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SailGP uses Oracle Stream Analytics

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SailGP uses Oracle Stream Analytics Bob Martin for SailGP

SailGP, sailing's premier racing league, will use Oracle Stream Analytics to provide real-time race metrics to its eight national teams, broadcast partners and fans.

"Our cutting-edge, global league continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, both on and off the water," said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts.

"For Season 2, we're working on a number of new cloud-based innovations with Oracle to truly enhance the viewer experience and create efficiencies in the way we operate across all aspects of our business. The results are remarkable, especially on race days which are the ultimate showcase of data, technology and invention."

Oracle Stream Analytics makes autonomous decisions based on the 30,000 data points an F50 catamaran sends every second of a race, Oracle officials said.

Its use means that instead of the 10 streams of data delivered during the 2020 season, this year there will be just one stream, making it easy for teams to create customised dashboards with relevant information, including that shared by other teams.

This will allow teams to determine optimal in-race strategies in an instant.

The streamed data is also delivered to fans via the the SailGP app and on SailGP.com.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will deliver the data to Oracle's London cloud region for analysis and worldwide distribution, all within two-tenths of a second, the company said.

Live video and audio feeds taken aboard the F50s are streamed to the cloud for immediate broadcast and storage in Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. SailGP production teams will use this information to create content for distribution across 175 broadcast territories.

Remote coordination of data and production activities for each race significantly reduces costs and the environmental impact of large crews and their equipment travelling to each event.

"SailGP is one of the most data-rich sports leagues in the world, and data is in Oracle's DNA," said Oracle executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ariel Kelman.

"The differentiator in our collaboration this season is the advancements in extracting meaningful information from massive amounts of data and the mind boggling speed at which it's done. Once other sports organisations realise what SailGP can accomplish, they'll quickly understand the advantages of having an aggressive and comprehensive strategy for delivering real-time data and insights to both teams and fans."

Another change for season two is the new Oracle-powered SailGP simulator.

On-water training is restricted to a few days before each event, but the simulator allows teammates to virtually race from any location, taking the helm, grinder, wing trimmer or flight controller positions and work through different set-ups and race conditions.

The simulator will be made available to fans at future SailGP events so they can compete against a computer generated boat or against each other.

"After a thrilling opening season where we witnessed teams break the 50-knot barrier and set speed records using the real-time data and analytics delivered by Oracle Cloud, I am delighted that SailGP is extending its partnership with Oracle as the league's global data analytics partner for three more years," said Coutts.

"Having access to Oracle's global infrastructure allows us to rapidly process incredibly large amounts of internal data and automate repeatable tasks, improve predictions, and identify issues and performance differences between teams."

Oracle co-founder, executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison is well known as a yachting enthusiast. He co-founded SailGP in 2019, and in 2013 his Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup.

SailGP Season 2 commences in Bermuda on April 24-25, 2021.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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