Flying EV racing series to harness the power of data to drive performance
08 September 2020
Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series, announced a technical and strategic partnership with Actonis, a global leader in cyber protection.
The racing series, created by performance electric flying car manufacturer, Alauda will receive technical and commercial support from Acronis, the world’s leading cyber protection company.
With first Airspeeder GPs planned for 2021, Acronis’ cyber protection solutions will ensure the data security for the LiDAR and machine vision technology that will deliver close but safe racing through the creation of virtual force-fields around each racing craft, named ‘Speeders’. Part of this technology will be delivered by Teknov8, a global provider of cyber security solution.
“At Airspeeder we are creating an aerial motorsport driven by innovation. Backing from Acronis, a business with an extraordinary culture of technological success in Formula One and Formula E, represents significant affirmation of our vision to accelerate the next great mobility revolution through sporting competition,” Matt Pearson, Founder, Alauda & Airspeeder.
“Acronis’ place at the leading edge of innovation in data management perfectly aligns with Alauda and Airspeeder’s vision to accelerate a mobility revolution through close sporting competition. Our proven, integrated approach to providing easy, efficient, reliable and secure cyber protection for all data, applications and systems, will help Airspeeder to enhance their performance on the air track and in the back office. We look forward to delivering on the promise of a true next generation technical and sporting proposition,” Jan-Jaap Jager, the Board Advisor and Senior Vice President at Acronis.
Airspeeder is described by global commentators as the ‘Formula One of the skies’, Acronis’ track record in motorsport makes them the perfect technical and strategic partner. The firm’s technical team will manage the streams of live data that will underpin a sport that promises to be the most exciting global sporting and broadcast entity on the planet.
Airspeeder is a sport driven by technical innovation. Acronis’ data solutions currently ensure the security of the terabytes of data derived from running Formula One cars during testing and racing scenarios. This data is essential to sports like F1 and Airspeeder that require telemetry data to analyse performance and set strategy.
Acronis' cyber protection solutions, like its fully integrated, AI-powered anti-malware and backup solution Acronis Cyber Protect, are developed based on the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection: Safety, Accessibility, Privacy, Authenticity, and Security (SAPAS). This ensures that these solutions provide the highest calibre of protection for data, while also ensuring that said data is tamper-free and easily accessible for unobstructed day-to-day operations.
Airspeeder’s team and pilots will benefit from real-time data including analysis of battery and key systems performance. From this information, engineers will be able to define strategy in real time to find competitive advantage in a sport where every team starts with the same technical platform. This will make for the close and equitable racing motorsports fans crave.