TESTING AND EVALUATION OF A TRACKING DEVICE FOR ALPINE SPORTS
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Product development (MPPDE), MSc
Wearable technology is a technology undergoing extensive development. Wearable technology is a umbrella term for technology that can be worn, providing the user with different kinds of information. In sports, this is often related to performance of athletes. This thesis is evaluating a tracking technology and whether it can be applied in an alpine environment, tracking both cross country skiers as well as down hill skiers. The technology applied in the product is a DGNSS, a differential Global Navigation Satellite System, a high accuracy positioning technology. The GNSS is using several satellite systems, providing coverage at all times. The differential part comes from the use of a accurately surveyed reference station, providing the rover with correction signals and thereby give a higher accuracy on tracking data. New Century Information approached Chalmers University of Technology with an issue on evaluating the accuracy of their technology as well as the current market. The company is two-folded between a technology company and a television broadcasting company in sports. The technology company wants information on the accuracy of the product and the television broadcasting company wants to use the product for future sports broadcasts, with the goal of using the finalized technology at the world cup in Åre 2019. The technology is to be used as a complementary information for spectators, comparing athletes choice of line, time and velocity measurements, etcetera. By approaching the Chalmers Sports & Technology, the company wished for technical assistance in introducing their product on the market. The master thesis is the final project on the master program Product Development, a master program in mechanical engineering. The delivery of the project will be an evaluation of the real-time tracking accuracy in terms of mean error and standard deviation. Along with this an analysis of the products strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, a SWOT analysis will be made in terms of what is happening on the market. To complete this, a SWOT analysis on the technical aspects of the product is also made. As the company will be making technical updates in hardware and software, the accuracy found in the tests is expected to improve tenfold. To strengthen and facilitate the development endeavors of the company, a proposition on a method for future testing is delivered.
Livsvetenskaper , Grundläggande vetenskaper , Hållbar utveckling , Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande) , Annan humaniora , Life Science , Basic Sciences , Sustainable Development , Innovation & Entrepreneurship , Other Humanities