IoT in climbing: Non-invasive activity tracking


Sport climbing brings together multiple parties i.e., climbers, climbing gym operators, route setters and climbing coaches, each with a specific set of goals. For example, climbers are interested in improving their climbing performance while climbing gym operators are constantly trying to improve their services and make optimal use of infrastructures.

We asked a question, which IoT devices and software tools can be combined to provide effective solutions to problems faced in the everyday climbing practice. We think such systems can be designed to be both privacy-preserving and almost invisible to their users.

In this talk we present an example of a climbing monitoring system that aims to provide statistics related to the frequency of ascents and -to some extent- climbing performance.