History of RallyTrack.com
and releases a VHF radio based tracking system that attaches to the Rally Logger
for events that can be covered by a local radio repeater system.
releases the Rally Tracker "mini" that uses the Iridium satellite
system for 2-way SMS (Short Messaging Service) to track and communicate with
assets in remote areas of the world.
The Rally Logger
receives several upgrades and improvements to improve durability and battery
implements the Rally Logger for first time at the Tecate SCORE International
awarded an agreement with SCORE International to provide GPS data
logging and post-race data analysis. Four classes (Trophy Truck, Class
1, ProTruck, and Class 1) have been mandated by SCORE to use the new Rally
Logger at the upcoming Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The Rally Logger was
created and designed by Craig Reitz of RallyTrack.com to withstand the harsh
Baja environment and has been deemed ultra-tuff.
Two prototype GPS data loggers are tested at the 2004 SCORE
Primm 300 race in an effort to win a service contract with SCORE to provide
race vehicle GPS data logging and post-race data analysis services.
2002-November 19 to
New affordable system sold to several race teams for the Baja 1000 event.
Eight vehicles were tracked live on the internet during the event using the
Orbcomm satellite communications system. This is the 1st time ever live,
public viewable, satellite tracking via internet is performed for off-road
racing in the Americas.
First "all inclusive" satellite tracking system package released.
System intended for enclosed type vehicles only. The satellite tracking
package is dubbed "RT2000".
A new lower cost unit in development with a very affordable, fixed monthly
airtime cost for unlimited data.
Planned debut of the first beta unit at the SCORE International's Baja 1000
in Baja California, Mexico.
Update (Dec. 2001): System worked successfully during the race. Limited live
internet data was posted.
Heavy emphases put back into R&D to design and build a highly
ruggedized, very affordable, and highly configurable satellite tracking
system for off-road motor sports. System goals are to provide tracking,
picture/video capture, timing and scoring, emergency location data, near
real-time data acquisition, and provide a very user friendly web-based
interface for team crews, sponsors, news media, and the general public.
Winged Heart Incorporated works with Qualcomm, Globalstar USA, and Arcom
Controls to build a prototype vehicle tracking system. The system was tested
at the SCORE International Baja 2000 in Baja California, Mexico. The system
transmitted vehicle position data to a web viewable map and also sent photos
that were captured from an "in car" camera.
Winged Heart Incorporated is founded by Craig Reitz. Divisions of the
company are established for the different focus areas, Winged Heart Services
to provide engineering development, RallyTrack.com brand name is created for
the professional off-road racing markets.
Founder takes a hiatus from commercial sales interface, continues R&D
efforts, and patiently waits for the commercial satellite communications
industry to catch up with his visions.
Founder of Winged Heart Services refocuses tracking system towards upcoming
commercial satellite communications industry. Business activity is limited
purely to research and development.
Winged Heart Services designs and prototypes a VHF based radio modem that
sends vehicle ID and GPS information. The information is parsed at the
receiving end with proprietary software so it can be displayed on an
off-the-shelf map software.
Collaborative efforts are ended and Craig Reitz forms a sole proprietorship
in San Luis Obispo to fill the void. Winged Heart Services sold GPS
equipment, data acquisition equipment, and ruggedized laptops to the
off-road motor sports industry and automotive manufacturer's proving
grounds. Winged Heart Services also provided GPS based mapping and logistics
services for off-road races.
Founder, Craig Reitz, invited to be a part of a pioneering effort to use
satellite communication and GPS to track off-road race vehicles with a
collaborative effort between Trimble Navigation, GM Light Truck and Bus
Division, GM Hughes Network Systems, and Team McPherson Motor sports