Sölden, the first stage in the FIS World Cup, is always the occasion for those involved in the world of alpine skiing to announce exciting news that will mark the season. This year, Longines is leading the way as it gets ready to unveil a major advance in timekeeping technology and data handling for alpine skiing. This great stride will be officially inaugurated during the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz.
This technological innovation consists of a chip attached to the skier’s boot, equipped with a radar and motion sensors. The sensors will enable the real-time and continuous measurement of the athlete’s speed, acceleration and deceleration, the time it takes to reach 100km/h and an analysis of jumps. This data will be presented in the form of TV graphics to viewers at home, to the spectators attending the competitions and to the athletes themselves. The data will indeed help athletes analyse their performances with ever-increasing precision.