Posted on April 30, 2011

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital (ASPETAR) have partnered with Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to showcase an innovative monitoring technology, Rasad, at the Boston Marathon recently.

QFI Executive Director, Maggie Salem, used QSTP new monitor device (Rasad) in Boston Marathon. She participated in the race as a volunteer runner on the Boston Arts Academy’s team, a member of QFI’s Global Schools Network. The Rasad platform has been recognised as a valuable tool to manage the performance of athletes by providing accurate data on their physiological capabilities. It has improved athletes’ or amateurs’ performances by monitoring their physiological state during training.

A recent application of the platform has been in monitoring endurance horses. Rasad IT Manager at QSTP, Abdulla al Naimi said, “This is a perfect collaboration and chance to showcase how Rasad monitors the physiological state in real time. We provided Maggie with the best conditions to assist her in performing well at the race.

The Rasad platform allowed a variety of different sensors to collect data as Salem ran the 26-mile marathon and accurately transmitted the information wirelessly to a central server that will process the data, providing real time customised graphical interfaces as well as alarms per predefined physiological conditions in the platform.” Salem said, “Running in the Boston Marathon did not only aid important research and technology development for endurance athletes but it also raised money for the Boston Arts Academy - the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts.” This was her first time to run a Marathon.

QFI started an Arabic Language and Culture programme at Boston Arts Academy high school in 2009. The programme provides an opportunity for students from a wide variety of backgrounds to acquire basic Arabic language skills, learn about Arab history and culture, and meet Qatari peers through exchange programmes in Doha and the US.

QFI supports Arabic language and culture programmes across the Americas, including in Washington, Honolulu and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

source: Qatar Tribune