The 2015 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place on 5 July 2015 at the Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom. The race was the ninth round of the 2015 season, and marked the 70th running of the British Grand Prix, and the 51st time that the race was held at the Silverstone Circuit. Steeped in prestige and tradition, SFC Group was tasked to oversee the catering and the critical ICT infrastructure including wireless backhaul for the event to serve the 140,000 race-goers.
Having previously used Repeatit Trinity at some UK stadiums, we put it to the test in a highly congested area at Silverstone. The Repeatit infrastructure performed incredibly due to it’s AirTime technology and we maintained high speeds & efficiency despite the wireless habitat.
Repeatit Trinity took pole position during the event providing ultra-stable wireless backhaul connecting from fibre infrastructure to various areas to backhaul communications. Over 10 Repeatit Trinity 323, 318 & 316s links were used with links even stretching across the racetrack with an average distance of 2 – 3km.
With 100,000s of transactions, numerous con-current WiFi connections and a private staff IT network to support, SFC Group needed a fast, stable & quickly deployable backhaul solution. Various applications were specified including taking payments, ticketing and providing public WiFi across the whole site. With many sponsors and individual F1 teams deploying their own stand alone wireless networks, interference at the circuit was treacherous which led the engineering team at SFC Group to implement a strong backhaul infrastructure.
SFC Group turned to Repeatit because of its AirTime technology, which maintains stable connectivity, even in interference-ridden environments. Having used Repeatit Trinity equipment previously at stadiums in the UK, SFC Group were very impressed with the product but the Silverstone deployment was set to truly test the Point to Point link.
During the Grand Prix, the Repeatit equipment performed extremely well with no engineering issues. The backhaul system competently fought interference providing the critical link between the fibre core and designated WiFi & catering zones.
“Having previously used Repeatit Trinity at some UK stadiums, we put it to the test in a highly congested area at Silverstone. The Repeatit infrastructure performed incredibly due to it’s AirTime technology and we maintained high speeds & efficiency despite the wireless habitat.” said Stephen Pool for SFC Group.
“Providing the critical infrastructure for such a prestigious event and working with a great company such as SFC Group is truly an honour for Repeatit. The Repeatit link performance matched that of Lewis Hamilton of the day which is excellent considering the interference scattered across the entire site.” Said Frank Pauer, CSO for Repeatit.
About SFC Group
SFC is the leading provider of events & stadium public catering for many of the UK’s most prestigious sporting and entertainment events. A second generation business founded in 1975 by Stephen Freeman senior, the company spans four divisions in order to provide a cohesive one stop ‘food to go’ catering and bars offering for the events industry.
Our vast experience spans both stadia and green field events across single and multiple days and venues around the UK. Our expertise is based on the knowledge of managing all types of large and small scale events for almost 40 years. We have the agility to react at short notice to changes out of everyone’s control e.g. the weather and we can equally tailor the catering offering to the demographics of the event e.g. Silverstone, CLA Game Fair, Rugby venues, Wembley, Queen’s Jubilee, Live Aid, Download etc
WiFi Backhaul for Large Grand Prix