F1 speeds up in advanced networking


The 2021 Formula 1 racing season may have fallen into confusion during its thrilling closing Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, but when it comes to the networking industry, there are open roads of opportunity ahead. , as Juniper Networks and Airbus testify on the eve of this year’s F1 final.

Artificial intelligence (AI) network provider Juniper has announced that it has been chosen by Formula 1 team Aston Martin Cognizant to become its official network equipment supplier, while Airbus has revealed that it had extended its support for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this year as F1’s Official Secure Communication Technology Provider in the Emirate for the 5.281 km Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island.

The technical arm of the aerospace giant deployed its line of Tetra and LTE systems to help secure the race venue and keep runners and spectators safe. Airbus’ TH9, TH1n and Tactilon Agnet radio console systems were used by security organizations to collaborate throughout Grand Prix operations. All would have been equipped with modern and reliable features to enable fast and secure coordination between users.

The TH9 Tetra radio, a device preferred among first responders, is designed to provide audio and video capabilities that allow users to operate the device even without looking, while the Tactilon Agnet provides business smartphone users with reliable access to voice, video, multimedia, files and location data. It also enables instant sharing of information between a defined group of people at the push of a button. Its user interface is designed to save vital seconds, especially in an emergency.

“At Airbus, we recognize the importance of a well-designed and effective plan to protect major events,” said Selim Bouri, Head of Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for Airbus Secure Land Communications. “Communication and collaboration play a critical role in the success of any strategy, and this is where our critical radio network solutions come in. Our technologies are specifically designed to meet the communication needs of various events and industries.

“We are honored that our solutions have played an important role in the successful organization of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This prestigious motor racing event allows us to demonstrate our business commitment to providing essential secure communications to Abu Dhabi and the surrounding communities. United Arab Emirates. “

As part of its partnership with Formula 1 team Aston Martin Cognizant, Juniper will deliver what it describes as an “agile and highly automated network platform on the racing team’s new technology campus, including the completion is currently scheduled for early 2023 ”.

He added, “The team said the decision to form the partnership was straightforward: With a greater emphasis on secure networking to support any modern business, the organization wanted to work with a vendor who understood the benefits. cloud-based wired and wireless security. networking solutions capable of withstanding the sophisticated and data-intensive demands of a Formula 1 team operating on multiple continents.

The Juniper Networks brand first appeared on the AMR21, on the car halo, during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

“We are delighted to be able to announce this new partnership with Juniper Networks,” said Jefferson Slack, general manager, sales and marketing, Formula 1 team Aston Martin Cognizant. “The secure networking needs of a Formula 1 team are vast: we need the ultimate in performance, flexibility and intelligence, all delivered without compromise. And that applies just as much to our wayside operations, which demand an immediate and intolerant failure response, as it does to our factory networking requirements, which must be robust but fully scalable. Juniper’s adaptive and automated solutions are a perfect fit for our new smart factory build.

Mike Marcellin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Juniper networks, added: “The values ​​that fuel our two organizations are truly aligned and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, for example, working together on a range of sustainability projects that are equally relevant in their world and ours. .

“Like virtually all organizations today, the Formula 1 Aston Martin Cognizant team relies on its network and therefore expects an ever-superior user experience for every employee, including engineers, pilots, technicians, race strategists and administrators. Juniper looks forward to providing the team with a cutting-edge network portfolio as it continues its ambitious expansion and development program. “