May 24, 2014 — Linx Technologies, a Merlin, OR based developer and manufacturer of wireless products, has partnered with the Grants Pass Active club to deploy its new Internet of Things technology to race fans at Boatnik. Fans can follow the Memorial Day hydroplane races in real time – online – with internet connected smart phones, tablets and computers. Each race boat in this years’ race will be fitted with a wireless GPS tracker connected to Linx new cloud Internet of Things Solution called SmartLinx™.
“The Grants Pass Active Club does an amazing job of organizing this premier annual event in our community. We are extremely excited to deploy our wireless technology to improve the fan experience,” states Linx CEO Tolga Latif. “The Linx team was able to bring this idea to a working solution in less than a month thanks our joint effects and the power our new Smartlinx™ cloud. We are glad our first showcase of SmartLinx™ is so close to home,” added Tolga.
Race fans can go to www.linxiot.com or www.boatnik.com and to see the position of the race boats at the race from Riverside Park to Robertson Bridge and back. In the past, as the race boats disappeared from view, fans would not know how the race boats were doing down river. “As we worked on this solution, we realized how important knowing the location of the boat is for the safety of the drivers and the peace of mind of their friends and family,” states Chris Murphy the lead engineer at Linx on the GPS tracker project.
“We are excited to partner with Linx Technologies to make Boatnik even better. Any way we can enhance our event helps us raise money for the children of our community. Being a part of this new technology is a great honor for our Club.” said Grants Pass Active Club President Gerrin Beck.