Transforming policing in a digital world
The Tour de Yorkshire is a three-day cycling race in the UK, attracting more than two million spectators annually. The winding 490km-route presents potential dangers during a high-speed, exciting race for both riders and spectators. West Yorkshire Police realized technology could play an important role, because it is impossible for police to be everywhere, all the time.
Why safety is critical during the Tour de Yorkshire
The Tour de Yorkshire is a three-day cycling race in the UK, televised in 178 countries with over 11.4 million global viewers. The West Yorkshire Police’s prime responsibility is to ensure the safety of spectators and 18 teams of riders.
Up to 200 police officers are deployed across multiple police forces, helping to control a fleet of connected cars, motorbikes, and vans. They lead and surround the riders, while also directing traffic and spectators as the race speeds along.
West Yorkshire Police discovered technology could play an important role, because it is impossible for police to be everywhere, all the time. They had heard of the tracking and data analytics solution deployed by NTT at the Tour de France. They wanted the same technology to assist in managing the Tour de Yorkshire, making it safer and to provide an inclusive experience for communities and spectators along the route.
Having a bird’s eye view of the event is vital for policing. It allows us to predict problems and prevent them., NPCC Liaison to British Cycling and CEG Commander Protective Services Division (XA), West Yorkshire Police
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How vehicle tracking and data analytics coordinate the event
GPS-tracking devices on police vehicles are linked to a cloud data analytics and tracking platform. It provides a real-time bird’s eye view of the race, via a secure mobile app and helps coordinate police vehicles, across multiple police forces.
When consulting with West Yorkshire Police, NTT considered both spectators and the community. In addition, roadside logistics associated with the route such as barricaded roads, and how it would impact residents was also considered. These factors had to be meticulously planned to avoid severe congestion, accidents or chaos.
We rapidly implemented the tracking and analytics solution, similar to the one used to track riders during the Tour de France and other Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) races.
Subsequently, police vehicles were equipped with GPS tracking device capability. Now, during the Tour de Yorkshire, positioning data generated by the tracking devices is relayed via the local mobile phone network to the cloud, where it is collated and analysed.
The position and movement of each police vehicle is displayed on the Tour de Yorkshire live-tracking website, as well as on a secure mobile app as the race progresses.
What value West Yorkshire Police gets from an analytics solution
West Yorkshire Police can collaborate with other police forces, ambulance, and fire services to ensure public safety. IT enables effective crowd control, predicting challenges, and coordinates 200 police. Spectators then gain an immersive experience of the race via a website.
The Tour de Yorkshire is now both safer and more interactive for spectators due to the visibility of police vehicles along the route. West Yorkshire Police coordinates vehicles from multiple police forces without needing to procure or implement any IT infrastructure. They can also track all vehicles and their locations in real-time, through a single-view interface. This is critical when managing an event of such a scale.
The public facing website serves to deliver an engaging spectator experience. It provides valuable information on road closures and openings to local businesses and residents, minimizing disruption.
‘There were some doubts as to whether a region like Yorkshire could manage a world-class sporting event of this size. The success of the Tour de Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police’s work with its partners proved the region could successfully manage and coordinate a world-class sporting event,’ says Duncan Street, NPCC Liaison to British Cycling and CEG Commander, Protective Services Division (XA), West Yorkshire Police.
It’s all about providing the right support, at the right place, at the right time. The technology solution delivers that real-time bird’s eye view, making the Tour de Yorkshire safer and more interactive for everyone involved., NPCC Liaison to British Cycling and CEG Commander Protective Services Division (XA), West Yorkshire Police
The position and movement of each police vehicle is displayed on the Tour de Yorkshire live-tracking website, as well as on a secure mobile app.
Tracking and data analytics solution to provide an inclusive experience for communities and spectators along the route.
GPS-tracking provides a real-time bird’s eye view of the race, helping to coordinate police vehicles, across multiple police forces.