Back in 2009, a new technology created major buzz in the sim racing community as iOpener Media unveiled their iOpener Enabled technology.
iOpener Enabled gathers real-time GPS data from racing cars and transfers their position on track into a racing simulation, allowing sim racers to compete against real life racing drivers either live while the race is going on or later on in a saved racing session.
The technology was extensively tested using hundreds of community beta testers. While first tests started out rather small with iOpener Enabled tin top racers during test sessions at Zolder, at the height of its popularity iOpener Enabled cars were even racing in a FIA GT Championship practice session, allowing sim racers to virtually join a prestigious racing series.
After the public tests had been completed, iOpener announced to be working on a dedicated iOpener game and things got a bit quiet. This changes now as Fabio Gallo, who has taken over the CEO position from Andy Lürling, has posted a new message on Facebook:
Thanks to everyone who stayed tuned during a long hiatus.
Our company has undergone major changes in ownership, governance and management, but it is still very much alive and kicking.
The iOpener Enabled technology is working exactly as intended.
We can acquire real-time data from racing cars and inject it into simulation racing games, and the results are as accurate and exciting as you would like them to be.
As the new CEO I am committed to making sure that our technology is brought to the market and can be enjoyed by avid sim racing gamers worldwide.
This will happen through a variety of tools and partners, which may include the Real-Time Racing game and portal, but certainly not be limited to it.
You can rest assured that new and visible iOpener Enabled events will take place in the very near future.
Thanks again for your interest and your patience.
I am sure both will be rewarded by exciting news going forward.