SDx Technologies to be adopted by McLaren-Honda

McLaren-Honda, a pioneering provider of Formula 1 motor racing for over 50 years, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432), has announced that NTT Communications´ software-defined-everything (SDx) technologies will be incorporated for the first time in a track-side network connecting the Suzuka Circuit in Japan and the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK during the 2017 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, the company said.

By adopting NTT Communications´ SDx technologies, McLaren-Honda plans to implement a series of tests during the Japanese Grand Prix to strengthen its remote management of race strategy using telemetry data provided at extra high speed. NTT Communications´ secure ICT infrastructure is expected to control network bandwidth flexibly and efficiently in testing the speed and quality of the new software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN)´s greatly increased bandwidth. Data will also be transmitted between Japan and the UK via an existing MPLS circuit.

The SD-WAN will offer expanded bandwidth and highly efficient data transmission in response to data priority by combining the existing MPLS circuit and NTT Communications´ complementary circuits, including internet, constructed at the circuit.

NTT Communications, beginning from this year´s racing season, is also providing McLaren-Honda with its Arcstar Universal One enterprise VPN network service to deliver fast and flexible communication to the company´s 16 global offices.

Data is shared widely in real-time, including at track and the team´s headquarters in a coordinated effort to plan and implement real-time racing strategies faster than the competition. In-race transmissions can reach as much as 100GB of data — covering race-site weather, engine speeds, brake pressures, fuel levels, tire air pressure, on-board video, and more — this data is collected from 200 sensors and cameras embedded in a race car.

Since 1963, McLaren Racing has become one of the most successful and ground-breaking teams in Grand Prix motor racing, creating some of the most iconic Formula 1 cars in the sport´s history.

From its humble roots in a small workshop in New Malden, Surrey, where Bruce McLaren pulled together a small crew of committed individuals to design, build and race cars bearing his own name, McLaren Racing is now based at the famous McLaren Technology Centre, Woking – home to all of the team´s businesses, and workplace to more than 3,000 people. For any organisation, that´s quite an incredible transformation. Yet the company´s sporting successes have equally blossomed beyond measure since those early days.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company´s worldwide infrastructure, including the global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal Oneâ„¢ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications´ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.