McLaren taps Blu Wireless for motorsport wireless broadband

McLaren taps Blu Wireless for motorsport wireless broadband

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By Nick Flaherty

McLaren Applied is to deploy millimetre wave technology from Blu Wireless for ultra high-speed telemetry for motorsport.

The system being rolled out now provides a high speed data pipe that can handle all data and video streams from a race car in real-time that could even be used for gaming.

The system builds on several research programmed and will combine the Blu Wireless mmWave technology with McLaren Applied’s intelligent motorsport gateway on-car telemetry hardware. The latter is also providing systems architecture, integration, and support through its deep knowledge of motorsport requirements and patented software that ensures stable connectivity for vehicles and transportation moving at high speed. The software aggregates data across multiple networks and is a key enabler in the application of the mmWave technology for multi-gigabit connectivity across all race car platforms.

The technology has been successfully tested over the last 12 months across multiple tests in the UK and North America, including demonstrating multiple HD video links on race cars travelling at speeds above 165mph. The tests run by McLaren Applied and Blu Wireless have proven the technology’s capability, with McLaren Applied currently preparing the system for imminent deployment in racing.

“We expect this new technology to deliver an even more engaging race experience for motorsports fans, with the potential to incorporate live gaming and other forms of interaction,” said Sam Guest, Head of Motorsport Telemetry, Control & Analytics at McLaren Applied.

Mark Halliday, Head of Product and Programmes, Connected Intelligence added: “The new collaboration with Blu Wireless is aimed at bringing a step change in connectivity in the harshest of race environments by offering new levels of speed and stability to inform race-winning strategies”.

“The application we’ve developed with our partner McLaren Applied is a perfect fit for the types of environments and high speeds within which the race cars are performing. Our robust, gigabit connectivity and tailored system is certain to deliver real-time, almost life-like experience and will enhance the nail biting excitement of motorsport for viewers,” said Mark Barrett, Chief Commercial Officer at Blu Wireless.;


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