How Orange is enhancing connectivity at Tour de France

Telecom service provider Orange is supporting Tour de France by supplying innovative technologies and connectivity.

Tour de France cycling event will be held from 4 – 26 July. Orange is one of the partners of the global cycling event.

Orange will deploy connected devices for healthcare and well-being to enhance performance. A sports coach will demonstrate the connected devices for cycling and other sports in general.

The D-shirt measures your heart rate, speed, distance and pedalling rate, while a connected bicycle pedal will measure your movement and performance and there will be a connected watch and weather station. There will also be eight official cars and three Orange cars equipped with the Airbox Auto allowing car passengers to connect via Wi-Fi while on the move.
Fans can access all the news, videos, etc. about the Tour de France on PC, mobile and tablet. Orange is offering a multi-platform system for cycling lovers to follow the stages of the Tour live from their computer on the Orange website. Orange is releasing the official Tour de France 2015 application for iOS and Android devices.

Orange has set up a solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspot using Orange’s Femtocell to strengthen the local mobile signal. Orange is also providing Wi-Fi coverage in each starting village by deploying around twelve aerials and equipment that can provide the equivalent of 20 Mbit/s.

The telecom service provider said three racers will be fitted with a camera and microphone to allow reporters in the press room to interview them live and by videoconference upon arrival. Orange said there will be a 10 Gb fiber optical Ethernet link along the 140 km between Alpe d’Huez and the Grenoble-Saint-Geoirs airport to broadcast the race on television live.

Orange will install a new fiber optical network in all of the arrival towns with eight dedicated Wi-Fi networks. Professionals will have access to upload and download speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s, allowing simultaneous usage. High-definition videoconferencing will have speeds of 20 Mbit/s linking the interview bus at the finish line to the press room.

The installation of Livebox Play in the press room and technical facilities will have download speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s – 10 times faster than ADSL.

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