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Racing With Cisco

Chris Crum
Staff Writer
Published: 2005-05-28

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The Red Bull Cheever Racing will be using wireless and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology from Cisco Systems at the 89th annual Indianapolis 500.

This technology to will allow engineers, pit crews and ultimately the race car drivers to have immediate access to real time information and statistics throughout the race.

Racing With Cisco
Red Bull Cheever Racing has two cars that will be racing in the Indy 500.These are No. 51, a Toyota-powered Dallara driven by Alex Barron and the No. 83 Toyota/Dallara driven by Patrick Carpentier.

Both drivers and racing crews will be utilizing this innovative technology solution, which includes Cisco Aironet 1100 and 1300 Series Access Points, the Cisco Mobile Access Router and Cisco 7920 Wireless IP Phones with VoIP capabilities. According to Information Week,

One hundred eighty channels of data will be transmitted from the sensory systems over a Wi-Fi network set up throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race cars will feed big chunks of data back to the server, including engine health, vehicle dynamics, and aerodynamics.

Cisco's equipment is rugged enough to handle vibrations and the heat of a race car, which means Cisco should be able to apply it in other similar environments such as the military and law enforcement, Cheever says.


"Cisco is changing the way our team communicates and analyzes data," said Eddie Cheever Jr., owner, Red Bull Cheever Racing. "For example, using the Cisco solution, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a single-lap around the track, we get nearly double the amount of coverage, in the transmission of data from car to engineers, than any other team. This complete footprint of the track means we get crucial information when it happens, without delay. This is the wave of the future and we are extremely excited to partner with Cisco in this project."

"Cisco is excited to be teaming with Red Bull Cheever Racing to bring this first-of-its-kind technology solution to the Indianapolis 500, the biggest spectator sporting event in the world," said Greg Akers, SVP and CTO of Cisco's Global Government Solutions Group. "By utilizing Cisco wireless and VoIP technology, Red Bull Cheever Racing can be more mobile, have real-time access to data, and finally, optimize its race car performance."

A Red Bull Cheever Racing car hasn't won at the Indinapolis 500 since 1998, but the team is hoping that with a little help from Cisco, that will be changed.




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