The Chalmers Fence
​The Chalmers Fence in Scandinavium 2016​​

Photo: Jonas Stenström

Gothenburg Horse Show 2016

As part of the investment in sports-related research at Chalmers University of Technology, we developed a "smart fence" for the 2016 Gothenburg Horse Show. This was the first time a fence was equipped with sensors that register the distance between the pole and the horse's hooves. The results were displayed to the audience during the competitions. Our vision is that the technology developed will be used as a training tool to find the most effective way of jumping and to minimize wear and tear of the horse’s joints.

A project group consisting of eight students from seven different educational programmes at Chalmers used engineering and design skills to develop the winning entry in a design contest among Chalmers students. In the process, the students met many challenges such as using materials that are light without making the fence prone to tip over, making sure the sensors register the “correct” data – and not e.g. the horse’s tail – and that they are capable of adjusting to slopes in the riding surface, and ensuring wireless data transfer in surroundings where many other sources of communication may interfere. In addition, all the details of the fence were manufactured and painted by hand.

Press images:

The Chalmers Fence in Scandinavium March 25

Photo: Jonas Stenström


Chalmers students Linnéa Sjöberg and Åsa Rogenfelt performing tests with the sensors

Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist


Sandra Gustafsson, with the horse Kaminskij, Swedish Champion in eventing, testing the sensors

Photo: Per Thorén


Chalmers students Åsa Rogenfelt and Christos_Saplachidis mounting the sensors

Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist


Sensor mounted on the fence

Photo: Per Thorén

Published: Mon 27 Jan 2020.