SmarTracks sensor technology offers sophisticated, precise, and convenient data monitoring for training and performance diagnostics.

In recent years, more sports facilities around the world have been integrating a revolutionary type of sensor technology into their oval tracks. This system, developed by Humotion, is called SmarTracks. Humotion is a company based in Münster, Germany which specializes in monitoring systems for various applications in medicine, sports, science, and other industries. Since 2012, Humotion has been providing athletes and trainers with the SmarTracks performance diagnostics tool.

Clinton Kingsley Bautista, member of the Philippine National Track and Field Team, tests the SmarTracks system at the PhilSports Complex (formerly called ULTRA) in Pasig City, on January 29, 2019.

SmarTracks is a state-of-the-art system which instantaneously collects motion data for fully automated analysis. Magnetic timing gates are quickly installed, either in a temporary mobile setup or permanently built into a Polytan synthetic sport surface. Athletes only have to wear a sensor belt and move through the magnetic timing gates during training activities. Real-time data is gathered then automatically analyzed by software for easy interpretation.

Johannes Rosenmöller, CEO of Humotion, shows Rohsaan Griffin, Sprint and Hurdles Coach, how quick it is to set up the SmarTracks mobile magnetic timing gates.

Humotion’s SmarTracks equipment is user-friendly and simple to install. The devices are also weatherproof, vandal-proof, robust, and suitable for daily use. Any number of magnetic timing gates can be positioned at chosen intervals to track progress through certain splits and distances. These gates read the sensor belts as they pass through, and are more precise compared to light timing gates, which can be prone to error due to false signals (such as hands and arms) and extra processing (like software-reliant corrections).

SmarTracks mobile timing gates and wearable sensor belts are convenient, versatile, and easy to transport for a wide variety of applications.

The data analysis is fully automated and presented in an organized, straightforward manner. A report is swiftly generated that quantitatively describes an athlete’s speed, acceleration, and stride length according to set distances and specific splits. Once installed, the SmarTracks system can afford precise measurements at all times and in all weather conditions, to an unlimited extent.

Philippine National Team member Michael Carlo Del Prado sprints towards the SmarTracks magnetic timing gates.

Additional graphic visualizations also reveal key details, such as posture, motion profile, biomechanical nuances, patterns, and subtle behaviors. Other observations of musculoskeletal imbalance can provide early warnings, preventing risk of injury. Humotion’s exciting SmarTracks technology allows athletes, trainers, and coaches to monitor performance, test baselines, and meet specific goals via a convenient, scientific approach driven by hard data.

Maureen Schrijvers takes a SmarTracks sensor belt through its paces during the demonstration, after recovering from a sports injury.

As of December 2018, Humotion has integrated SmarTracks technology into 30 tracks around the world, with 50 more facilities planned for 2019. The countries with sports complexes that are either using or ordering the system include the US, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Tonga, Hong Kong, and more.

Professional athlete Francis Medina prepares for a sprint, wearing the SmarTracks sensor belt.

Humotion developed SmarTracks to eliminate the need for traditional time-keeping, manual record-keeping, various instruments, and troublesome equipment. The fully automated report is easy to understand and interpret, without extra staff such as sports scientists and data analysts. In addition, the system can be used for a wide variety of applications and activities, not limited to track and field sports or even human subjects.

Humotion CEO Johannes Rosenmöller demonstrates SmarTracks’ fully automated data analysis for Coach Rohsaan Griffin.

SmarTracks is quickly transforming the ease and accessibility of data-driven science for training and performance diagnostics. Humotion’s innovative sensor technology is proving invaluable in helping athletes around the world unlock their potentials and achieve greater competitiveness on the global stage.

“It is important to note that SmartTracks is a training tool and not an official time recording tool. The data it generates can be powerful enough to make give an athlete that edge to win a competition he/or she is training for,” E-sports International Managing Director Audris Romualdez explains. “The more gates you have installed, the more precise data you can generate.  A good coach can take that data and use it to any athlete’s advantage.”

E-Sports International is the exclusive distributor of Polytan synthetic sports surfaces in the Philippines, the brand that is exclusively partnered with Humotion Technologies which created the SmartTracks technology.

Contact us today for more information on how Humotion’s SmarTracks system can greatly benefit your sports facilities, athletes, trainers, and coaches.

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Images are provided by E-Sports International, Inc.

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