Lapio Launches Geotracking for Endurance Events

Lapio, Inc. a complete race solution that provides awesome race experiences for organizers, participants, and spectators, announces the launch of geotracking for endurance events, allowing spectators to accurately track participants during a race.

Geotracking joins Lapio’s already robust platform that combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile to create the ultimate race experience from start to finish.

In recent years the most accurate way to track participants was by using multiple timing mats to provide an average pace of the participant. During an endurance event the participant’s pace can vary drastically between splits causing tracking to be an estimate and not based on real-time.  Lapio is combining the power of GPS-enabled devices and timing mats to create the most accurate, geotracking in the industry.

Using GPS-enabled devices is now a reality due to the increase in wearable technology:

  • The wearable market is set to expand from 9.7 million device shipments in 2013 to 135 million in 2018.
  • Fitbit fitness trackers are expected to triple to over 70 million devices by 2018.
  • Apple is expected to sell 30-40 million smart watches in its first 12 months of availability.
  • Garmin introduced new colors, further extending the appeal of wearable fitness to the masses.
  • Strava recently released a global heat map of 160 million activities and 375 billion GPS points.

GPS-enabled devices are changing the endurance industry by providing the missing component of location-based tracking: GPS coordinates. Race directors can now know exactly where participants are on the course, increasing event safety. Friends and family can now accurately track participants allowing them to follow their progress and cheer them on.

“We are passionate about providing precise data to race directors, athletes, and spectators. We have proven we can provide accurate, live results; geotracking was the obvious next step. We are not just adding a feature but enhancing an already powerful solution.” Says Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

Helping fund this innovation are three notable players in the technology industry, Co-founders Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour of Zendesk and Thomas Pedersen, Co-founder and CEO of OneLogin.

“Lapio continues to push the limits of innovation in the endurance industry. The introduction of geotracking just proves their motivation to not just be a player in the industry, but a leader.” says Thomas Pedersen, Co-founder and CEO of OneLogin.

If you are interested in learning more about geotracking and Lapio software, email hey@lap.io.

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Mach, Paul. “What do 220,000,000,000 GPS data points look like?” Web blog post. Engineering Blog. Strava. 16 May 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.

Lapio Launches Mobile Solution at Triathlon Business International Conference

Lapio, Inc (Lapio), will be launching their new mobile and social platform at Triathlon Business International Conference.

Lapio software helps race directors and timers of races small to large, provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Their cloud-based, integrated solution combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile to create the ultimate race experience from start to finish.

Lapio’s new platform is built on the same trusted technology that has provided accurate, live results for over 900 races and 650,000 participants worldwide. What makes this launch unique is the focus on mobile. Built for mobile first, their new platform addresses the growing need for an adaptable mobile solution.

Published in the Eventbrite Endurance Sports Participant Study, endurance athlete mobile behaviors are broken down as follows:

  • 89% use mobile to manage email
  • 81% read endurance event information on mobile
  • 70% use mobile to post updates on social

Lapio is leading the way in mobile and how race day information, results, live athlete tracking, and photos are shared.

“Race directors and timers thrive when participants and spectators have a race experience worth sharing. Understanding the industries needs and providing our customers the solution is what drives us” Says Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

“Companies like Lapio are driving innovation in this industry. Focused on developing solutions to respond to the constantly changing racing industry, we are looking forward to seeing more from Lapio at TBI and the year ahead ” Jack Caress,  President & CEO, Triathlon Business International.

In partnership with Triathlon Business International, Lapio will debut their software at the Lapio hosted 5K race on Monday, January 26, at 6:45AM along the scenic Marina del Ray marina.  See Lapio software in action and how the Lapio platform creates an awesome race day experience.  All levels of runners are encouraged to join! Register: https://app.lap.io/event/2015-tbi-5k

To register for the Triathlon Business International Conference click here.

Feature Spotlight: Google Analytics Integration

With so many ways to market your event it can be hard to tell which method worked best. Understanding how people found your registration page can be powerful knowledge when developing marketing campaigns.

