Device-to-cloud solutions provider for the Internet of Things Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) is providing state-of-the-art wireless connectivity to the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC), the company said.
This unique car, which will travel faster than a bullet, uses the same connected car technology that Sierra Wireless is providing to transform the next generation of automobiles worldwide.
Utilizing Sierra Wireless AirPrime LTE embedded modules, AirLink gateways, management services and technical support, the BLOODHOUND car will be able to send and receive critical data, including live streaming video feeds during its test runs in the UK and the subsequent attempts at the world land speed record in South Africa.
The current land speed record stands at 763.035 mph and was set by BLOODHOUND SCC driver Andy Green in 1997. The BLOODHOUND Team is aiming to raise the world land speed record to 1,000 mph and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
In order to provide live data feeds from the car as it travels at extremely high speeds at and above the speed of sound, a custom LTE/4G wireless network was created for the project. In addition to collecting valuable vehicle data, the system will provide a live video feed from the car that can be watched by students in schools worldwide with the goal of getting more young people interested in engineering and science.
Sierra Wireless provides automotive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, with more than a decade of experience and 10m automotive-grade wireless modules shipped worldwide. It has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia.