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What analysts have said about tech at the Tour

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Market analysts had a live experience of the tech we deployed at the 2017 Tour. Here’s what they’ve reported … 

Ovum:
‘Applying technology live during the Tour is a highly visible way to demonstrate how it can be used to change established processes and deliver new business models as consumers' expectations change, which is a challenge shared by many traditional businesses striving to remain relevant to their customers. It is also a good way to illustrate how communication and collaboration tools can be used to enable geographically dispersed team members to work effectively. Dimension Data's investment appears to be paying off.’

Read the report:
Dimension Data brings machine learning and predictive analytics to the Tour de France

Leslie Rosenberg from IDC:
‘By 2017, the Tour de France architecture once again evolved and became more agile and streamlined. The datacentre aspect of the truck was moved to the cloud, sensors on the bicycles were enhanced, and connectivity between cyclists, helicopters, and the data truck were accelerated. The "on prem" truck resided at a finish line as a "command center" fitted out with monitors, video conferencing technology, switches, and security appliances, but without much of the hardware of previous years.’

Read the report:
Dimension Data Aligns Technology Solutions for A.S.O.'s Tour de France Becoming Lighter, Faster, and More Agile


Dave Michaels from Network World:
‘Professional sports are increasingly embracing digital technology to enhance the fan experience. This includes data-enhanced viewing, live streaming, video on demand, second-screen apps, gamification, and social media interaction. This technology is becoming a critical component of sports marketing necessary to attract fans, athletes, sponsors, and broadcasters.
To digitize the Tour de France requires overcoming some complex challenges. The sport itself doesn’t generate real-time statistics. The course is long and diverse, and the riders are independent, as in not part of a formal league.’

Read the report:
Adding an IoT dimension to the Tour de France - A look at the challenges that Dimension Data overcame to make the Tour de France an IoT showcase

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