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Tata, Mercedes, explore IoT potential in F1 racing

Tata Communications and Mercedes F1 team launch first challenge of 2017 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize

Tata, Mercedes, explore IoT potential in F1 racing
For a chance of winning the USD $50,000 grand prize, fans and technologists need to design an IoT solution that helps Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport enhance its competitiveness.

Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider to Formula 1 and the official managed connectivity supplier of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, is today launching the 2017 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize and unveiling the first challenge of this year’s competition – with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The first challenge, set by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, asks F1 fans and technology enthusiasts to come up with ideas for IoT solutions that could be used by the team to deliver peak performance at each Grand Prix.

For a chance of winning the USD $50,000 Grand Prize, fans and technologists need to design an IoT solution that helps Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to enhance its competitiveness across three key areas: human performance, race operations and logistics management. It should show how team members, equipment and workspaces could be converted into always-connected beings and ‘things’.

By harnessing the power of the IoT and real-time data analytics, the solution should empower Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to track, monitor and manage everything in real-time. This includes minimising the impact of jet lag on engineers and drivers, maximising the performance of an array of off-car components, such as tyre blankets and data storage units, and ensuring the timely arrival of freight at each race venue.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver and three-time F1 champion, will be one of the judges. Additionally, Former F1 race driver and F1 commentator for Sky Sports Martin Brundle, James Allison, technical director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Mehul Kapadia, managing director of F1 business at Tata Communications and guest judge Ross Brawn, managing director of motorsports, Formula One Group, will help pick the ultimate grand prize winner.

The judges will pick three winners from each of the two challenges of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The six winners will be awarded trips to the 2017 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the jury will announce the winner.

The closing date for the first challenge is 15th June 2017. The second challenge will be set by Formula One Group on 13th July 2017, in the run-up to the 2017 British Grand Prix.

As the official managed connectivity supplier to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Tata Communications significantly speeded up data transfer for the team, enabling real-time communications between the trackside and the team’s factory in the UK, and paving the way for the team to develop new ways to use data.

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