Collaboration spotlight: Alex Thomson Racing
As technology partner to Alex Thomson Racing, we enhanced and optimized the performance of the skipper and his boat.
Augmenting AlexIncreasing his real-time understanding of himself and of the boat is critically important to Alex in order to minimize errors and optimize his effective decision-making during the race. Advanced sensors, worn by Alex and integrated into the boat, collect a large amount of data and are linked to sophisticated data analytics and machine learning algorithms. This human-machine synthesis keeps track of Alex’s physiological well-being, the performance of the boat and the ever-changing environmental conditions and provides the critical up-to-the-second inputs he needs to avoid the perils of the open sea.
On-Alex biometric sensors
A custom-built wearable device, optimized for Alex, continuously monitors Alex’s physiological well-being and analyzes his heart rate, mobility, calorie consumption, sleep and work level.
Onboard sensors and HD cameras
An array of hardened sensors tracking the ever-changing ocean conditions and a network of 9 cameras augment the performance of the boat delivering live video streams for a full 360 surround view of the boat and the sails. Ultimately, this creates the best viewing experience in the completely enclosed cockpit while limiting Alex’s time spent outside and exposure to the weather elements.
Onboard data visualization
Custom-built mobile applications present Alex with the most relevant information, giving him full awareness of himself and his environment without burdening him with an excess of data and guiding him towards effective decision-making.
Augmenting the boatThe new state-of-the-art HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 monohull sailboat is equipped with cutting-edge technologies ranging from augmented intelligence and wearable devices to sensors, machine learning, analytics, and advanced communications solutions based on Nokia Bell Labs innovations.
Optimized mission critical connectivity
With seamless and reliable connectivity, Alex is able to get timely, reliable weather information for his navigational and routing systems and at the same time remain connected with his family and fans onshore during the harshest of conditions and in the most remote parts of the world.
Onboard edge intelligence and compute server
The onboard compute server collects, stores and analyzes data from all sensors and interfaces with the critical boat systems. Designed for rugged environments and with optimized size, weight and power consumption, it serves as the central brain of the onboard intelligence and data analytics modules that power the real-time awareness and optimization of the boat.
Augmented intelligent auto-pilot
Sophisticated machine learning models and algorithms enhance the performance, robustness and stability of the onboard auto-pilot system through automated sensor-driven adjustments and performance prediction. An easy-to-use human interface allows Alex to configure and fine-tune the auto-pilot settings and parameters.