IoT will give Williams Martini Racing insight for faster pit crew times

  • Posted on December 21, 2016

IoT for F1

When you’re using technology terms like ‘Digital Workplace’ and ‘Internet of Things’ around the clock in your day job, it’s easy to forget they can be quite abstract and hard to really grasp their added value. So, every now and then, I like to remind myself that there’s nothing like sharing a real-life client example to bring these concepts to life Twitter [CLICK TO TWEET].

Avanade’s latest biometrics work with Williams Martini Racing is a great example of how we’re using IoT (Internet of Things) to maximise business to improve performance in future fast pit stops.

As you can probably imagine, time is truly of the essence when it comes to pit stops in F1. Williams Martini Racing’s pit crew is already one of the strongest in the pit lane, having completed the fastest, record-breaking pit stop of the 2016 season at a mind-blowing 1.92 seconds.

However, enhancing their pit stop performance for the 2017 season is one of their key objectives to maintain a competitive edge against their rivals. And that’s where this new biometrics project comes into play. Helping Williams’ drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll to gain precious time that could improve their track position and give them a greater range of strategy options.

How does it work exactly?

During the 2016 season we equipped the key members of the pit crew with bio-harnesses to capture and evaluate a range of biometric data (heart rate, breathing rate, temperature and peak acceleration). That real-time data from individual team members is uploaded to a database powered by Microsoft Azure, then processed, visualized and displayed on our Avanade Biometrics Analytics Dashboard.

pit crew biometric data

The team’s Human Performance Specialist will use the data to gain a better understanding of the areas that need improvement to ultimately drive changes and achieve consistently fast pit stops. For example, analysis of data gleaned from the bio-harnesses will provide insight into the physiology behind ‘the perfect pit stop’. Further analysis will seek to discover if information from the biometric data can inform specific aspects of the individual’s fitness training objectives. Bespoke performance reports could then emphasise, for example, working in a particular heart rate zone in order to reduce the cardiovascular recovery period. Initial findings are suggestive of other influential factors on performance such as stress and caffeine intake. Targeted training and other actions to improve performance will then be taken ahead of the 2017 F1 season.

Another step on their Digital Workplace journey

Avanade has been working with the Williams Martini Racing team for almost two years now, helping them with their digital transformation journey. They’ve been making considerable headway to create a digital workplace at their factory in Grove, Oxfordshire and at each circuit they visit during the racing season.

We’re enabling Williams to push the boundaries of pit stop potential and to help them use additional data streams to ensure they always stay one step ahead of their rivals. By optimizing the performance of their pit crew, we aim to consistently achieve the quickest pit stop times in 2017 and help the team in their bid to deliver successful performance on track.

I hope this example brought a new perspective to how we’re using Digital Workplace and IoT to help our clients become more competitive. Let us know if you wish to see more client examples by adding your comments under this blog post.

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