We are very pleased to announce that ILS and Australian sports technology company LiveHeats have signed a six-year technology partnership to bring LiveHeats’ innovative sports technology solutions to the next three Lifesaving World Championships – 2024, 2026 and 2028.
The 2024 event, to be held on the Gold Coast, will be the first to roll-out the LiveHeats platform for registrations, payments, marshalling, draws, live results, and point scores.
LiveHeats solutions’ for Surf Life Saving have been developed via a collaboration between LiveHeats and Surf Life Saving Queensland, Surf Life Saving NSW, and Surf Life Saving Australia.
It first showcased its near field communication (NFC) wearables at the 2020 Queensland Endurance championships, which has now powered over 100 competitions across Australia and South Africa.
ILS will issue LiveHeats’ NFC-enabled wearables to athletes, which are scanned by officials using smartphones to automate marshalling, draw creation, live results capture, and point scores.
As part of the partnership, LiveHeats will develop a range of new features for the World Championships’ different competition formats; including integration with timing hardware for Pool Rescue events, a round robin system for Surf Boats, and team member roles for IRB races.
ILS Event Director John Martin MBE said the ILS strives to work with the best technical systems to manage the World Championships.
“We are delighted to have partnered with the award-winning LiveHeats team to provide an end-to-end competition entry, management and results platform for the next Lifesaving World Championships in 2024 on the Gold Coast, and beyond,” said Martin.
“With the use of the latest technology, we believe we can transform how we manage our events in future.”
The partnership marks a milestone for the Australian tech company, said Co-founder and CEO, Chris Friend.
“To have the opportunity to work with the ILS over six years is a very encouraging step for us and we’re very grateful for the support from our partners in the Australian Surf Life Saving community for helping us build out a best-in-class platform”, said Friend