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Motorsport to Marine: America’s Cup opts for Motorsport Biometrics

11 Apr 2017

Yellowcog’s Pilot™ biometric monitoring systems find a new home outside of motorsport and are to be used throughout the 35th America’s Cup. Yellowcog technology will monitor both crew physiology and the extreme physical workload the crew are performing. All the crew, on all the yachts, will be monitored and the information distributed as part of live TV broadcasts, highlights and from the America’s Cup app.

The America’s Cup yacht crews will be monitored for heart rate, breathing, body temperature, g-forces, calorie burn, exertion and stress levels. On the yacht, yellowcog will provide data from all of the grinding positions to show how much work is put in.

The system will use a combination of wireless technologies to simultaneously collect data from all the crew as well as allowing crew changes without needing to reconfigure the system. The data is output to the off-yacht media stream as well as being made available to the teams via a separate link. Each yacht will have yellowcog’s Pilot™ mounted on the aft media post which gives it complete wireless coverage of an entire yacht. The Pilot™ devices have built-in security to ensure that all competitors are given a controlled set-up and that no one gains an unfair advantage.

Pilot™ was originally designed for motorsport driver monitoring but has moved into other areas; from cycling to educational TV programmes. There are many parallels between motorsport and top-tier yacht racing, with the same requirements for electronics to be lightweight, robust and flexible. It is little known outside motorsport that its skills are so often needed in other industries and sports. Many yachts run data logging and analysis systems that are designed for motorsport; motorsport systems are used to monitor and control many aspects of yachts.

The 35th America's Cup runs from 26th May - 27th June 2017 and will use yellowcog’s Pilot™ system throughout.

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