LONDON, 27 June, 2016 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that it has teamed up with Shell, the multinational oil and gas company, to support the company’s Shell Eco-marathon event through the use of technology and promote the importance of creating a sustainable future.
Held each year in Asia, the Americas and Europe, Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most challenging student innovation competitions. Teams are challenged to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles with the aim of creating a vehicle that can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh or 1 litre of fuel and the team that goes the furthest wins.
As the Global Innovation Partner for Shell Eco-marathon, HPE is helping bring the event to life through a Live Data Project. Using bespoke analytics, automotive software, IoT, apps and real-time data from the vehicles, the event will be made more engaging for both the teams and spectators.
This year’s European event will take place from 30 June to 3 July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and will conclude with the Drivers’ World Championship on 3 July where the top winning teams from Asia, North America and Europe will all compete for the first time.
“This new competition is an important evolutionary step in the over 30 year’s long history of Shell Eco-marathon adding new challenge and recognition for our participants. For the first time the world’s best UrbanConcept teams will come together in the same location competing in an exciting race to find the most energy-efficient driver,” said Norman Koch, Technical Director for Shell Eco-marathon.
For the Live Data project, transponders on the vehicles will collect sensor input data and transmit it across the 3G/4G network to the IoT platform. From there, the data will then be picked up by a bespoke data platform built specifically for the event and used to provide information to spectators and teams. Data that will be shared includes which teams have made it through technical inspection, the position of vehicles once racing, the amount of fuel consumed, as well as details about the teams such as names, photos and the university they are from.
As part of the event, HPE will also showcase its Connected Car to demonstrate the impact technology will have on the everyday lives of people.
“We’re excited about the Live Data Project and having our Connected Car on show and we look forward to this week’s event,” said Andy Isherwood, Managing Director of HPE’s UK & Ireland business. “Using the latest technological and innovative services and products, we aim to make the event more engaging and enjoyable for both the teams and spectators while at the same time raise awareness of the importance of developing sustainable energy.”
About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.
About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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