NEW YORK (AP) — The SailGP World League and T-Mobile announced a partnership to use 5G technology to improve race broadcast coverage at regattas held in U.S. ports.
SailGP, which was founded by tech mogul Larry Ellison, first used T-Mobile’s 5G technology at the Season 2 finale in San Francisco in late March and officially announced the deal on Monday. The partnership will include the United States Sail Grand Prix at Chicago’s Navy Pier on June 18-19, which will be the second regatta of Season 3, and again in San Francisco at the end of the season in May 2023.
T-Mobile and SailGP will develop 5G technology applications designed to accelerate data transmission from the 50ft hydrofoil catamarans to Oracle Cloud, then to the broadcast center in London and to team bases for various uses. T-Mobile will also be a sponsor of the United States SailGP team led by two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill.
Each of the nine catamarans carries 30,000 sensors, which generate 40 billion data requests to Oracle Cloud each race day.
SailGP CTO Warren Jones likened catamarans to extreme Internet of Things devices.
“We are a data-driven organization. We need data to move forward,” Jones said. “Everything we do is wireless. Boats are extreme IoT devices on the water. They generate huge amounts of information. You put a boat in the water, it sails, it starts creating data.”