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New Tracking for the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno - Order NOW!

ndvalium

Rescue Director
Many have been very critical of IRC the last several years. Casey also has been wanting more commitment and capability for a solution for safety and operations for Best in the Desert.

He has been working for quite a while with his list of demands and RacingTrax has met his goal of providing everything in one unit.

I am personally excited as I understand the technology to be far superior than we have used before and if you look at their website, there a few upgrades you can do as racers that will help communicate to your chase teams.

My team will as well be testing it for tracking some of our resources on race day.

Below is the Press release from BITD today. This will be the tracking system utilized for this years Vegas to Reno. Make sure you place your orders if you are entered in the race! See everyone at the race!




Best in the Desert, America’s premier off-road racing association has announced that RacingTraX, from ROM Communications, will be the new Satellite tracking system effective with the Vegas to Reno race in August, 2016. After intensive research into the best system available for desert style races, Best in the Desert connected with ROM and together worked to develop “RacingTraX”, the most advanced purpose built off-road tracking system.

ROM Communications is a manufacturer and supplier of satellite based tracking equipment and the Industry acclaimed “TextAnywhere” Global messaging platform. The Company has deployed its equipment for years in extreme environments around the World and has spent the last 16 months proving its equipment excels in one of the most extreme environments there is, off-road racing! ROM Communications Ltd. is a long time Iridium Satellite Partner whose constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites provides high-quality data connections over the planet’s entire surface.

RacingTraX utilizes a 99 channel GPS & Glonass system to provide positioning and speed, data will be logged and stored onboard for use by Best in the Desert. Virtual and mechanical buttons will provide emergency requests by the race vehicle which will be monitored for quick response during the Race. Two-way text based communication is provided to Race Management using a no APP required Wi-Fi link for most smartphones, tablets and laptops. Communication is also available for use in “No Cell Coverage” areas to update support crews or even post directly to Facebook or Twitter.

Current Value added optional features include “Spatial Engineering” where every 8 minutes, the Race vehicle position and speed is sent to a cell phone during the Race for only $22.00, or for those Race teams with existing ROMTraX devices, a satellite update will provide Race vehicle status for $55.00, plus allow for 2-way text based communication. The per race rental charge for each entrant is $265.00.

Best in the Desert is committed to building the “Virtual Link” for its many fans and supporters, a better state of the art online mapping and satellite updates will be implemented to bring the off-road closer and in near real time.

Weighing in under a pound, measuring just 4″ x 6″ x1.5″, this totally integrated marvel of technology is extremely simple to install, comes with a Quick Mount Bracket / Power Cable and prewired Emergency Switch.

Casey Folks, Director of Best in the Desert said, “I am very excited to announce the integration of this new RacingTrax system for our races. Racers, friends, fans and race team members can track progress on a “Race Day” virtual map.”

First up for the new system is Best in the Desert’s 2016 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX, “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States!” and it is the 20th Anniversary of “Vegas to Reno”.

Go to www.racingtrax.com to rent the system and have your monitoring kit shipped to you for your installation BEFORE you get to the race.

Per Casey, “Racers Need to Order NOW!”
For more information on the new tracking system, and to arrange tracking
for your race vehicle, please visit

www.racingtrax.com



or contact:

David Clay
801-836-5198
[email protected]

For More Information about Best in The Desert, please go to:
www.bitd.com
 

BANNED4LIFE

Well-Known Member
I have been using this system/equipment for over a year now....HIGHLY recommend......you can text from racecar to chase truck and chase truck to chase truck ANYWHERE on earth....really handy in baja and remote areas of Nevada with no cell service....it also automatically updates your chase trucks of your race vehicles location and speed every ten minutes....pretty cool system
 

ndvalium

Rescue Director
I have been using this system/equipment for over a year now....HIGHLY recommend......you can text from racecar to chase truck and chase truck to chase truck ANYWHERE on earth....really handy in baja and remote areas of Nevada with no cell service....it also automatically updates your chase trucks of your race vehicles location and speed every ten minutes....pretty cool system
I am happy to hear that Pete - I have a lot to learn about it and trying to have Casey explain technology related stuff is more entertainment than informative...
 

biggjim

Well-Known Member
We have been using them for a year as well. We had some growing pains and causing ourselves issues on them. The biggest thing we have learned is you only want 1 device using wifi....so every other phone or tablet in the chase truck has to have WIFI switched off. IF you dont it pisses off the the iridium tracker device. It took us using them 3 times in baja, and the mint to get them working 100%. But now I wouldn't go to baja without it.
 

El Mamito USMC

Well-Known Member
ill be getting my system for the dec CODE race and use it for the 17 Score season
 

Jack

Well-Known Member
For those of us chasing for multiple cars in a race can you set up to get the updates of many cars? Is this setup from the transmitting car? I setup from the receiving car? Or does this have to be done with forms to the company running the system or can you do it on the fly over the Internet?
 

pgarfinkle

Well-Known Member
Will this work for the bike and quad guys as well?
 

