R200 Series of dual frequency DGPS receivers for use with RTK via base station or cellular.
GateMate is available through the Hemisphere GPS website and through direct sales. Please visit www.hemispheregps.com for more information on GateMate.
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