BOOKIES might be in trouble, as Swarm Intelligence made some truly impressive predictions by correctly placing the top four Kentucky Derby finishers last month. The question a French startup called Arionea looks to answer is, besides just benefitting betting, whether it can also help keep a horse healthy and performing well.

The company expects artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to revolutionize the racetrack, with the help of an iPhone-sized sensor called the Equimetre. The aptly named device is designed to fit into the strap that holds the horse’s saddle on, it then reports back to an app powered by a machine learning algorithm.

The device constantly monitors the horse’s heart rate and temperature, as well as recording the horse’s acceleration, speed and length of stride. After exercise, as the horse cool down and rests, the Equimetre tracks the horse’s rate of recovery.

All the while, the algorithm compares this data with details about weather, humidity, and the type of ground under the horse’s hooves. The goal is to offer a comprehensive and quantitative overview of a race horse’s health and performance, according to co-founder Valentin Rapin.

Physiological monitoring devices aren’t new for horses, but Rapin insists the Equimetre’s algorithm will set it far apart from competitors. Rather than expressing the horse’s statistics in graphs and charts that the trainer has to interpret, the app will put this information into context. “The algorithm will actually tell the trainer what this information means,” he said. It’s designed to deliver horse-by-horse data on a day-by-day basis.

Still, the Equimetre isn’t meant to replace trainers when it’s released early next year. “Nothing can replace their eye and intuition,” Rapin said. Rather, it’s intended to give the trainer information he/she usually wouldn’t have access to.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Equimetre – for horses, trainers, and animal rights activists alike – is its ability to predict and prevent injury. Rapin suggests that, if the algorithm recognizes an unnatural change in the horse’s gait, the algorithm can warn trainers to prevent over training before the horse hurts itself.

-From Bidvestech.

 

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  1. I am sure that a device like this has been in use for a few years, perhaps something similar I saw trainers use in Dubai when on a stable visit one day. Perhaps it was in testing phase.

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