A few taps on a touch screen is all that is needed to keep horse sport fans in touch with the action at the Europeans.
A mobile app will bring facts, statistics and real-time information about the FEI European Championships in Aachen this month (11-23 August) straight to your fingertips.
The free smartphone app – Aachen 2015 – features rider biographies, a site plan, the current programme and information on how to get there.
It will also have results, a public judging feature for the dressage and vaulting competitions and even a game.
The public judging feature will allow fans to rate competitors during the championships, creating an audience ranking list.
The “Karli’s Horseshoes” game, set in a virtual Aachen main stadium, will test who can throw Karli’s horseshoes closest to the target.
Users will also have access to photo and video galleries and background information on the competition.
It will also have further features added ready for the eventing Nations Cup competition also running at the German venue during the championships from 11-14 August.
Information from the cross-country phase will be displayed on the app in real-time.
As well as this, the technology also allows Europeans followers to “walk” the cross-country course, seeing photos and information about each fence.
This pilot project is being launched by the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V. (ALRV) and SAP in collaboration with NetAachen.
Frank Kemperman, chairman of the ALRV, said: “The app is super for finding one’s way around the showgrounds, it always offers up-to-date news and results.
“The audience judge is a particular highlight as it allows the visitors to assess the performance of the participants in the dressage and vaulting competitions in real-time.”
The app was jointly developed by the championships and software developers SAP.
There will be an option to rate the 300-plus shops on offer at the Aachen venue, which spans more than 20,000 square meters.
Medal tables, facts and figures will also be available on the general information page of the app.