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Dimension Data to provide big data analytics for Tour De France

Solutions provider builds sensor-fed platform for generation of live rider-stats

Dimension Data to provide big data analytics for Tour De France
Dawson: We’ll be [the tournament’s] ‘Technical Tour de Force’.

Analytics specialist Dimension Data today announced it will provide "big data analytics and digital delivery platform" for the 2015 Tour de France cycling tournament, which begins on Saturday.

During the tournament, sensors under the saddles of each rider will transmit live data to the platform, allowing an in-depth view of the action for fans and media commentators.

The solution was delivered in collaboration with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) in partnership with the 22 teams participating in the competition.

The platform will follow 198 riders in real time, tracking speed, contestant position, and the distance between each rider. The results will be published on a public website.

During testing, carried out from 7 to 14 June at the Critérium du Dauphiné race in France, Dimension Data was able to clock one cyclist travelling at 104kph.

"This type of data has not been available in the past," said Dimension Data executive chairman Jeremy Ord. "Until now it was difficult to understand what was happening outside of what could be shown on the live television coverage."

According to Dimension Data, riders will generate 42,000 geospatial points and 75m GPS readings. The live tracking website is built to support 17m viewers and 2000 page requests per second.  Data on riders will be processed in Dimension Data's cloud platform across five continents consuming over 350m CPU cycles per second.

"Dimension Data is bringing a new level of technical capability to the Tour de France in areas that will transform the technology landscape, including Internet of Things, real-time big data analytics, elastic cloud infrastructure, contemporary digital platforms, advanced collaboration technologies, and agile development practices," said Brett Dawson, Group CEO, Dimension Data. "We'll be their ‘Technical Tour de Force'."

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