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How Red Bull Racing uses IoT to win

Jon Gold | June 21, 2017
IoT sensor data gathered during race informs future designs .

That said, the team doesn’t do the heavy computational lifting at the racetrack itself – instead, thanks to an MPLS connection and Citrix’s XenDesktop virtualization software, the hard work is done by Red Bull’s data center in the U.K.

“A number of these applications and data viewer are very graphically intensive, and there’s also some [issues] of latency, Citrix allows us to do this very graphical content that was generated and hosted on systems at the track and then run those apps at a remote location back in the U.K. in our operations room,” Cadieux said.

This means that only 60 of Red Bull’s 700 or so employees need to travel with the team as engineers and mechanics, while most can remain behind in the U.K., working on sophisticated CAD, computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamic simulations.

“One thing we’re very good at is simulations and analytics,” he said. “We’ve had sensors in the car with real-time feeds to make decisions in very small timescales, we’ve been doing that for 13 years.”

The system takes “a three-figure number” of megabytes per second worth of bandwidth. Outages are rare, according to Cadieux, and generally happen within the last few hundred meters at the track, thanks to unshielded fiber cables and the like. Backup servers travel with the team in case something breaks.

“Our disaster recovery business continuity plan is to have local compute,” said Cadieux.

 

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