Oracle Team USA Selects Ruckus Wireless as Wi-Fi Supplier

By Community | August 22, 2012

Oracle Team USA, prostate defender of the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013, medicine has announced their official Wi-Fi technology supplier as Ruckus Wireless.

The team will see their AC 45 and AC 72 catamarans kitted with Ruckus’s high-speed Wi-Fi, as well as Oracle’s design and production facilities, the America’s Cup team bases at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco and at the team’s hospitality lounge in the marina.

Asim Khan, Director of Information Systems at Oracle Team USA said: “Since it was first won by the yacht America in 1851, technology has always been the key to winning the America’s Cup.

“Wi-Fi was an obvious choice for us but getting it to work fast and operate reliably has been a big problem historically because carbon fibre structures screen RF signals.

Add to this that our boats operate at high-speed in drenching salt-water conditions, then traditional wireless technologies simply couldn’t deliver.”

On Oracle’s boats, smart Wi-Fi technology is used to transmit critical telemetry, wind and load data from sensors located throughout the boat to crewmembers equipped with wearable, Wi-Fi-enabled displays.

Immediate access to this information allows the crew to quickly make real-time adjustments to sail trim to enable maximum speed through the water. The communication systems will be carefully configured to comply with strenuous communications rules regarding information to and from the yacht when it is racing.