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How Data is Driving Wins in Electric Racing

By Idan Hershkovich, VP Marketing at Cato Networks

The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has a unique data challenge. Every week or month, they have to travel to a new global location for an E-Prix. There, the IT team only has a few hours to set up a high-performing and secure IT infrastructure that can optimally operate for the three-day weekend. Once the races are over, the IT team has to pack up and move onto the next location. Think of it like a rock concert.


This infrastructure is an integral part of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s racing strategy. During the races, data points like speed, tire degradation, brake temperature, G-force in the cockpit and more are collected from the cars. These data points are transmitted over the network to the research and development center in Weissach, Germany, the home of Porsche Motorsport, analyzed, and sent back with racing instructions, in real-time. Network performance and security are critical for delivering the data and making the right decisions, on time, that help drivers win. The Winning Move: SASE.

As the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team continues to build upon its best season ever in Formula E racing and fight for World Championships, SASE technology has emerged as a powerful ally.

SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) technology is a holistic cloud-native solution that converges advanced networking and security capabilities into a unified solution. By converging all security and networking needs into a single platform, SASE eliminates the complexities and inefficiencies associated with traditional and fragmented network and security tools.

Security, agility and performance of the IT network may seem trivial to the screeching tyres and whizzing powertrains but it’s proving to be a powerful tool enabling intelligent racing decisions.

High-Performing, Low Latency Network

SASE intelligently steers the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s network traffic across the globe, minimizes latency, accelerates data transfer, and prioritizes critical applications, while making the most out of the 50 Mbps bandwidth the team is restricted to. Hundreds of gigabytes of data are transmitted throughout every race, reaching their destination with minimal packet loss.

Driving Stronger Security

The connectivity also has to be secure. A ransomware attack is the worst case security scenario for the team in Formula E. Without access to data, decisions on the track can’t be made and would put a halt to any success on track. SASE technology includes built-in security, creating a secure environment that supports the team and reduces their efforts and overhead.

The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team and SASE

As the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team continues to push the boundaries of performance in the competitive world of Formula E racing, SASE technology emerges as a formidable teammate. By providing unified network security, robust protection, enhanced application performance, and simplified network management, SASE has enabled the team to make winning decisions in real-time, protect against cyber attacks and create an efficient network environment during the races. In November 2022, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team announced its partnership with Cato Networks, declaring the team as their official SASE partner. With SASE, the IT team is ready for the next curve, race, and whatever’s next.

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