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BT is boosting Britain's bid for America's Cup

Americas Cup

BT has delivered 4G and fixed networks to help the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing team try to win the America’s Cup.

As the team’s official technology in sustainability partner, BT has delivered Virtual Chase Boat.

This allows data about the catamaran’s performance and sailing and weather conditions to be collected and transmitted from the boat to the team’s operations centres in Bermuda and the UK. It’s analysed and fed back to the crew to help improve the boat’s performance and support their bid to become the first British team to win the America’s Cup.

BT has installed a military-grade, private 4G wireless link to transmit data and video footage from the boat back to base. Our high-speed global MPLS network then connects the support team in Bermuda with the technical team in Portsmouth. Virtual Chase Boat removes the need to send engineers in a powerboat to follow the catamaran to capture and analyse data. That substantially reduces the team’s emissions and carbon footprint.

Howard Watson (CEO Technology, Serivce & Operations) says that BT’s networking and Big Data expertise will help the teams on both sides of the Atlantic deliver better performance from the boat. It’s all about BT’s ability to help the support teams and crew make better tactical decisions through access to better quality data in real-time.

This is a new operational model for the sailing sport and removes a powerboat from the water every sailing day, significantly reducing the team’s carbon footprint and increasing our efficiency.