Crescent Racing Rapid Network Deployment
Requirement: Rapid Network Deployment
Crescent Racing’s Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team asked its long-term technology partner GCI to provide a connectivity solution that could be utilised no matter where in the world the team was located.
The Crescent Motorcycle Company has 65 years’ experience of supplying motorcycles, parts and accessories, as well as racing competitively for more than 25 years in BSB, WSBK, MotoGP, Enduro and MotoX, most recently as the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. GCI have been the technology partner, sponsor and trusted advisor of Crescent for more than ten years and, alongside providing a Flexible Managed Service for the team’s IT environment, have delivered a number of projects such as Microsoft Skype for Business and GCI’s own Unified Communications reporting and user adoption solutions, UCversity and UC Analytics.
With the nature of the team’s industry meaning that a split second can make the difference between winning a race and not placing at all, it was imperative for Crescent that it has fast and reliable internet access to support its vital race operations. However, the effectiveness of the venue’s connectivity would vary from site to site and with no way of implementing a permanent connection, Crescent Racing turned to leading Converged ICT Services Provider GCI to offer a solution.
GCI provided one of their Rapid Network Deployment kits for Crescent Racing; a fully-managed Internet and MPLS WAN service that offers Enterprise-grade connectivity on a global scale. Portable and supplied fully configured, the solution works by bonding 4G bandwidth from multiple carriers using global roaming SIMs, fixed-line connections or even a combination of both, creating a single virtual IP connection. The bonded connection maximises throughput to reach speeds of up to 300Mbps. As well as providing internet access for the Pit Crew, the device is also used in the team’s hospitality area - which hosts sponsors and special guests – ensuring that all attendees can connect and have an enhanced experience without the team having to worry about how to enable guest Wi-Fi.
Another benefit is that GCI’s Rapid Network Deployment solution can be up and running in under 10 minutes. Additionally, if the team reached a venue where it was assumed that the connectivity would be strong but transpired that it wasn’t sufficient, GCI can despatch the device to reach the team within 24 hours anywhere within Great Britain. The solution is also managed and maintained by GCI meaning that the kit is regularly serviced to make sure that the team can continue to receive the same fast and robust connectivity time after time.
Success and Company Benefits
Crescent Racing now has an easy-to-use solution that offers Enterprise-grade connectivity, no matter where in the world the team is racing or testing. Rapid Network Deployment overcomes the potential issue of mobile devices having intermittent or no network coverage by using multiple SIMs from different carriers, allowing the trackside and office teams to always keep in touch with each other. Crescent also utilises its fast Internet access to update its social media channels for fans across the globe, enabling them to get minute-by-minute updates.
Paul Denning, Team Principal at Crescent Racing, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, said: “This solution was exactly what we needed. We already use Microsoft Skype for Business from GCI to allow our team to keep in touch when they are on the move or at one of the tracks, and reliable, fast internet access is therefore vital for us. However, there can be issues trying to connect at a venue where there are potentially hundreds of other devices – both from the teams and spectators – trying to utilise the same internet connection, and so being able to take this kit from place to place is hugely beneficial. It’s easy to use and fully maintained by GCI so we don’t have to worry about our connectivity – we can be sure that it’s taken care of.”