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LTE Campus Network at Le Mans

Speed // Endurance // Concentration

These three features form the fundamentals for participating the race at 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world´s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The challenge is to drive most kilometers in 24 hours. This demanding and dangerous contest attratcs about 250.000 spectators every year.

PROVIDING A PRIVATE LTE CAMPUS NETWORK FOR THE WHOLE CIRCUIT

In racing, decisions must be made in fractions of a second to have the decisive advantage in the field of the driver. As is known, the driver and the team are supported by a variety of technical systems that monitor the performance of the race car and are also crucial for the race strategy. The exchange of telemetry data in real time between race car and team stand is an essential and critical component, as the connectivity has to be guaranteed consistently high under all influences.

Because we are well served with the collection of telemetry data, Bosch has chosen Smart Mobile Labs as its preferred partner.

With the willingness to provide LTE coverage for the race that fulfills the criteria of speed, endurance and continuity and thereby ensuring LIVE TRANSMISSION as well as the COLLECTION OF RACECAR METADATA, we provided a:

        PRIVATE LTE CAMPUS NETWORK

The Campus Network is based on a private 4G/5G network and enables communications regardless of the carrier. It is ideal for tests or for use on factory premises and integrable into global market-leading base stations.

While in many races the organizer and the teams rely on public mobile networks with bandwidth limits and availability, Smart Mobile Labs has installed an alternative private campus network with LTE standard at Le Mans races. A 40m high LTE antenna was mounted to be able to completely cover the entire race track of 13.6km with a maximum extension from north peak to south peak of about 6km.

Bosch Motorsport used the technology of Smart Mobile Labs to support the teams of Ford, Ginetta, and Porsche. In parallel, a total of 22 data streams were managed, 11 mobile transmitters in 7 racing cars and 11 transmitters at fixed locations. A look at the traffic values (second picture), measured by Smart Mobile Labs, underlines the high and reliable performance of the Private Campus Network.

 

With the race in Le Mans Smart Mobile Labs can refer to another successfully implemented project in the field of Private Campus Networks. Realized was also a project at the 24hrs race at the Nürburgring.