McLaren Racing and Cisco, a leader in enterprise networking, video collaboration, and security technology, have today announced a multiyear global partnership expanding Cisco’s role with the Formula 1 Team to become an Official Technology Partner. Through the partnership, the two organizations will leverage Cisco’s industry-leading solutions, innovation, and expertise to enhance McLaren’s technological infrastructure on race day and at the team’s headquarters, as well as to connect with fans around the world.
With the expanded relationship, McLaren will have Cisco’s full portfolio of solutions at their disposal – across enterprise networking, Wi-Fi, digital signage, collaboration, and more. Cisco’s decade-long leadership in developing purpose-built, innovative solutions in the sports and entertainment field will aid McLaren in its pursuit of the competitive edge needed to drive performance in a sport as lightening-fast as Formula 1.
As part of the partnership, Cisco will collaborate with McLaren to explore and pilot new and emerging technologies, such as working towards upgrading their race day wireless deployment to Wi-Fi 6E (Extended), to ensure fast and reliable communications among all team members. Wi-Fi 6E offers more than twice the bandwidth of Wi-Fi 6, the current standard solution, and is purpose-built to deliver reliable, secure, and fast connectivity in flexible, remote locations. In addition, Cisco and McLaren will continue to work together to develop the networking technology infrastructure at the team’s headquarters in Surrey – the McLaren Technology Centre. Cisco’s hybrid network solutions and cloud-based service DNA Spaces will allow the organization to optimize productivity.
Today’s announcement builds upon an existing relationship between McLaren Racing and Webex by Cisco, the Official Collaboration Partner of the F1 team. Over the past year, Webex’s industry-leading suite of cloud-based collaboration tools and emerging technology solutions, like Webex Hologram, have enabled McLaren to overcome geographical boundaries to create virtual experiences that bring fans and partners even closer to the action and enable immersive co-creation between design engineers, drivers, and crews from tracks around the world. The expanded partnership will see McLaren Racing continue to leverage Webex to implement flexible and secure hybrid working environments, while also creating even more opportunities for fans around the world to connect with the team throughout the 2022 Formula 1 season.
For more than a decade, Cisco’s sports and entertainment solutions and expertise have been relied upon by hundreds of industry-leading venues, teams, events, and organizations around the world, including SoFi Stadium, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, City Football Group, Riot Games, the National Football League and many more.