In sports, optimal readiness of the athlete before and during the game or race is key to success. BioRICS, in co-operation with GetSpeed GmbH , has developed a stress monitoring system for race car drivers.
By showing stress levels in real-time, driving performance as well as driving safety increase, for example between 2 consecutive races (mental and physical condition), in critical moments (when the weather changes, in critical situations of attack or defense), at certain parts of the track (only one lane) or all along the race (fatigue).
Click in this picture to watch stress level monitoring in real-time at crucial moments in the race.
The equipment contains smartphones and heart rate belts to measure 5 drivers
The knowledge of stress level is important to take relevant decisions before and during racing, such as when to change driver, how long the stint should be or which training is required.
This equipment box contains smartphones and heart rate belts to measure 5 drivers
For the measurements on the driver, wearable technology (heart rate belt or watch and smartphone) is used, together with advanced software for the data analysis. The variables measured are heart rate, body movement and temperature. As the car is a moving structure, also the car movements are taken into account.
Thanks to this unique tool, the driver’s individual stressors can be addressed. He learns to acquire a safer & more secure driving behaviour which results in safer driving and better performance on the racetrack.
Today, 2 products are available for the racing world:
1. The SLM@RACING PRO product for PROFESSIONAL TEAMS
The product consists of a measurement box for 5 drivers which includes a tablet that gives real-time feedback on the driver’s focus level DURING THE RACE. Via radio communication, the driver can be warned and advice given before accidents occur in case the driver is staying for too long in a dangerous zone (distressed or distracted zone). This product was intensively tested and evidence created with the GetSpeed team in the VLN racing season of 2015.
2. The SLM@RACING VIDEO product for teams who have a Race Navigator
The product adds the stress level of the driver into the Race Navigator. This is an interesting tool for coaches who use the information of stress level together with the video images to train young drivers. The measurement equipment is available to either monitor 1 driver (small box) or a team of 4-5 drivers.
If this system is linked to a broadcasting system, it can be used to entertain fans and large audiences, making the racing competition experience for the spectator even more exciting!
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