Vislink, the global provider of broadcast communications technologies, today announced that its Gigawave onboard camera and live video transmission systems will be used at the new fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship to capture real-time close-up action from the race track.
Formula E kicks off in Beijing in September. The championship will form 10 rounds taking place in cities around the world, and will run through to June 2015. The series will see 10 teams (each with two drivers) going head-to-head in a race to be crowned the first ever FIA Formula E Champion. With Vislink's Gigawave technology, spectators around the world will benefit from full high definition footage from onboard the cars.
"Formula E is the first FIA championship of its kind, featuring formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. This is an exciting step forward for motor racing and we're thrilled to be a part of it," said Stephen Rudd, CEO of Vislink International Ltd. "Vislink has a strong track record in live sports, delivering onboard systems for MotoGP and the FIA World Rally Championship. We are delighted that Vislink has also been selected to provide HD broadcast equipment for Formula E."
Cars competing in Formula E will be fitted with up to four onboard Vislink Gigawave HD cameras, which can be mounted in up to 10 different positions. These micro-sized units will be linked to a Gigawave H.264 onboard transmitter, which can also transmit onboard data and HD video and audio to provide the best possible coverage of the event.
Each car's roll-hoop will be fitted with Vislink's Gigawave T-Piece camera system, an integrated dual forward and rear facing onboard system. In addition, live footage from the pit lane will be captured using Vislink's latest range of Gigawave Clip-On wireless camera transmitters.
The Formula E series has already generated significant interest. All ten team slots have been filled and high profile global companies spanning a wide range of technology and business interests are involved, including Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alain Prost.