Friday, January 04, 2013

High-tech system to be tested in Abu Dhabi race - Full Article

Move expected to ensure fairness, transparency in endurance horseracing

By M. Satya Narayan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor
Published: 17:20 January 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi: A new electronic timing system for endurance rides will be tested over the next two days at the Emirates International Endurance Village.

While organisers around the world adopt different methods to monitor and stage a ride, which can vary from distances of 40km up to 240km spread over three days, the UAE has always been at the forefront of adopting the latest electronic timing systems.

The Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba will use an “improved” system from Saheel Soft for today’s 80km and tomorrow’s 120km event.

Explaining the salient features of the system to Gulf News, Charbel Akkari, the man behind the new system, said, “This system has quite a few advantages. [All at once] the system can handle a multi-race, multi-day, multi-division [event] while also giving separate information at any given time about the position in both an individual as well as a team rider...”

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