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06/14/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2018 11:12

How Data Has Become An Important Part of MotoGP Racing

What do MotoGP racing motorcycles and data have in common? These days, they both move at incredible speeds. On the newly resurfaced tracks, such as the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, racers face challenges in managing their movements to reach the finish line as quickly and as safely as possible. In a similar way, data in your media and broadcasting environment must be well managed, secure, and speedy for it to be useful.

And here is where data comes in, and as more than just a comparison to motorcycle racing. With recordings of the race from onboard and other cameras, the Ducati team has a great opportunity to take that data and improve the team's performance.

How Data Has Become an Important Part of Racing

During a very interesting weekend, I was hosted by the Dorna Sports technical team. This team has produced a unique and powerful combination of creativity and technological innovation in the media and broadcasting landscape. To understand a part of that innovation, my hosts gave me the opportunity to visit their museum of onboard cameras.

At the museum, I learned that the first onboard camera recordings were taken at the TT Circuit Assen racetrack in 1985. Randy Mamola won that race in wet conditions, and because the very first onboard recordings were from a single, unidirectional camera, they didn't show any other bikes in the race. Since that time, onboard cameras have evolved in a massive way.

Today's technology is really impressive. A dual-processor ECU manages up to eight inputs, and a MotoGP bike can host up to four cameras (front, inside, rear, and tail). With the development of 4K and of gyroscopes, together with continual development of the algorithms and software, Dorna can produce spectacular images and can develop sophisticated, intelligent frames-catching the best of the action. This superior level of video quality enhances the level of the show that the media company can broadcast, and it also allows Dorna to sell a unique entertainment experience with its VideoPass. (You can check out the pass at

Data has been fundamental to driving this development. On average, more than 130 cameras are distributed around the racing circuit and on bikes. And with the dawn of 4K and the use of side cameras, onboard cameras can take in 2,500 frames per second. An impressive amount of data must be managed, with an intake of metadata coming from sensors such as for speed, lean angle, gear, throttle, and engine-braking RPM.

In particular, slow-motion images help racing teams improve bike behavior and aerodynamics on the track. With high-performance computing and with the wise use of these resources, teams like Ducati can massively improve their bikes aerodynamically, electronically, and mechanically.

Why Superior Data Management Is Crucial

This level of recorded detail might make you think that managing such a huge amount of data is an issue. On the contrary, the huge amount of data has never been a big problem. Reliability, security, and performance, however, are the issues that broadcasters and media companies like Dorna must overcome.

That's why many media companies have turned to NetApp® E-Series storage. When paired with leading workflow systems, NetApp E-Series storage has become the basis for new broadcast and postproduction solutions for workgroups of every size. E-Series storage gives you maximum uptime with optimized reliability, availability, and scalability built into the system. With fully redundant I/O paths, advanced data protection features, and extensive diagnostic capabilities, E-Series systems enable you to achieve greater than 99.999% availability. You also get superior data integrity and data security.

'Our E-Series solutions are widely used in production environments by media and broadcasting players,' said NetApp media and broadcasting market experts Larry Gartee and Macky Beheshti. 'E-Series systems provide great data ingestion and retrieval performance, reliability, and resilience on transport.'

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