BANNED4LIFE

Well-Known Member
YES, you can have them set up so your chase trucks can receive updates from all of your cars and you can communicate with each of them individually......I know they have battery powered ones so I'm sure they will work for the handlebar guys.....david SHOULD be answering all these questions, :)
 

El Mamito USMC

Well-Known Member
Will this work for the bike and quad guys as well?
yes... im planning to get a kit for 2017 season. it can work on any race as long as you can send a gps file to them so they can input the track on their system.
 

ndvalium

Rescue Director
YES, you can have them set up so your chase trucks can receive updates from all of your cars and you can communicate with each of them individually......I know they have battery powered ones so I'm sure they will work for the handlebar guys.....david SHOULD be answering all these questions, :)
I just emailed David Clay with a link so he can join in the discussion and answer any questions people may have. I have zero operational knowledge of them so far. But that being said I am excited for new technology and improved communications.
 

JDDurfey

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I have no dog in this hunt...I am just a spectator now days...But I am curious, will there be a website we can watch the race on like we got to do for the Mint? That was a great set up for those of us sitting in front of a computer half way across the country.
 

CMA GUMBY

Well-Known Member
Or for Mr Prich to be able to watch his truck from halfway across the world.
 

RacingTraX

Well-Known Member
My apologies for being a.w.o.l these last few days, as luck would have it the press release came out the same time my three boys, wife, and I were camping in the middle of Colorado where there was very little service. I've rejoined civilization now so I'll go through the above questions.
 

RacingTraX

Well-Known Member
For those of us chasing for multiple cars in a race can you set up to get the updates of many cars? Is this setup from the transmitting car? I setup from the receiving car? Or does this have to be done with forms to the company running the system or can you do it on the fly over the Internet?
Yes! Pete answered it, but yes if you have RacingTraX (For Race vehicle) and ROMTraX (for Chase vehicle) on all your vehicles your race vehicle(s) will automatically send updates with race mile and speed to all of your chase vehicles every 8 minutes through the iridium satellite network. You will also be able to send messages to BITD officials as well as anyone on your team. You can set up which cars you want being sent to which chase vehicles on racingtrax.com
 

RacingTraX

Well-Known Member
Will this work for the bike and quad guys as well?
We are in the process of developing a self contained unit for bikes and quads. We've had bike teams use our units before by wiring in to their bike's battery just like the car/truck guys do.
 

RacingTraX

Well-Known Member
I just emailed David Clay with a link so he can join in the discussion and answer any questions people may have. I have zero operational knowledge of them so far. But that being said I am excited for new technology and improved communications.
Thanks for letting me know about the thread. Just to give a quick rundown on the system and the services we'll be providing at V2R. Come race day there will be a live map at www.racingtrax.com. You will be able to access this map with any device that can connect to the internet. Before when you could't use your iPhone to check in on your race, now you can, no app required either. Race positions will update every 4 minutes. If you are a racer and have a problem our RacingTrax units have built in physical alert button on a 10ft cable that you will have previously mounted accessible to driver/navigator that you can be pressed to send out an alert to BITD... more instructions on this later.

Tech savvy racers who want to fully utilize their RacingTraX unit can message BITD or crew members by pulling out their smart phone, tablet or LeadNav iPad, connecting onto their RacingTraX wifi signal (it will be the only wifi signal you'll be seeing in the middle of the desert), once connected go to any web browser (safari, chrome, internet explorer) and connect to the RacingTraX messaging interface by searching 10.10.10.10 This is what you'll see: RacingTraX | Simulator

From here you can send messages to any cell phone ($.25 per message), any ROMTraX chase unit (100 messages included), or message BITD at no cost.
 

RacingTraX

Well-Known Member
I have no dog in this hunt...I am just a spectator now days...But I am curious, will there be a website we can watch the race on like we got to do for the Mint? That was a great set up for those of us sitting in front of a computer half way across the country.
Yes, great question. Read the reply above.
 

bajadreamer

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I have no dog in this hunt...I am just a spectator now days...But I am curious, will there be a website we can watch the race on like we got to do for the Mint? That was a great set up for those of us sitting in front of a computer half way across the country.
This would be so good.. I hope for the same thing!!
Pete.. do you know anything about this?


Sent from the RDC Mobile App. Get it for your IOS device today
 

El Mamito USMC

Well-Known Member
We are in the process of developing a self contained unit for bikes and quads. We've had bike teams use our units before by wiring in to their bike's battery just like the car/truck guys do.
yeah that works good. do you know if your going to have it by early Nov. I want to get my kit before the Code race in dec.. I think I been txting with you. so ill txt again..
 
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