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Movistar incorporates the Internet of Things to its cycling teams

A small device that will be incorporated into each bicycle, helmet or jersey, will allow the experts of the team to follow up in real time the departures to train their cyclists

According to EFE news agency, Movistar will incorporate from the next season devices of Internet of Things to your cycling teams, both the men's UCI World Tour category and the new women's team, with which it will improve the follow-up of the trainings.

This new innovation will join the work with massive data technologies (Big Data) that began to make the Spanish cycling team through the unit 'Luca' of Telefónica.

A 'tracker', a small device that is will incorporate to each bicycle, helmet or jersey, It will allow the experts of the team to follow up in real time the departures to train their cyclists with the advantages involved in safety.

Sandra Fernández, head of Telefónica's Internet of Things strategy, explained during the presentation of the equipment this week at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid that this new technology is based on "putting sensors on any type of object" to later use them with different purposes.

“The uses are focused on sensorizing the equipment to take an inventory of everything, but also the rest of the team, who will be able to interact in real time,” confesses Sandra.

The use of the technology is completed with fleet management of the cars that accompany the Movistar team (eight cars, two trucks and two buses) to track the hours of driving, journeys or possible necessary revisions.

All this information will be stored in the servers of the 'cloud' of Telefónica.

The team will also implement unified communications solutions in the 'cloud', which will allow all technical equipment, brokers, suppliers and sponsors to co Work from any device, accessing any data in an immediate and secure way.

Mikel Zabala, a physical trainer linked to Movistar's R&D, confesses that the data obtained through all these technological innovations "is very useful" and its usefulness is seen when "results are perceived and behaviors are modified."

“The challenge now is to integrate as many variables as physiological or power data. When you integrate them with meteorology, layout or positioning in the race, then you have results. We believe that data-based decisions are present and future," said Zabala.

The Movistar team is the second most-followed cycling team in the world, with nearly a million and a half followers on its different social networks, and will launch a new website on January's next 1.

Photo: movistarTeam

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