Press Release: July 22, 2003
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HP Creates Advanced Wireless Environment for BMW WilliamsF1 Team

For First Time at Silverstone Grand Prix, BMW WilliamsF1 Team Benefits From Mobility
PALO ALTO, CALIF., JULY 22, 2003
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HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the creation of a mobile environment for the BMW WilliamsF1 racing team. Introduced for the first time at the Silverstone Grand Prix, HP's wireless technology links the IT infrastructure at the track, including the pit wall, garage, mobile data centre truck and the BMW WilliamsF1 and HP motorhomes, bringing efficiency gains to the racing team from the setup of the IT infrastructure to instant and constant access to data.

The BMW WilliamsF1 team attends 16 Grand Prix races and 30 test sessions in 15 countries across five continents each year. Built for this truly mobile business, the wireless solution enables the setup of a complete IT infrastructure at each of these events in a short timeframe, saving costs and reducing transportation time, which allow the team more time for perfecting the car.

"By implementing a fast and secure wireless infrastructure, HP is bringing a new mobile experience to Grand Prix races," said Andrew Collis, director, Global F1 and Corporate Sponsorships, HP EMEA. "The increased mobility and access to data now allows the BMW WilliamsF1 Team to run complex simulations to increase the overall performance of the car anytime and anywhere within the wireless network."

The team's engineers will benefit directly from the mobility, speed and flexibility the wireless system offers by being able to view live telemetry data for analysis. With the limited time available before qualifying and before each race, drivers will also benefit because they can see overlays of data far more quickly to ensure optimum performance of the car and themselves. Guests and the operation teams will also have wireless access to e-mail and information in the guest area and the HP motorhome.

Using wireless local area network (WLAN) technology, operating within a 2.4 GHz frequency range and with 11 megabytes per second (Mbps) of bandwidth, speeds up the data capture process and engineers are free to roam the garage after a session with constant access to networked data so it can be analysed in real time and used to improve the performance and reliability of the car. Sensors are placed around the car that indicate to the engineers how particular set-ups affect the car's performance. Measurement includes nearly everything that's happening -- from the engine speed to position of the steering wheel. All the data is centralised, digitised and wirelessly transmitted from the car to the team's servers in the pits.

Engineers using HP's innovative mobile devices are able to analyse data alongside the driver in the garage, viewing all the relevant information on the screen while making adjustments and notes. HP's ultra-light, ultra-portable notebook and Tablet PCs offer unprecedented versatility and mobility with built-in wireless connectivity. HP's Tablet PCs are particularly useful because they offer several input methods, including an electronic pen. The HP iPAQ Pocket PC is a versatile alternative, enabling engineers to carry a smaller subset of telemetry information in their pockets.

Security is of paramount importance to BMW WilliamsF1 Team as it is to any enterprise environment. By utilising a mobile IT infrastructure the team has had to address the threat of potential security breaches by anyone in the vicinity. HP is able to provide high standards of data security using 802.11b wireless technology with the correct firmware releases and patches, smart cards, access points, bridges, added encryption data, closed wireless networks and VPN client software.

HP plans to support the team with expanded wireless infrastructure speed, capability and levels of security in the future.

"We have made full use of HP's knowledge of mobile technology, from wireless infrastructure, management and implementation to wireless applications and mobile access devices," said Neil Davis, IT development manager at WilliamsF1. "In a sport as competitive as F1 there is no doubt that success on the racetrack depends critically on making effective use of leading-edge information technology. We will continue to work with HP in the future implementing new mobility solutions and innovative wireless applications as wireless technology itself develops."

About the Sponsorship

HP enters its fourth year as principal sponsor to the BMW WilliamsF1 team during the 2003 season. HP enables the team to focus on racing by providing products, technologies, solutions and services that supports car design, performance management, manufacturing and testing telemetry.

In addition to the WLAN connecting the servers with state-of-the-art tablet, desktop and notebook PCs, HP provides integrated information and communication technologies, including:

  • IT strategy development, integration and support;

  • 24/7 global support on track, at tests and at BMW WilliamsF1 team headquarters;

  • Two HP AlphaServer supercomputers (HPC320 and SC40 cluster);

  • A transportable data center featuring two HP ProLiant DL380 G2 servers;

  • Printing and imaging solutions, which form an integral part of the design and manufacturing process (Two HP Designjet 1050C and one HP Designjet 500 PS, one HP LaserJet 9000 N and a variety of HP LaserJet, Deskjet and inkjet printers)

HP Services provides 24-hour trackside support during every race weekend. Currently provided on four continents, this support is planned to be extended to Bahrain and Shanghai in 2004. It relies on a combination of a dedicated onsite technical specialist and on-call backup from nominated local service engineers.

Additional information is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_kits/2003/f1/index.html.

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