In a deal worth $28 Million, Siemens will be supplying and implementing the electronics and IT infrastructure for India’s F1 track in Noida.
With Michael Schumacher’s departure and subsequent joining of Mercedes my loyalties were split & interest in F1 kept falling. However with Force India I continued to keep an eye on what’s happening. With Vijay Mallaya’s team, hopes of an Indian circuit grew and now a F1 race in India isn’t that far.
The India GP track is I 5.14km long and will host the 18th race in the next season on October 30th. Jaypee Sports International is constructing the track and has signed a $28 Million with Siemens for the electronics and IT implementation. Siemens will design, supply and install all the electronics for the track. The package includes:
- Race control management system,
- Video surveillance for racetrack and video storage,
- Digital Signaling system (Digi Flag),
- Time keeping system
- VoIP and data networks,
- Information displays and media distribution system for media centre
Siemens, in the past has worked on F1 tracks in Bahrain, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia, they expect to complete the project by July 2011.
In a statement, Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO of Jaypee Sports International said Siemens’ past successes and a recommendation from the F1 governing council (FIA World Motor Sports Council), was the reason why they opted for Siemens.
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