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Al Kamel Systems to Supply Innovative Services to Extreme E

Extreme E, the electric SUV off-road racing series, announced today its partnership with Al Kamel Systems to support its broadcast.

Al Kamel Systems will face one of the most exciting challenges in its 17-year history with Extreme E,” said Jose Luis Garcia, CEO at Al Kamel Systems.

As a motorsport technology company, to supply a broad range of services in such diverse and difficult environments made us rethink and rebuild the architecture of our services technologies,” he added.

The series will be starting its inaugural season on April 3rd in Al-‘Ula, Saudi Arabia – Desert X-Prix, competing on five remote locations of the planet affected by climate issues.

The second stop in the calendar will be Lac Rose, in Senegal – the Ocean X-Prix, scheduled in May; then, the series heads to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to contest the Arctic X-Prix in August.

In October 2021, the journey continues with the Amazon X-Prix in Para, Brazil, and from 11-12 December, the series celebrates the Glacier X-Prix in Patagonia, Argentina.

As the races will not be open to spectators – to minimize local impact, the broadcasting systems will play a crucial role in the competition so fans can follow the extreme action.

In that regard, Al Kamel Systems will assist supplying a range of technological services.

Garcia further explains: We are using a variety of new initiatives like GPS timekeeping that minimize dramatically, the on-site footprint and ensure a smooth broadcast of the championship, a very complex task, as after all everyone is relying on our services.”

Based in Barcelona, Spain, the company will provide services remotely in collaboration with Extreme E´s London broadcast production facility.
The live race action is then mastered and distributed globally. The live race action is then mastered and distributed globally.

Al Kamel Systems is at the forefront of broadcasting technology, and I’m delighted that they be working on Extreme E,” commented Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E.

He added: Extreme E’s broadcast product is our key to reaching as many screens as possible as we won’t have spectators on-site, and our aim is to make it as engaging as possible, so we are looking to create a futuristic package, almost like a computer game. 

Al Kamel Systems will be instrumental in helping us deliver this product as the data they capture will be utilized in sporting graphics which tell the story of the racing.”

Founded in 2003, the company encompasses a series of services, on key motorsport branches such as timing, TV graphics, and IT infrastructures for races and championships, as technical consultancy for permanent circuits.

The Spanish company has been working alongside the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from inception, providing timekeeping, results management, graphics, and infrastructure.

Among its portfolio, Al Kamel Systems supports high-level events and championships as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, or the World Series by Renault.

In 2016, the company became an official timing and results management partner [Timing & Scoring] of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in the USA.

Images courtesy of Extreme E Media. 

About Cecilia Demartini
Cecilia is a freelance Journalist passionate about motorsport and writing.
Her articles appeared in a variety of online publications.
Her knowledge goes from F1, F2, and F3 to other series such as MotoGP, IndyCar, Rally, WEC, and particularly Formula E.