Fibrenetix: Capturing and securing Real-Life Data to boost innovation and improve performance


Fibrenetix have shared a case study that shows how their products can have a huge say in elite motorsport when it comes to logging and capturing valuable data

High-end motorsports are well-known for pushing the boundaries of technological design.

They provide spectacular entertainment to millions of fans in this way, but many people are unaware of how motorsports such as Formula 1, Rally, Formula E and others impact the items we use every day.

Formula One and other type of Motorsport racing are a vast powerhouse of research and development. Technologies produced within the confines of racing team factories find their way into other industries, simplifying, safer and more efficient living.

Improving Public Transportation

Many people are unaware of how racing technologies has benefited public transportation. Using some of the data telemetry technologies used in Formula 1, network designers were able to develop connected road, rail, and subterranean infrastructure systems by leveraging 5G infrastructure.

The technology is also used to manage air traffic as well as land traffic, with air traffic controllers employing it to predict late and irregular departures and arrivals. As in motorsport, they accomplish this by performing several simulations to provide reliable forecasts. Air traffic controllers will profit from less congestion and fewer emissions from flights waiting to land.

Telemetry is the Key

Recent years have seen significant development in racing. By processing data from more than 300 sensors from various devices placed at various positions in an F1 car, race engineers can monitor and enhance the car’s performance thanks to telemetry sensors. Real-time measurements may be made on hundreds of parameters. Using the antenna on the front of the vehicle, a logger collects all the data before transmitting it to the teams via radio waves.

The race car is just the top of the iceberg

Heavily data-driven, the teams are relying on data received over the paddock’s 5 Mbps telemetry link as well as data offloaded from various onboard loggers to allow engineers at the paddock and back at the factory to analyse the performance of the car in isolation as well as perform strategic analysis by studying the performance of other teams.

The current Formula 1 car is an intelligent, networked data system capable of speeds exceeding 200 km/h. Every second, a large amount of data is captured, stored, and transmitted from the cars to the teams, with information ranging from engine temperature to tire wear.

Each car is stubbed with multiple ECUs (Electronic Control Unit). The SECU is a small but extremely powerful computer that controls, analyses, and communicates massive volumes of data from F1 cars to teams.

The SECU is the primary data storage and acquisition service, providing real-time values to teams and race control via telemetry. This allows teams to see their cars’ performance in real-time, including engine health, tire wear, and fuel usage.

The vehicle contains over 300 sensors and the SECU monitors over 4,000 parameters. During a typical race, the car will transmit approximately 3 GB of telemetry data and approximately 4 GB of logging; however, this is only the seed for computation. When paired with other sources such as audio and video streams, a team can leave a typical race weekend with over several terabytes of critical data – data that will be used again and again before and throughout future races and seasons.

In applications such as Motorsport Industry, which rely heavily on quality and tolerance to harsh environments, highly performing and reliable storage systems are essential.

The Data Acquisition and Mobility segment demand storage systems that consistently operate at peak performance with no sign of slowing down. System and disk failure is simply not an option. The performance and reliability of every single hard disk drive (HDD) are crucial to conquer projects today and in the future.

Driven to meet and exceed its customers’ evolving requirements, Fibrenetix included Seagate’s EXOS 7E2000 HDDs in a number of its leading rugged storage video servers, developed for the industry’s specific demands.

Built specifically for mission-critical deployments

Fibrenetix manufactures a range of Mobix Rugged Servers for edge processing used in demanding 24×7 data capture and processing operations such as Oil & Gas, Mineral, Wild-life and Climate Monitoring or any sensitive business applications.

The high performance of Seagate Exos 7E2000 incorporated into Fibrenetix Mobix-III enable storage of high-resolution camera feeds or sensors data collection, support for long data retention periods as well as support for great number of camera streams.

Seagate’s EXOS series provides a reliable basis for comprehensive video analytics.


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