CSIRO has been tracking the new GreenEDGE road cycling team during their training camp at the AIS and Thredbo and improving live tracking technology as they train.

Rides were tracked in Canberra and Thredbo. Today the team rode to Parliament and the  Minister for Sport Mark Arbib rode along with the team and we got the opportunity to track him.

Live tracking technology can provide detailed information to a race audience and if a whole field is tracked, offers the potential for live web telecasts of races.

Tracking during training provides feedback to coaches to enable them to analyse performance while training is taking place.

Using an amalgam of technologies including Google My Tracks, Map My Tracks, our own CSIRO Android app and wireless sensors, we can provide cyclist position, speed, heart rate, power and cadence.

“In future we’ll be using sensors to monitor other aspects critical to human performance in sport and medicine. Its all part of connecting advanced materials with ICT’s ‘internet of things’ and ‘cloud’ to realise our best,”  CSIRO research Dr Richard Helmer said.