We’re doing it again! carbonTRACK technology will track all boats in the Massive Murray Paddle across the gruelling 400km course, provide near real- time updates on their position and help event’s safety team keep participants safe in the water. carbonTRACK is proud to once again support Phase Zero’s safety management plan for this great event.

The event is taking place over 5 days, 19th -23rd of November and marks the 50th anniversary of what is one of the longest paddle races in the world. Participants raise funds for various causes close to their hearts and there is a big focus on uniting the local community through connection to each other and the land.

This is our second time  supporting this great event and the excitement is building! 

What we’re doing 

We’re (once again) doing what had been previously impossible.

Prior to carbonTRACK’s involvement the participants were manually marked as passing each of the checkpoints. Phase Zero recognised that technology could transform this process and selected carbonTRACK to help them overcome the event’s particular challenges - a 400km course (much of it under thick vegetation and poor cellular coverage) and the need for waterproof devices with enough power to last the full 5 days.

And we love a challenge!

So, we’re once again building a bespoke communication network and providing tracking devices to help ensure all participants are tracked fairly and safely. This year we are tracking 189 boats, up 69 from the 120 that participated last year.  

Why we’re involved 

Our business is built on providing technology solutions to problems society faces today. We’re focused on helping home owners and businesses to take control of their energy use and spend by creating an ecosystem where energy is consumed sustainably and shared fairly.

This is a big undertaking that requires advanced technology solutions and we’re always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

Taking on the challenge of digitising the Massive Murray Paddle not only gives us the opportunity to support a great community event, it also helps us to stretch our thinking and continuously evolve our technology.

At carbonTRACK, we’re problem solvers. We always say that you can drop our technology anywhere in the world and it will work. The solution we’re creating to cover the 400km course between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill proves that, says Shavaj Kallamote, CTO and Co-founder of carbonTRACK. 

The technical explanation  

We’re building a communication network that leverages the LoRaWAN protocol, existing cellular network (where available) and carbonTRACK’s patented technology. This network enables carbonTRACK’s battery operated tracking devices to transmit a signal back to the mobile gateways, tracking participants in near real-time. 

LoRaWAN is a media access control layer protocol for managing communication between LPWAN gateways and end-node devices. It allows data to be transmitted by an end-node device to a centralised network server. Traditionally, LoRaWAN is used for asset tracking or to determine measurements such as meter readings.

In the solution we designed for the Massive Murray Paddle, it is the carbonTRACK SmartHubs that act as the communication gateways. We will have multiple units positioned throughout the course, supported by in-air repeater devices acting like customised satellites communicating with the transponders on each boat.

Boat location will be updated every 30 seconds enabling near real-time updates on the location on each of the 180 participants. Race organisers and supporters will be able to track all the action via the carbonTRACK portal.

Phase Zero has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions on how this will work in practice.

But we’re not just problem-solving tech-heads 

This year, we’re not just monitoring the boats from the sidelines – we’re getting on the river! Team carbonTRACK will be represented by our Head of Customer Engagement, Chris Benson  who insisted we take a more active role. We agreed and were delighted to sponsor his boat.  

Chris is competing to raise funds for research into motor neurone disease and in memory of his mother, Bernice Atlee, who battled MND before her passing two years ago. You can read more about Chris’s journey and support his efforts by visiting his fundraising page here.  

Stay in touch for all the action from the Murray 

We’re incredibly proud to be involved in an event that not only raises funds for multiple important causes but also aims to connect the communities to each other and their environments.

All safety management efforts are managed by consulting company Phase Zero. Race participants and supporters will find important safety information on their website.

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