Lapio software allows you to easily integrate Google Analytics to get a complete picture of your event’s website traffic. Simply add your Google Analytics ID and be running reports in minutes.

Follow this YouTube video to set up a Google Analytics account to receive your Tracking ID:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyrKu-yb05c

Example of Google Analytics Tracking ID:

Insert the Google Analytics Tracking ID into Lapio software in the Integration tab and start tracking your website traffic.
 

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Introducing: Lapio Help Center

We are happy to introduce the new Lapio Help Center!

Customers can now easily learn more about Lapio software and find answers to all the most frequently asked questions. The help center covers both basic and advanced topics and it is searchable by keywords.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Just submit a request through the help center and our Lapio support team will give you the support you need.

The help center will be updated frequently so make sure to check back and continue to learn how to use all the great features Lapio has to offer!

Lapio Help Center: lapio.zendesk.com

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Feature Spotlight: Adding New Categories – Advanced Options

When setting up a new event, you need to create categories.  These categories define the participant’s category options for registration.  For example, a category may be “Female 30-35”. The basic way to create categories is through our “create category” feature.

If you are creating multiple races with the same categories, then you are ready for our advanced options.  When creating your next event you can choose to copy categories from a previously added race. This will pull all the categories from your previous race into your new one – no muss, no fuss.

This  video shows you how to create categories using advanced options:

Want to get back to the basics? This video shows how to create categories using our basic option:

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Happy Birthday to Lapio – 2 Years and Running!

This week Lapio turns 2! Hard to believe it has been 2 years since our Co-Founders Klaus Priesler and Anders Roerbaek started it all. As endurance racers, they saw a need to give participants a better race experience through accurate LIVE results and the ability to easily share their accomplishments with friends and family.

Today, with over 750 races, 310, 232 participants, 1,774,978 chip reading, streamed LIVE results, countless Facebook posts and photos shared; we’re humbled to see how quickly Lapio is changing the way races are experienced.

As a startup born in Denmark, we crawled. We proved our concept from customer to customer. Then we started to walk. We walked through Europe bringing on new partners, new races, and saying hello to returning customers.  Now, 2 years old, we’re running. Running into new countries, meeting new friends and powering awesome new races.

FEATURED UPCOMING RACES:

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Along the way we’ve developed a pretty cool solution but we’re not done yet. We continue to innovate to give you, the race director, the tools you need to provide the best race experience for your participants.

ONE INTEGRATED SOLUTION
Instead of race organizers having to use a different vendor for each of their race needs, Lapio has combined all the features you want in one, easy to use, integrated solution.

CLOUD TECHNOLOGY
Lapio’s cloud-based software gives you all the innovative features you want, data accuracy you need, with access from anywhere. Your Lapio account gives you a complete overview of your race management tools, registration information, and timing data so that you stay in control of your races.

TIMING MADE EASY
We’ve made race timing easy. With our patent pending automated hardware timing synchronization, anyone can time a race. Race organizers can now easily provide accurate, live results while saving big by handling in-house.

TIMING HARDWARE FLEXIBILITY
Lapio software is compatible with multiple hardware platforms. If you already own hardware, simply connect Lapio software to your timing hardware and begin providing results in minutes. If you are purchasing hardware for the first time, Lapio will work with you to find the best solution for your timing needs.

MERCHANT ACCOUNT INTEGRATION
Lapio software gives race organizers control over your race revenue. With our merchant account integration, registration payments are deposited directly into your bank account. Giving you access to your money, when you need it.

Great tools are nothing without great customers. And we want to say a big THANK YOU to our customers.  If we threw a birthday party, you’d all be invited but here’s what a few friends of Lapio had to say!

“Wishing Lapio a happy happy birthday!  This year marks our second year using Lapio for the Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk and we couldn’t be happier.”
Sarah Gualtieri, Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation

“The Lapio system is not only a huge leap forward for timing software, it’s also a breakthrough for race directors looking to super-charge their races’ social media presence.”
Sam Fiandaca, Brazen Racing

“We are really happy to have partnered with Lapio. We are getting more engaged users, ROI in less than 6 months all while saving 40% on the cost of timing.”
Kristian Uhd Jepsen
 XTERRA Nordic

“Lapio’s LIVE results and the ability to integrate with social networks is going to drastically change South African endurance racing.”
Gerrit Pieterse, TimeMe

 Another year older and another year wiser, we continue on our mission.

