Fitness Centers Pump Up IoT Technology

Create: 12/04/2017 - 18:34
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The local gym is moving from dumbbells to smart tools, as fitness clubs are starting to drastically modify their offerings to accommodate the changing workout landscape. The necessities of increasing efficiency and providing a better user experience are clear to business owners, and the tools to do so are at their fingertips.

One solution provider, Advantech based in Milpitas, CA, is focused on using embedded technology for better training at the gym. A leader in innovative embedded and automation products and solutions, Advantech offers a handful of IoT and connected devices that maximize the fitness center experience. From biometric member check-in to workout equipment that automatically calibrates to a user’s personal strength capabilities, the gym of the future will have the technology to push fitness training to an elite new level.

The Ultimate Advantech Fitness Center

Advantech has a portfolio of technologies that help fitness centers regulate everything from the air quality in the spinning room to the multimedia screens on each treadmill. Here’s a sampling of what the company is integrating into fitness centers:

Web access and indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring: WebAccess+IAQ visualizes air information collected by sensors, making indoor air quality management easier. With powerful database management capabilities, fitness centers can create air quality analysis reports, reduce personnel costs and contribute to achieving a healthy exercise environment. These tools help to ensure public health and safety and maintain consistent energy efficiency.

Interactive multimedia broadcast system: An interactive multimedia system offers the option for customized content, advertisements and new offers. Queuing status can be updated, and the fitness centers can display media on digital terminals or multi-display video walls, depending upon the needs at each location.

Beyond these smart gym solutions, Advantech offers digital signage applications, including multi-functional all-in-one touch computers and media platforms. Each supports a multitude of media types, including interactive apps, Internet, TV and videos. Individual display terminals have the capability of being controlled, backed up and restored remotely.

 

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Fitness center self-service system: To improve customer experience by decreasing wait times at service counters, a self-service system allows members to use a membership card to access their online account, workout schedule, register for classes and send payments. Members have more control over their exercise routines, and business owners can streamline operations and improve service levels.

Another benefit involves membership data that the system collects. Owners can use this data to develop customized loyalty programs aligned with the needs of every member. The self-service terminals provide information via the interactive digital signage displays.

Embedded systems: Supporting multiple applications, Advantech’s multifunctional all-in-one touch computers include several functions, including self check-in, loyalty programs, entertainment and smart training programs. Members can track their fitness progress while having access to customizable music and video content, keeping them engaged and entertained while exercising.

An added benefit is the diverse set of available peripheral systems, allowing owners to enhance their services. Bar code scanners, or NFC (RFID) readers, allow members to register for classes online or check-in using their membership card. These embedded systems help to increase attendance, while improving the overall exercise experience.

Team Fitness: Intel, Advantech, Wind River

Advantech notes that consumer expectations around fitness consoles are shaped by the interactive experiences delivered by smart tablets and smart phones. A healthy 76 percent of fitness club members bring a mobile device with them, according to a report by Health Strategy Solutions. With this in mind, cardio equipment manufacturers must design in-fitness consoles that provide high-quality audio and video, offer connectivity to mobile devices and integration to consumer applications.

In response to these demands, Intel, Advantech and Wind River have joined forces to create the Diamond Field fitness console. Built by Advantech and powered by the Intel Atom™ processor N2930, the console features integrated Android OS software support from Wind River. With a standard, open-frame platform, it delivers performance, low power, robust connectivity and OS support for Windows, Linux and Android. A connected stand-alone device, the console provides users with access to entertainment, social media and training applications.  

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Patricia Schnaidt
Patricia Schnaidt is an expert business technology writer. She has held top publishing and editorial positions at InternetWeek, Network Computing, Windows Magazine and LAN Magazine. Schnaidt has written countless articles, lectured extensively, and authored "Enterprise-wide Networking" (Prentice-Hall). She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia College, Columbia University.

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