100% coverage of WOC 2017: April Fools

Posted on | April 1, 2017 | Category: News

The IOF and the Estonian Orienteering Federation have signed a contract with the local wildlife authorities to borrow 10 000 wildlife motion sensor cameras.

– With this new technology we will be able to cover the whole forest throughout the competitions, as a complement to the TV controls, says Malin Fuhr, IOF Communication Officer. This is a totally new way of covering the athletes on their way through the forest.

Luckily, an extensive wildlife preservation study just ended in the Estonian Soomaa National Park, and all cameras are now free for IOF use. Wildlife preservation Manager, Eino Jookee, at the Soomaa Nature Centre, says this is also an opportunity for them to test the technology and the picture management capabilities for later use during the big bird migration period in mid-September 2017.

It will of course be a challenge to manage all the pictures, but these new wildlife cameras wire the photos directly to a server, which will display them in real time on LIVEOrienteering.com.

WOC 2017 Event Director, Markus Puusepp, is happy to be part of this project, after he got to know about the study in Soomaa a year ago:
– I’m glad to be part of this test and hopefully this can make the competitions more enjoyable for all orienteering fans watching WOC live.

David Rosen, IOF Rules commission chair adds that there are some issues that need to be solved quickly, and will be discussed at the Madrid Council meeting this weekend:

  • Does the use of cameras violate the Athletes’ Personal Integrity?
  • The motion sensor cameras are triggered by motion and colour changes in the surroundings. The use of these cameras in Soomaa has shown that green colour will not trigger the cameras. The IOF will need to develop a new clothing guide that restricts the use of green athlete clothing.
  • The flashlights from the cameras might be a hazard for the athletes, as they could get temporarily blinded
  • The configuration of the units must be tested on at least two WRE competitions to test the trigger sensitivity and flash light brightness

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Note: As much as this idea excites us, it is unfortunately no more than wishful thinking at this point. 

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