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Telecom Sets Up America's Cup Race Data Network

Telecom Sets Up America's Cup Race Data Network

Telecom is setting up its race data network in preparation for the 2002/03 Louis Vuitton Cup and Team New Zealand's defence of the America's Cup. The Louis Vuitton Cup series starts on 1 October.

The race data network transmits data for producing the television graphics which gives viewers a first-hand experience of what's happening on the water.

The network uses Telecom's latest CDMA technology through its 027 network - one of the world's most advanced mobile networks. The network was chosen because as it can transmit regular packets of data quickly, securely, reliably and cost effectively.

John Warne, who manages the technical operations for Telecom for the America’s Cup, said watching the graphics make the racing much easier and more interesting to follow.

"People can get much more involved,” he said.

The race data network consists of a number of ‘orange boxes’ developed for Telecom by ECONZ. They contain a Global Positioning Satelite receiver, a small management computer and a modem that transmits key data from the boats including wind speed, wind direction, latitude and longitude that can then be used to create a graphical presentation of the race.

The data can be sent up to five times a second and is transmitted through mobile sites around the racecourse.

As well as the race data network, which is achieved through co-operation with Team New Zealand and the America's Cup challenger organisation, Telecom provides a range of technology for the America's Cup Louis Vuitton Media Centre and provides other telecommunication services to Team New Zealand.


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