Each of the 31 teams taking part in the race carried the latest Yellowbrick tracker, the v3, enabling updates to be relayed every 15 minutes via the Iridium Satellite System and displayed online via the race viewer on the event’s website. With this simple-to-use online map, spectators were able to follow each team’s progress in close detail and real-time position updates. In addition, some checkpoints around the course were also supplied with Yellowbricks to send back short messages to HQ, as there was no form of mobile phone coverage or radio signal available over a large area of pristine wilderness.
Commenting on the use of Yellowbrick trackers to follow the GODZone Adventure, race organiser Warren Bates said, “We chose the Yellowbrick tracking devices because the course had practically no cellular coverage and because Yellowbricks work using the Iridium Satellite System, constant coverage was guaranteed. The trackers have been through some of the most difficult terrain on earth and have not missed a beat, providing a constant safety check as teams passed through dense forests and through deep gorges – traditionally very difficult locations for good satellite communications.
“The Yellowbrick tracking devices provided reliable and regular updates, which brought the GODZone Adventure Race to life and directly in to the homes of supporters. This way of monitoring the progress of the race was hugely popular with thousands of people checking in to the tracker website to follow their favourite teams.
“The GODZone Adventure is the first event in a series we will be bringing to New Zealand over the coming years and we look forward to continuing to work with Yellowbrick.”
The GODZone Adventure took place between 07 – 14 April 2012 with 31 teams of four competing from Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. The race started and finished in Queenstown and covered 500km with disciplines including navigation, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and fixed ropes. The overall winners were team Seagate from New Zealand.
Yellowbrick tracking devices enable supporters to follow real-time position progress of individuals taking part in adventurous treks and many other ventures in to areas where conventional communication devices will not work. Yellowbrick 3 is available in four different contract options; basic, standard, professional and corporate, with a staged pricing structure offered according to the level of functionality chosen. Multiple units can be used for Professional and Corporate accounts.
Further information regarding Yellowbrick can be found at www.yellowbrick-