Interactive map announced by mapIT for Johannesburg’s 94.7 cycle challenge

Digital mapmaker mapIT yesterday, along with media firm Primedia and Altech Netstar, vehicle tracking and recovery specialist, announced the launch of the online Interactive Map, Route Maps, Race Profiles and Mobi Site for The 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge slated for later this month in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The announcement means that entrants to the race will be able to view the gradient of the route and thus be able to prepare for the race using the mapIT Route Maps and Race Profiles.

The service with the interactive map can be accessed at 947.mapservice.co.za/ and contains race routes, live tracking of charities, points of interest as well as road closures, which will enable race participants to plan their movements and meeting points for the day.

Also, the service will enable supporters to navigate to their meeting spots, around road closures with the help of the Mobi Site which will also provide the real time tracking of the cyclists ‘Riding for a Purpose’.

mapIT’s managing director Etienne Louw said: “We are pleased to be backing this race for the fourth year running. It is without a doubt one of Johannesburg’s major sporting events and mapIT is proud to be able to provide a service which supports both the public and organisers as they navigate through and around the route on the day.”

The race marshals, organisers and safety crew will also plan their operations based on this mapping and tracking technology.

Louw added that the Interactive Map also acts as a great tool for the rest of Johannesburg’s citizens. Those who are not involved in the race will be able to find their way without being affected by the event by navigation around the road closures, hassle free, from any connected device.

Harry Louw, managing director of Altech Netstar, said “Altech Netstar will be providing real time live traffic information to race organisers and 94.7 listeners throughout the day. We are also delighted to be providing the units and technology to facilitate the tracking of all the participants supporting charities by riding to raise funds and awareness for their various worthy causes,”

Summary of features:

-Medical and refreshment points along the route;

-A route profile of the route in elevation indicating inclines and declines and additional route information;

-Kilometre spaced distance markers;

-An alternate re-routing tool that competitors, spectators and residents can use to avoid road closures;

-A rotatable 360 degree ‘SiteSee’ preview of key stages of the route environment;

-The map is available the Momentum 94.7 website, Cyclechallenge.co.za or directly 947.mapservice.co.za;

-Live Tracking of ‘Smile Foundation’ riders, available at Smilefoundation.mapit.co.za/

The 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge race takes place on November 18, 2012 and features a route through the streets of Johannesburg.

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