How Formula 1 Racing Provides a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

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Guest Blogger:  Jeff Lund is responsible for Belden’s vision and product initiatives related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

He also drives and coordinates cyber security and wireless product direction across Belden industrial IT product groups. Jeff has over 20 years of IIoT experience working with manufacturers and integrators to add intelligence and networking to devices for industrial, building automation, transportation system and smart grid use. He also serves as Belden’s primary representative at the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he is co-chair of the marketing working group. Jeff has a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Davis.

As you watch a Formula 1 car race around a track at speeds of more than 200 mph, have you ever considered who actually makes decisions about things like when to change a tire or pass another car?

You might assume this falls on the driver, but what you might not realize is that the driver’s pit crew—and a team of engineers located hundreds of miles away—are monitoring the car’s every move by analyzing data from dozens of sensors.

With the real-time insights the sensors provide, the support team helps the driver decide on the next pit stop, what adjustments to make and how to enhance performance at future races.

An industrial facility is like a race car in that hundreds of sensors are generating massive amounts of data. Are you using your data as effectively as a Formula 1 team? What lessons can be learned from Formula 1 that you can apply to network infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

During a Formula 1 race sensors in the car are communicating with the track, the pit crew, a team of engineers at the home facility plus the onsite broadcast crew. The huge volume of real-time data is put into predictive intelligence models and used as inputs for race strategy and car servicing. Data analysis and two-way communication happen simultaneously to create a competitive edge that can turn a losing car into a winner.

In many ways, your factory floor or industrial facility is like a race car. Hundreds of sensors and machines are generating more and more data. If you could feed this data to the right decision-makers in a timely and easily digestible way, how could your business be transformed? Could you improve reliability, efficiency, safety or production?

About Belden

As an early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows industrial IT and delivers the next generation of industrial networking solutions, including wired, wireless and embedded products. Belden is an active participant in the fields of industrial automation and machine and process management.  With its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – Belden helps companies minimize downtime and take advantage of the real-time data access and control made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through a seamless, secure and scalable industrial Ethernet infrastructure, companies are equipped to revolutionize their operations and achieve improved efficiency, productivity and agility. Visit to learn more.

Belden is a Strategic Partner member of the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Program. Leveraging Belden’s field-proven industrial network and cyber security expertise, Schneider Electric is better able to offer a complete solution for customers.

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