The organizers of South Africa’s 120-kilometer (75-mile) Dusi Canoe Marathon were able to assess the safety and speed of racers during a rigorous race by using RFID tags affixed to their watercraft (either kayaks or stand-up paddle boards), as well as readers positioned along the course. The system not only ensured that the organizers, the Natal Canoe Club, would know when someone fell behind and might require assistance, but also provided information to each participant’s friends and family members so that they could plan to meet him or her along the course, in order to bring much-needed food and water. Finally, the solution monitored the exact time at which each racer crossed the finish line.

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