Data export through the DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) mechanism on computers with a Windows operating system, allows data to be sent to an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis. A typical example would be to send lap number and fuel usage data at the end of each lap in order to have a continually updating fuel and pit stop strategy.
Using i2 data analysis software, a reference lap file can be created and displayed on any chart object. This allows current values to be compared to a reference trace.
With a reference lap enabled the data is shown against distance.
A computer receiving data can be configured to broadcast some or all of the available channels. These can then be received and displayed on another computer on the network, allowing multiple engineers to monitor a vehicle simultaneously. It also allows a team to show data to the crew, viewers, sponsors and so on.
If a team runs multiple vehicles, their track positions can be shared between several computers, so a team manager or engineer can monitor where each car is on the track at any time by viewing only one monitor. This is a powerful aid for pit stops and instances where fast decisions are required, for example during a safety car period.