Renowned for our specialism in aviation and motorsport, Voip Unlimited bring Sahara Force India Formula One team into new speeds. In the high-octane industry of Formula One racing, mere tenths of seconds can separate winners from losers. Consequently, the race to provide ultra-fast networks to this year’s F1 championship meant they needed connectivity services they could rely on. As a result, the margin of error was little to none.
Sahara Force India work to the finest detail to improve car performance. This means data transfer and speed of connectivity is paramount to their success.
Time in a wind tunnel can cost millions of dollars and so any loss of connectivity can be extremely damaging. Sahara Force India needed a supplier who could speak the same sporting technology language, with a reputation of delivering solutions that work, with no excuses.
Through knowing Voip Unlimited as a favoured supplier in the F1 industry, who were already aware of the requirements, restrictions and expectations of F1 technology, Sahara Force India approached Voip to provide a bespoke and reliable service.
Voip Unlimited took the time to investigate what the Formula One team’s requirements were and what options were currently available to them. The engineers with specialism in Motorsport industries concluded that sophisticated MPLS & VPN services would enable the team to continue its competitive edge. With volume and speed as priorities, Voip Unlimited securely connected the team’s wind tunnel in Europe back to its HQ in Silverstone.
Formula One racing, mere tenths of seconds can separate winners from losers
“We generate vast amounts of data from the track, the wind-tunnel and our various simulations so it is imperative that we can ship this data to where it is needed. If connectivity was compromised, we would lose our competitive edge. I had worked with Voip Unlimited with previous Formula One teams and instantly knew we needed their backing at Sahara Force India.
From a sanity checking, two-way street point of view, it is extremely reassuring to have a supplier with the right technical knowledge for our particular industry. Formula One is unforgiving when it comes to technology, so I needed to use a supplier who could deliver on its promise. To have a company that could fill in the gaps has prevented us from running into problems at a later date. Also, many larger providers cannot provide the bespoke solutions offered by Voip Unlimited.”
Bill Peters, IT Director of Sahara Force India Formula One Team
Voip Unlimited’s technical partnership for the Formula One Team means Sahara can trust and rely on their connection to safely and quickly transport the large amounts of data from its European wind tunnel back to its UK HQ on a regular basis. The speed of which this is transported live back to the UK means the team can analyse and make decisions on the all-important Formula One car. The car itself is designed and manufactured in house with over 1500 components made from steel, aluminum, carbon fibre and 3D printed materials
Formula 1 Technology representatives need security, reliability, confidentiality and a self-serve agreements. Our relationship with F1 teams are a Technical Partnership support based on flexibility and responsiveness, the industry waits for no one. We enjoy doing tailored solutions and as a born and bred techy myself I enjoy some of the challenges given to us by this industry. I could not be prouder of the progress Sahara Force India are making; we are an extremely proud Official Supplier.
Mark Pillow, MD of Voip Unlimited