Formula 1: Camera surveillance in Parc Fermé

Formula 1: FIA plays Big Brother
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Z between timed practice and races, Formula 1- Teams only work on the racing cars for a limited time. In order to easily monitor this, the FIA ​​locked all Formula 1 racing cars in a guarded and locked hall in the pit lane in the past.

But in 2010 there are significantly more cars at the start with 24 racing cars than in the previous year. The FIA ​​was suddenly faced with a logistical problem: what to do with the many F1 racing cars? In 2010, the cars will simply remain in the teams' garage - but the FIA ​​uses a sophisticated camera system to monitor compliance with the Parc Fermé regulations.

FIA cameras with normal and night mode

In each box, two surveillance cameras mounted on the ceiling are now monitoring the two racing cars of each Formula 1 team. The cameras work in two modes: They are activated in normal mode at the beginning of the timed practice so that the FIA's technical delegate, Jo Bauer, can monitor the work on the car on a video screen.

After the timed practice session, the cars will be covered by a tarpaulin with specially secured locks. Then the cameras are switched to the so-called night mode. From this point on, every car is under permanent video surveillance for the entire time.

Motion sensors sound the alarm

At the same time, the cameras are coupled with motion-sensitive sensors: As soon as these sensors register movements on the car or in the immediate vicinity of the car, they switch automatically to a higher resolution and give an alarm to the FIA's technical monitoring team. At the same time, the recordings from the cameras are stored digitally so that they can be checked again later in case of doubt.

With the new camera system, seamless monitoring of the Parc Fermé regulations is possible around the clock. After the successful debut in Bahrain, the new system will now be used at all other Grand Prix of the 2010 season.


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