South Africa - GPS to Keep a 'Track' Record of Off-Road Racers

Delhi, Delhi India (PressExposure) April 06, 2007 -- Piet Swanepoel, President, Off-Road Car Racing Commission, Motorsport South Africa, explained in a statement published on March 2, 2007 by Superwheels that the maneuver of introducing a technologically advanced live tracking system had been adopted keeping safety in mind. With GPS (Global Positioning System), off-road racing in South Africa has got a cutting edge in international safety technology.

“We have been investigating the introduction of the system for two years, and peace of mind racing has been the major motivation,” Piet Swanepoel said.

“There are other major spin-offs, but safety was our biggest consideration,” he said. “By its nature, off-road racing takes competitors into remote areas where keeping track of them is almost impossible. Crews also get lost and if anyone has an accident off the course it could take hours for word to filter through to race officials.”

Piet Swanepoel added that the system is beneficial for spectators also. Cell phones will be connected to the tracking system that would provide racing information like route and other details to spectators. The tracking system will also be connected to Google Earth.

According to the RNCOS report “GPS Market Update (2006)”, global positioning system is an information technology which is an integral part of the global information infrastructure. GPS has made great contributions in the global economy over the past decade. Currently, there are over hundreds of application of GPS, varying from stand-alone operations to more intricate and embedded applications. Vehicle/freight tracking had a 16% share in the global GPS market in 2005 and the sales of GPS tracking applications jacked up by a huge 489% during 2001-2005. As per projections, the GPS tracking applications will hold a stake of 18% in total market by 2007.

The market research report puts forth the various uses of GPS (like vehicle/freight tracking, in-car navigation, surveying & mapping, asset and fleet management, space and defense) and their respective market shares. The report provides a country-wise analysis of GPS market and the future outlook of the technology in these markets. The technological side of GPS and technologies (like DGPS, and common-mode time transfer) coupled with positioning techniques and methods have been discussed in detail. The report prudently analyzes the barriers to the entry of GPS competitors together with analytical synopsis of the major players operating in the market with their financial performance.

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