CommScope selected for Austin’s Formula 1 Grand Prix race track complex

CommScope lays in miles of copper, fiber cabling for Formula 1 Grand Prix race track facility

Image Source: Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

CommScope has won a contract to provide miles of copper and fiber cabling infrastructure for high speed data communications at the Circuit of The Americas complex, a world-class Formula 1 Grand Prix race track facility located in Austin, Texas. The “Internet Protocol-based race track,” billed as the first such facility in the U.S., will host its first event, the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, later this year. The race will be witnessed live by an estimated 120,000 attendees, with coverage broadcast to an additional estimated 30 million people around the world.

The 375-acre project began construction in January 2010 with 16 Texas-based contractors including CommScope, whose enterprise and wireless segments call Richardson???s Telecom Corridor home. Following its success in providing infrastructure for other recent high-profile Texas construction projects, CommScope was chosen to provide more than 25 miles of end-to-end outside plant singlemode fiber cabling and approximately 100 miles of end-to-end Category 6 cabling ??? enough copper to make about 30 laps around the facility???s 3.4-mile circuit track.

In addition to supporting race electronics applications including video surveillance, IPTV video delivery to suites, offices and concession areas, video wall servers, race control and time keeping, CommScope???s solutions will also underlie the venue???s expansive outdoor live music space, a 40,000-square-foot conference and media center, a state-of-the-art, 5,550-square-foot medical facility and a host of other ultra-modern visitor attractions.

The Formula 1 Race is certainly a big deal here in Austin. Glad to see this project is big enough to be news in the telecom industry, too.


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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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