Arrow Electronics has launched a new edge computing initiative in collaboration with 28-year-old wheelchair tennis player Dani Caverzaschi to improve the lives of wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
Caverzaschi, who was born missing most of his right leg and with malformations on his left one, plays on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is a member of the Spanish national team that finished second in the World Cup in Vilamoura, Portugal in May.
As part of the Data Analytics & Network Innovation (DANI) Project, Arrow and Dani are collaborating on two technology solutions that use hardware and software, cloud architecture and analytics to meet the needs of people with limited mobility.
They are: WheelWay, a city navigation system that combines ‘live’ data from Smart GPS and public open cloud services to provide ‘real time,’ mobility-friendly routing information so that wheelchair users can plan journeys and explore cities with confidence; and DataRally, which, through a combination of sensors, a wearable device and app, gives professional wheelchair athletes live, real-time data that they can use to identify areas for improvement.
In Caverzaschi’s case, sensors on his wheelchair and tennis racquet can be used to measure speed, acceleration, distance covered, impacts, number of turns, heart rate, service speed, ball placement on the racquet and more.