“At Lapio we want all races, from large to small, to enjoy the benefits of efficient, accurate timing combined with innovative features; all at an affordable cost.”

 Cheers to another year!

 - The Lapio Team

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Customer Spotlight: TimeMe – Changing Endurance Racing in South Africa

With the introduction of new technology, the racing industry is changing. The once dominant PC-based software is now competing against cloud-based software with innovative features and enhanced timing capabilities. One market dramatically changed by this technology is South African endurance racing.

We interviewed Gerrit Pieterse, Co-Founder of TimeMe who shared how his team, using Lapio software, are responding to demand for better technology and taking the South African timing industry by storm.

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TELL US ABOUT TIMEME AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO GET INTO RACE TIMING?
Little over a year ago we were busy organizing a mountain bike event and needed a company to do the timing for us, we could only get hold of one company and they only replied to our email requesting a quote, two months after the event. We then decided to buy our own equipment and start a timing company on a small scale. This small company has grown faster than we anticipated and we now have numerous events lined up. TimeMe is a young energetic sports timing company that is putting its stamp the local timing industry. Critics silenced, race organizers smiling and correct times given to such an extent that we managed to break 99% accuracy all the events we timed.

WHAT SIZE IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING MARKET? WHAT TYPES OF RACES ARE THE MOST POPULAR?
Endurance racing is certainly not new to South Africa, but the market only exploded a short while ago. Individuals all over South Africa are claiming top spots in International events. The fastest growing and still the most popular by a great margin is mountain biking and especially mountain bike stage races like the ABSA Cape Epic, Joburg2C and Sani2C only to name a few. Ultra marathon trail running and trail running stage races is also becoming increasingly popular in South Africa. People are even referring to Mountain biking as the new golf of South Africa.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU FACED WITH THE WAY PREVIOUS RACE RESULTS WERE SHARED?
LIVE results is the biggest issue in South Africa, there is a lot of different timing software companies claiming that they can deliver real time results, but they unfortunately still have major hiccups. The most common way is to export all your results into MsExcel and then it has to be populated and sorted, to make sense, before it can be loaded onto your website or the race organiser’s website, this is very time consuming and can sometimes take days if you don’t have all the athletes details – all this while athletes are crying to have their results.

YOU ARE NOW USING LAPIO SOFTWARE FOR ALL OF YOUR ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION AND TIMING. WHAT ISSUES DOES LAPIO SOFTWARE SOLVE?
Well firstly we have LIVE results, that’s actually streamed in real time, to our results page and accessible from anywhere in the world. The other major advantage is that the online entries are integrated into the software and we and the race organizer immediately know how many people have entered and we as race timers no longer have to wait for online registration sites to send us the data – which then still needs to be captured and imported onto our software, before we can start to time an event. Everything is brilliantly integrated with Lapio!

HOW DO YOU SEE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING CHANGING WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY?
Dramatically! South Africa is and will always be one of the youngest countries in the world; we only receive the majority of the technology dead stone last. All the athletes constantly acknowledges and admire the technology from Europe and America, and it so happened to turn into a desire for almost each and every one of them. We believe with the introduction of Lapio will come a much bigger supporter base for endurance events with everything streamed to social networks instantly. Athletes families and friends will also be able to share in the joy of the participants as they cross the finish line, even if they’re hundreds of miles away.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REALLY COOL RACES COMING UP?
Yes, we have a one day road cycling stage race called The Kremetart Stage Race. This is definitely the highlight of our year where Lapio’s technology would be able to set the benchmark for all the other timing companies/timing software. With a successful Kremetart Stage Race, loads and loads of COOL races are sure to follow!

Thank you to Gerrit and TimeMe from all of us at Lapio! As a company whose mission is to create innovative technology, we are proud to see our customers changing the way races are experienced and how those experiences are shared.

