The Williams Martini Racing team is using tech to optimise its performance.
Williams Martini Racing will benefit from BT and Avanade technology at this weekend’s British GP, with data and video analysis being used to boost car performance.
Each race produces between 60 and 80 GB of raw data, which needs to be sent securely for analysis. BT provides the 100 Mbps connectivity between the race team at trackside to the race operations centre in Grove, Oxfordshire.
BT has also optimised the network infrastructure with acceleration capabilities, removing latency issues. The team’s fixed and mobile voice needs are brought together by BT into a single service, hosted in the cloud and delivered globally on a range of devices.
The partnership was launched in March, with BT branding now appearing on the headrests of the cars.
In addition, the F1 team has been using a tyre optimisation application from Avanade. This uses data from the Williams trackside WISDOM server, integrating sensor, weather, telemetry and other data feeds in real-time during races.
The raw data around the impact of tyre status on performance is isolated and presented as visual trend lines.
Graeme Hackland, CIO Williams Martini Racing, said: "Instant communication has allowed us to take a step forward. BT has provided us with a secure link from every race track in the world back to the factory in Grove.
"The advice and guidance from BT across the whole landscape of IT challenges, with social, mobile, analytics, cloud, where to put your data and how to make sure it is secure, is absolutely invaluable. Being able to take advantage and benefit from BT’s technology and innovation is tremendously important to Williams."
Gavin Patterson, CEO BT Group, said: "This partnership is about creating possibilities. It is ultimately about the people and enabling Williams to be the best they can be.
"Since it was announced in March our best specialists have been installing very fast, resilient and highly secure network services for Williams all over the world to very tight timescales.
"We share their drive for performance and our technology is being showcased under the most demanding conditions."