Race track sys­tem au­to­mates mar­shals and lap times

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY -

When High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park owner Tony Quinn com­mit­ted to build­ing New Zealand's long­est mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit he sourced the lat­est elec­tron­ics and tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate the coun­try’s first elec­tron­i­cal­ly­con­trolled race track.

The seven-month-old track in Cromwell fea­tures a con­trol room that al­low of­fi­cials to take full con­trol of all on-track ac­tiv­i­ties.

High­lands' gen­eral man­ager Mike Sentch says the con­trol room looks like a cross be­tween a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer’s suite and an air­port con­trol tower.

“How­ever it's very in­tu­itive to op­er­ate," he says. “A wall of tele­vi­sion mon­i­tors is con­nected to 11 cam­eras around the cir­cuit pro­vid­ing a com­plete and un­in­ter­rupted view of the en­tire cir­cuit.”

There are 17 light sta­tions to re­place the f lag mar­shal and f lag sys­tem that are tra­di­tion­ally used at other cir­cuits around New Zealand. The light sta­tions sup­plied by Nautech and fea­ture coloured lights that can repli­cate the tra­di­tional f lags.

Tim­ing and lap scor­ing is man­aged via a MyLaps sys­tem.

“There are 10 tim­ing loops around the cir­cuit that con­nect with the transpon­ders car­ried in all com­pet­ing race cars,” says Sentch.

“These gen­er­ate sec­tor times, i.e. from one point to an­other point, as well as com­plete lap times.

"The amount of in­for­ma­tion gen­er­ated by the sys­tem is in­cred­i­ble – both for teams and for fans who can ac­cess it via a web­site.”

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