Please select your home edition
Highfield Boats - Sailing - LEADERBOARD

OC Sport and Spark Compass partner to launch the official Extreme Sailing Series™ App

by Extreme Sailing Series 17 Oct 2018 19:28 PDT 18-21 October 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ App powered by Spark Compass © Patrick Condy

OC Sport, creator and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series™, is pleased to announce the launch of the official Extreme Sailing Series App, in collaboration with US-based intelligent communications platform and new official supplier to the Series, Spark Compass.

Developed and published by San Diego-based Total Communicator Solutions, Inc. (TCS), the patented Spark Compass™ Platform for Platforms is the 'brains' behind the new Extreme Sailing Series global app, which delivers curated, personalized experiences and content to fans.

The perfect homecoming celebration, the app will launch at the Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, presented by SAP event, which takes place from 18-21 October. The platform enables messaging and content delivery based on geo-fences and geo-targets, proximity beacons and NFC (near-field communication) taps, ensuring that fans can easily keep up to date with all the latest action, news and results.

Spark Compass is also integrating programs from other digital brands and technologies associated with the Series, such as VOGO Sport. The app will feature race updates, streaming, and videos for users around the globe.

IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, digital displays and augmented reality (AR) are also integrated, and visitors to the San Diego Race Village will be able to experience AR first hand. Whilst at the event, fans can scan AR targets that will deliver new in-app experiences, encouraging user participation and a unique involvement with the Series.

Spark Compass is an esteemed platform that has previously powered large-scale sailing apps, including the America's Cup Official App, featured last year to enhance fan engagement in Bermuda. The platform has also been used by sports gear manufacturer PUMA, to launch a new shoe with pop star Selena Gomez, and by IBM at Wimbledon to engage with tennis fans at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Spark Compass has won an award for its entry into the SmartAmerica Challenge with the White House Presidential Innovation Fellow project.

In recent weeks, the platform has been showcased at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires by IT giant and channel partner, ATOS, and featured by Alibaba at its technology summit in China. Most recently, Spark Compass was named by Insights Success as one of the 30 Most Innovative Companies to watch in 2018. Erik Bjontegard, Spark Compass inventor and TCS founder and CEO, was also named by Insights Success as one of Top 30 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs of 2018. In 2017, the platform was awarded by Unacast as one of the Top 10 IoT Platforms.

"Partnering with the Extreme Sailing Series and their fantastic high-octane Stadium Racing enables us to showcase the excitement of the sport in new ways," said Bjontegard, a former Norwegian national sailing champion. He added, "Leveraging the fantastic GC32s with content delivery from Spark Compass works seamlessly and is a natural fit. As we add more sensors, integrate new features and deploy more technologies, we'll be expanding the ways these races are consumed by fans, both on-shore in the Extreme Sailing Series Race Villages and across the globe. These are extremely exciting times."

Extreme Sailing Series Commercial Director, Scott Over, is thrilled to be working with Spark Compass to expand the reach of the event and create new experiences for fans all over the world.

"This partnership with Spark Compass allows the Series to take on new forms, improving event accessibility and the experience of our existing global fan base. Not only will this app act as a further communications tool for the Extreme Sailing Series, but it will also engage new users as the event grows and continually evolves. We're very much looking forward to working with our new official supplier, Spark Compass, to develop something truly unique and innovative for the Series for our next two events, and indeed in the coming years."

For more information about the Extreme Sailing Series, please visit our website.

To download the Extreme Sailing Series App, head to the App Store or Google Play.

Related Articles

Closure of Extreme Sailing Series
OC Sport unable to reach a successful management-buy-out OC Sport, the international event organiser and rights holder which owns the Extreme Sailing Series™, has confirmed all operations for the global circuit have ceased after they were unable to reach a successful Management-Buy-Out. Posted on 13 Jun 2019
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2019 update
Brand set to continue in a new direction In 2019 the Extreme Sailing Series brand is set to continue in a new direction, as organisers OC Sport confirm they will cease management of the circuit. Details will be revealed soon. Posted on 3 Apr 2019
Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos overall
Swiss foiling masters Alinghi crowned victors For the fourth time in their eight-year history of competing in the Extreme Sailing Series™, Swiss team Alinghi took the coveted championship title after a remarkable final in Los Cabos, Mexico. Posted on 3 Dec 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos day 3
Alinghi rises through the ranks on penultimate day >With eyes on the prize, the Swiss sailed a superb day on the water on the penultimate day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 season finale in Los Cabos, climbing one position from their unsafe third place finish on Friday Posted on 2 Dec 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos day 2
High fliers: Team Oman Air takes the lead Following their second place finish in yesterday's racing, Team Oman Air reached new heights on the second day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos, closing the racing at the front of the seven-strong international fleet. Posted on 1 Dec 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos day 1
Hat-trick for Hagara and Steinacher Having saved their best moves for the final Act of the season, Red Bull Sailing Team stole the show on the first day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos, scoring a pole position hat-trick in the event's opening races. Posted on 30 Nov 2018
Extreme Sailing Series all set for season finale
Less than a week to go, the stage is set Following a hard fought nine months of global touring and tough competition, the highly anticipated end of season showdown promises to deliver an edge of your seat, nail-biting finish, with the teams hell bent on going out with a bang. Posted on 26 Nov 2018
Rasmus Kostner on the ESS Los Cabos event
Extreme Sailing Series event in Los Cabos, Mexico I checked in with the Rasmus Kostner, skipper of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team, via email, about the Extreme Sailing Series' 2018 Los Cabos, Mexico event. Posted on 19 Nov 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego overall
Team Oman Air top the US Act podium Tight, tense racing thrilled the Californian crowds that gathered on Harbor Island, as Team Oman Air topped the US Act podium on day four of Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego – thwarting Alinghi in the final races of the day. Posted on 22 Oct 2018
Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego day 3
Light winds hinder penultimate day of racing It was a long day for the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet as light winds teased the teams on the penultimate day of racing in San Diego. Posted on 21 Oct 2018
Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom FOOTERHenri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTERMelges IC37 2019 Footer