KS Technologies to Bring iOS App and iBeacon Technology to the PPIHCThursday, Jun. 18 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado – June 18th, 2015 – Today, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo (PPIHC) announced a partnership with local engineering firm KS Technologies (KST) to produce the first mobile application for the 99th anniversary of the event.
The PPIHC app, available for mobile devices running Apple’s iOS8+ mobile operating system, has numerous features to keep global race fans informed before, during, and after the race. Users can favorite
drivers, allowing them to receive timely push notifications to their mobile device as their competitor races to the Summit. Section times, racer profiles, embedded video content, course map information, and more is available in the app. The app includes a version for Apple Watch as well, which displays a complete listing of events happening during Hill Climb Week.
The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motor sports event in the United States. An annual event since 1916, 2015 marks the 93rd Running of the “Race to the Clouds” and the 99th Anniversary of this historic event. The 2015 race will take place on Sunday, June 28th with race related events happening throughout the week. Fan Fest, with participation of 35,000+ spectators, will kick off the celebration on the evening of Friday, June 26th.
The race is run on a 12.42 mile (19.99 kilometer) course that begins at 9,390 feet (2,862.07 meters) above sea-level and finishes at the 14,115 foot (4,302.25 meter) Summit of spectacular Pikes Peak – Americas Mountain. As the drivers climb toward the Summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they were capable of at the Start Line. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win. This year’s race features five divisions and seven classes of motorcycles/quads, and four divisions and eight classes of cars/trucks challenging the fully paved Pikes Peak Highway.
For visitors of the Pikes Peak region, the PPIHC app offered by KS Technologies also makes use of iBeacon technology. An iBeacon is a tiny transmitter mounted on vehicles competing in the Hill Climb.
Users of the iOS app will receive a notification whenever they are near any vehicle participating in the Hill Climb so they can easily identify the driver. Even better, phones equipped with the app can receive these notifications even while on Pikes Peak, since no Internet is required for the beacon functionality to work. The notifications trigger on both an Apple iPhone or Apple Watch.
“The hill climb is one of Colorado Springs’ oldest annual traditions and is known by automotive enthusiasts from across the globe,” stated Megan Leatham, PPIHC Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have been able to form a partnership with the bright minds of KS Technologies and improve the fan experience for fans on the mountain and across the globe.”
“We are so proud to work with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on this mobile app”, said Bob Kressin, President of KS Technologies. “The Push Notifications, integration with iBeacon technology, and Apple Watch based schedule of events are just a few simple ways to help the crowd interact with all of the exciting events happening in Colorado Springs around the Hill Climb.” Even more special, all of the engineering of the beacon hardware, creation of the mobile application, and even the construction of the beacons themselves occurred in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by KST and their key manufacturing partner, Linear Manufacturing.