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RaceConnect telemetry system from Bosch Motorsport

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Professional data transmission solution for all motorsport classes

  • Robust and secure radio communications link between the vehicle and pit
  • Straightforward, ready-to-use solution
  • Modular system architecture

Abstatt – Often in motorsport, one hundredth or even just a few thousandths of a second can be the difference between winning and losing. When developing and setting up their racing cars, the teams’ engineers are therefore always working at the extreme physical and technical limits of what is possible. Among the most important tools they use are telemetry systems, which send data and measured values from the vehicle to the racing team’s back-end computers. These computers may be located directly in the pit or in the team’s engineering department and are used to make extremely fine adjustments to the vehicle’s setup during training, qualifying, and throughout the race. “With RaceConnect Bosch Motorsport has now developed an end-to-end telemetry system that provides racing teams with a live transmission, storage and processing solution that is not tied to a particular location”, says Timo Blon, Director Portfolio Strategy and Systems Engineering at Bosch Motorsport. It enables all measurement data and parameters from the vehicle, chassis, and powertrain that are critical for successful racing to be analyzed and optimized quickly and efficiently. Many racing teams are already successfully deploying the RaceConnect solution.

Simply installed for maximum benefit

To use the new telemetry system, teams integrate the LTE65 telemetry modem from Bosch in their vehicles as the transmitter unit. The extremely compact and lightweight module is simply connected directly to the vehicle electronics using the standardized Ethernet or RS232 interface. The modem then uses the LTE cellular network to transmit all the required data using end-to-end encryption to the cloud of the RaceConnect architecture. From there, the data is then sent – likewise via LTE and with end-to-end encryption – to the data engineers and racing team for further processing. A single LTE65 modem unit is needed per vehicle. RaceConnect customers can operate as many modems in parallel as they like and analyze the data provided. This significantly reduces the time, effort, and expenditure for racing teams deploying multiple vehicles. Each telemetry modem can be configured and managed quickly and easily in the cloud using a convenient and clearly structured user interface. Bosch maintains the firmware and keeps it up to date so customers can always deploy the very latest version on their system via regular updates. An experienced support team is always ready to help customers with configuration and any issues that may arise when operating the telemetry system.

Compact, lightweight and robust modem

Bosch has specially designed the LTE65 modem for use in motorsport. “The electronic systems we develop and manufacture in-house offer features like low latency and extremely reliable data communication even at high vehicle speeds and in situations in which the cellular network coverage fluctuates,” says Blon. The compact system measures only 114 x 65.5 x 22 mm, weighs just 180 g, and provides protection against dust and water ingress with an IP67 rating. It is fully compatible with diagnostic tools and has a built-in emergency power supply that can bridge temporary voltage drops in the vehicle’s electrical system. The system meets all data security requirements and is, of course, certified for use in the LTE cellular network.

Holistic package for all motorsport classes

Bosch offers the RaceConnect telemetry system as a complete package. Customers get two LTE65 modems with SIM cards and data plans included – either for the cellular network in Europe or the USA – as well as access to the RaceConnect portal. In future it will also be possible to receive the data via a Web-based portal. “Thanks to the system’s enormous flexibility and ease of use, RaceConnect is ideal for all motorsport classes with the appropriate regulations, from IndyCar to sports car racing, as well as for testing the vehicle’s setup in the run-up to a race,” says Timo Blon.

About Bosch Engineering GmbH

Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,000 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 46.8 billion euros in 2019, and thus contributed 60 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

To learn more, please visit www.bosch.com, iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, twitter.com/BoschPress.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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