Tata to manage trackside connectivity for Mercedes AMG Petronas
By Digital News Asia April 25, 2013
- Tata Communications to deliver trackside connectivity for the team at all F1 race locations
- Improved trackside connectivity will enable team to react more quickly to developments at the track
TATA Communications announced that it has been appointed ‘official managed connectivity supplier’ to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team.
The partnership will see Tata Communications delivering trackside connectivity for the team at all Formula One race locations, using its global network, Tata Communications said in a statement.
The company said it would work closely with Mercedes AMG Petronas to deliver high-speed secure trackside connectivity, enabling the team to transfer vital real-time data from the Silver Arrow cars at any Grand Prix location to its headquarters in the United Kingdom, three times faster than at present.
The improved trackside connectivity will enable the team to react more quickly to developments at the track and help to increase car performance, Tata Communications said.
“Formula One relies on data and the ability to transfer our data from the track back to our factories in Brackley and Brixworth quickly and securely,” said Ross Brawn, team principal of Mercedes AMG Petronas.
“The Tata Communications global network will play a key role in the team’s performance and our ability to react over the race weekends.
“Having Tata Communications on-site at the race track to work with the team will be a big asset in our demanding and fast-paced environment, and we look forward to developing a close working relationship with them as we strive to achieve our ambitions in Formula One,” he said.
Mehul Kapadia, managing director of F1 Business at Tata Communications, said: “The modification and improvement of car set-up and handling is a constant during the race season, and being able to share richer data and to report issues back from trackside to the factory in real-time provides a competitive edge in car performance, both in speed and also in handling and stability.
“Providing three times faster connectivity for Mercedes AMG Petronas via Tata Communications’ global network means that the team has access to secure and agile trackside connectivity regardless of race location – it showcases our expertise and speed to lead when it comes to global connectivity, and reinforces our ongoing commitment to technology innovation within Formula One,” he said.
Part of the worldwide Tata group, Tata Communications owns and maintains a complete ring of cables around the world including the world’s first wholly-owned subsea fiber ring to circle the globe.
The company said its global network comprises over 500,000 km of subsea cable and over 200,000 km of terrestrial network fiber, allowing a data transfer capacity of one terabit per second, high bandwidth availability and seamless scalability.
In February 2012, it announced a multi-year technology service and marketing agreement with Formula One Management to deliver world-class connectivity to all Formula One race locations over its world-first wholly-owned subsea fiber ring. It also provides global hosting and content delivery services to the official Formula One website.
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