How to Integrate Biometrics in Motorsport

The most effective Motorsport Biometric solution is a fully integrated system
An integrated solution is one where the Driver's Biometric sensors are connected to the vehicle's existing data logging and telemetry equipment.  Driver Biometric data such as heart rate and body temperature show up along with speed, G-force, rpm, etc. in the live telemetry stream or the analysis software.  This makes the driver another measurable system of the vehicle.

A fully integrated solution means that the Driver's Biometric data is always present -- on test days and race weekends. With comprehensive data, you can see the trends, identify stress triggers or determine when the driver is operating out of their normal or safe parameters.

This approach is the same as all other sensors on the vehicle: for example, would you run engine temperature sensors only on race weekends? Of course not. Implementing a comprehensive solution for all your sensors including driver Biometrics is the most effective result.

The integrated approach means that Driver Biometric data is analysed with your existing tools. Nothing extra to download or configure, no other software or apps are necessary. A simple solution means that it gets used and is useful.

Live Telemetry can include driver Biometric data. So from the pits on live broadcasts, the Driver Heart Rate and other Biometric data can be displayed live.

On-board Video can have the Driver Biometric data overlayed along with the other vehicle data. Adding Biometric Driver data such as heart rate can help give insight into your driver and make your videos more exciting. Now anyone can Overlay Heart Rate, speed, rpm and other information onto their videos.

Wireless sensors on the driver provide a safe and easy solution for gathering Biometric data. The driver does not need to remember to plug into anything and importantly can exit the vehicle unencumbered.

Biometric data overlayed with other race car data

We spent years trying to make other Biometric solutions work without much success.  The non-integrated solutions always had issues: dealing with separate data sets, correlating the main data to the separate Biometric data, starting and stopping the second system and dealing with many systems that fail when used in Motorsport. It became clear that the only real workable solution was for full integration and as none existed we developed one.

The most variable part of any racing vehicle is clearly the driver. Spending more time optimizing the most variable part can yield in the biggest most cost-efficient gains.




Chris Blomfield-Brown
Chris Blomfield-Brown

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Chris an avid competitive cyclist has been running his race engineering consulting group for over 12 years. He also taught for various Motorsport Programs and continues to mentors FSAE and Student F1 projects and is always open for questions



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