May 01, 2015
Garmin and Saracens bring new technologies to the game
Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has joined forces with Premiership rugby club, Saracens as Official Navigation / Fitness Device Partner.
The two year partnership will see a number of new technologies introduced to the club whilst furnishing the team with a range of Garmin multisport fitness products.
The partnership has spearheaded the introduction of technologies from Garmin’s marine division to the rugby pitch. In order to measure wind speed and direction more accurately, Garmin secured its gWind Wireless® marine wind tracking devices to the goal posts at the Saracens’ Allianz Park as part of a trial.
The data was then transmitted wirelessly to a Garmin Quatix Watch®, a highly accurate GPS powered marine watch, enabling Saracens Kicking Coach, Dan Vickers, to determine wind speed and direction during training and before a game, informing the team’s kickers with the most accurate information.
Vickers said: “At Saracens we’re really keen to trial and pioneer new technology in the game. Historically we’ve used flags to ascertain wind direction but we wanted to explore a more technical solution to this so we turned to Garmin. We are now able to determine the speed and direction of the wind much more effectively during training, which in turn enables us to advise our kickers. This is all part of Saracens’ efforts to keep striving for that extra 5%.”
Dawn Ramsay, Garmin’s UK General Manager, said, “Combining our specialist sports and marine expertise on the rugby pitch is another first for Garmin. We’re delighted to be helping players and coaches on and off the pitch and it’s through a truly unique collaborative approach that we’ve been able to bring our latest marine technology to the Saracens and add real value.”
As part of the partnership, Garmin also provides the Saracens team with a range of multisport fitness products in the cycling, running and golf sectors such as the Forerunner 920XT® multisport GPS watch, which allows coaches and players to monitor and measure their physical fitness activities including speed, distance, cadence, heart rate and activity tracking.
Richard Daish Senior Marketing Executive in the Fitness category at Garmin said, “Saracens has a pioneering and innovative spirit and Garmin is at the forefront of technology, leading the way in a multitude of sectors, and this combination makes for a perfect partnership.”
For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.