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case study cities across five continents in order to build and test the solution. The ability to know where the riders are at any point in time during the race, the composition of the peloton, obtaining real time information about the speeds of the riders, and the distance between them, was the first step to providing a new viewing experience for professional cycling race commentators, fans and viewers. To make this possible, GPS tracking devices were fitted to the saddles of each of the 198 riders’ bikes. These sensors transmitted data on rider speed, GPS coordinates as well as other information, all in real time, producing between four and six million data records during each of the 21 stages of the Tour. The data produced by the devices was relayed to aircraft following the race, and from there to Dimension Data’s Big Data Truck – a fully mobile data centre – located in the technical zone near the finish line of each stage. The Big Data Truck was connected to the Dimension Data cloud platform, where the data was analysed through an enterprise grade data analytics solution, and then served up on a live tracking website and as television graphics on screens around the world to a cumulative TV audience of 3.5 billion people. Hybrid cloud The hybrid cloud environment used for the Tour de France combines both modular on site equipment with multiple off-premise cloud services, delivering redundancy and near limitless scalability during the race. The design is based on three cornerstones: High availability and security – ensuring no single point of failure and protecting the data from intrusion or leakage A diversity of locations – along with the Big Data Truck, Dimension Data hosts redundant services in its data centres in London and Amsterdam A diversity of vendors and smart architecture – designed to be robust enough to handle any eventuality during the race, including inclement weather and rider crashes GPS tracking devices were fitted to the saddles of each of the Tour’s 198 riders’ bikes. to make sure this data wasn’t just available on TV, but also online and via social media channels. In 2015, prior to the start of the Tour, ASO signed a five-year Official Technology Partner agreement with Dimension Data in order to transform the viewing experience of fans, race commentators and the general media. At the centre of this transformation was the real time tracking and data analytics platform that Dimension Data designed, built and implemented in just four months, with teams collaborating across 11 41