Sometimes it is hard to tell which fitness machines are more used than others just by looking at the inventory. The IoT in sports sensors allow gym owners to collect and analyze real-time data on their equipment to understand which machines are at risk of breaking down during a workout session. Also, sensors help detect which machines are in high demand and causing the most waiting time for customers. When strategically placed, such devices can also detect infrastructural damage, such as pipe leakage and system failure.
Fitness IoT devices planted at different locations at the gym will help the owner manage the whole facility. For example, sensors can notify gym staff when a trash bin is full and when paper towels are finished, and sanitizers are empty.
IoT sports technology can also monitor the environment at the gym like temperature, humidity, and lighting, and adjust these parameters accordingly. This will help reduce expenses by optimizing energy usage and prevent revenue losses, as customers might switch to another gym if they are unhappy with the current situation. One study estimates
that a gym with poor ventilation can lose up to $38,500 of its annual revenue due to people not being able to handle foul sweat smells.
Another IoT project in sports comes from Finland. The city of Helsinki used Kaltiot’s IoT technology to track the usage
of its 160 outdoor gyms. These are very expensive to maintain traditionally using scheduled maintenance checks. Kaltiot developed tracking solutions that can work in Finland’s harsh climate and gather data on equipment utilization. Harri Uusimäki, Helsinki’s lead maintenance manager for outdoor recreation areas described the benefits of the gathered data as follows: “The data obtained with Kaltiot’s tracking solution is an untouched area in fitness research. We are getting a huge amount of data which enables us to install the right number of the right kinds of outdoor fitness devices in the right places. With this data, we can purchase the devices that best serves and most interests users.”