If you have any questions let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

 

Feature Spotlight: Race Day Registration

At Lapio we understand that race day is hectic. You have 100 things going on at once and the last thing you have is extra time. On race morning you prepare for a rush of race day registrations. While it can be stressful, as race organizers, you know you it’s all part of the job.

Lapio software makes race day registration easy. Race organizers can prepare bibs with assigned timing chip data in advance. On race day, all you need to do is assign the bib to the participant and choose the appropriate category. And voila! Your participant is headed to the starting line.

Check out this video to see how Lapio software makes race day registration easy!

RACE DAY REGISTRATION VIDEO:

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To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Feature Spotlight: Timing Hardware Flexibility

At Lapio we want race organizers to have control over their races. When it comes to race timing hardware, there are plenty of choices. Not all races are the same and neither is timing hardware. We understand that choosing the right hardware for your races is important.

When we developed our software, it was important to us that race organizers were not tied down to a specific hardware platform. Our software provides efficient, accurate timing and is compatible with multiple hardware platforms.  With Lapio software you can post instant LIVE results online and via SMS text, email and Facebook. Our goal is to give race organizers innovative technology with the flexibility to choose the hardware that works best for your business.

ALREADY OWN HARDWARE

If you already own hardware, simply connect Lapio software to your timing hardware and begin providing results in minutes. To get started, check out our blog post Lapio Connect – LIVE Timing Instructions to see how streaming LIVE results is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

COMPATIBLE HARDWARE:

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Lapio continues to add to our list of compatible software. To view our most updated list visit: www.lapio.com/hardware.

PURCHASING HARDWARE FOR THE FIRST TIME

If you are purchasing hardware for the first time, Lapio will work with you to find the best hardware for your timing needs. Our team is made up of experienced race directors and timers who will support you from hardware purchase to timing your first races. Feel confident knowing that Lapio is here to help.

Whether you already own timing hardware or purchasing hardware for the first time, Lapio takes the difficulty out of timing. By combining hardware flexibility with Lapio’s easy-to-use software; race timing has never been easier.

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

Lapio Attending Running USA Industry Conference

Countdown to the Running USA Industry Conference. In just 5 days, race organizers from all over the US will come together in San Diego for the Running USA Conference. Attendees will be participating in morning runs, attending expert panel discussions, networking, and talking about what’s new in the world of racing.

Lapio is proud to be attending and sharing technology that is changing how race organizers manage and time their races.

Lapio is an all-in-one race management and timing software providing online registration, payment, LIVE timing, social media integration, photo sharing and more! Innovation is at the heart of our solution with every feature backed by powerful, easy to use technology for races organizers.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

ONE INTEGRATED SOLUTION
Instead of race organizers having to use a different vendor for each of their race needs, Lapio has combined all the features you want in one, easy to use, integrated solution.

CLOUD TECHNOLOGY
Lapio’s cloud-based software gives you all the innovative features you want, data accuracy you need, with access from anywhere. Your lapio account gives you a complete overview of your race management tools, registration information, and timing data so that you stay in control of your races.

TIMING MADE EASY
We’ve made race timing easy. With our patent pending automated hardware timing synchronization, anyone can time a race. Race organizers can now easily provide accurate, live results while saving big by handling in-house.

TIMING HARDWARE FLEXIBILITY
Lapio software is compatible with multiple hardware platforms. If you already own hardware, simply connect Lapio software to your timing hardware and begin providing results in minutes. If you are purchasing hardware for the first time, Lapio will work with you to find the best solution for your timing needs.

MERCHANT ACCOUNT INTEGRATION:
Lapio software gives race organizers control over your race revenue. With our merchant account integration, registration payments are deposited directly into your bank account. Giving you access to your money, when you need it.

At Lapio our mission is simple: we want all races, from large to small, to enjoy the benefits of efficient, accurate timing combined with innovative features; all at an affordable cost.

Technology is rapidly changing the endurance racing industry and we’re excited to attend the Running USA Conference to be a part of the energy; a part of the solution.

Hope to see you there!

For more information about Lapio visit: www.lapio.com