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Intelsat partners with BMW WilliamsF1 team

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MUMBAI: The BMW WilliamsF1Team has chosen the US based satellite communications company, Intelsat system, to transmit mission-critical information during all European Grand Prix races and testing days.

Beginning this year, Intelsat's 905 satellite at the 335?E orbital location will carry telemetry information about the Formula One race car's performance including heat output, revolutions and engine performance, fuel consumption rates, tire performance and other important data, says a company release.

In addition, Intelsat will also provide a virtual private network and onsite database replication to support the BMW WilliamsF1 Team, says a company release.

"I am delighted that the BMW WilliamsF1 Team will benefit from the vast competence, operational flexibility, satellite reliability and engineering excellence for which Intelsat, which has supported many seminal events in history, is known", said BMW WilliamsF1 team principal Frank Williams.

"Not only is it a privilege to have the endorsement of such a pedigree brand, but self-evidently, Intelsat will make a real contribution to our on-track performances", he added

Intelsat Ltd. COO Ramu Potarazu stated, "The BMW WilliamsF1 Team need now only use one provider, Intelsat, for its European races, supplying it with a robust but simple solution that gives the team constant access to the mission-critical information it needs to win races. Having the chance to work with the BMW WilliamsF1 Team gives Intelsat the opportunity to partner with a top quality organization and provide a winning technology formula to support the overall success of the team."

During race weekends and test days, WilliamsF1 and BMW will alternately have trucks located on-site at the race track and will relay and process telemetry information received directly from the car to the IS-905 satellite.

Information regarding chassis and engine performance will then be sent for analysis to Oxfordshire, UK and Munich, Germany, where WilliamsF1 and BMW are respectively based, confirms the release.

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