Etisalat welcomes the Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying racing car, Acronis partner at GITEX Global

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai – Acronis, the world leader in cyber protection, is once again at GITEX Global this year (Hall 1 – Stand 4) and did not come alone. Indeed, Acronis partner #CyberFit Sports, Airspeeder, is also present. Airspeeder, the first series of electric flying racing cars is present for the first time in the United Arab Emirates with its prototype, hosted by Etisalat at Zabeel Hall 1. Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecoms groups in emerging markets, meets the best innovative sports technology. Etisalat allows the impossible, proving it once again today by being the first to bring Airspeeder to this side of the world.

Airspeeder electric racing series, created by performance electric flying car maker Alauda, ​​receives cyber protection backing from Acronis, with some of the services provided by Acronis #CyberFit Delivery Partner, a global provider of cybersecurity solutions , Teknov8. Acronis solutions protect real-time Airspeeder data, including analysis of battery performance and key systems. From this information, engineers define a strategy to find a competitive advantage in a sport where every bit of data is essential for performance.

“Airspeeder creates an innovation-driven aerial motorsport. Backed by Acronis which has already achieved technological success with Formula 1 and Formula E teams, it represents a significant affirmation of the vision to accelerate the next great mobility revolution through sports competition, ”said Jack Withinshaw , Airspeeder’s Commercial Director. Acronis’ cyber protection solutions provide data security for revolutionary LiDAR and Machine Vision technology that will deliver close but safe races through the creation of virtual force fields around each racing vessel, named “Speeders”, which will culminate at speeds of up to 130 km / h. Airspeeder is the racing series designed by the performance electric flying car brand Alauda. Elite pilots from aviation, motorsport and even eSports will sail electrically governed courses above some of the most visually striking places in the world.

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Acronis cyber protection helps sports teams avoid downtime, data breaches, and mitigate security breaches. Airspeeder has partnered with Acronis to ensure its operations are not compromised and that terabytes of data shared between speeders and the technical teams that support them will remain fully secure. The partnership is supported by Teknov8, a managed service provider, helping Acronis deliver cyber protection solutions in the most effective and efficient manner.

The need for both effective data protection and cybersecurity has become dominant in everyday life. Businesses rely on the continued availability and integrity of their data, while individuals around the world send and receive large volumes of sensitive information over remote connections. Cybercriminals, in response, have escalated the scale and complexity of their attacks – and with advances in the automation of these threats, no one is “too small to be targeted.” “The past two years have changed the industry landscape for good, any business or user is a potential target,” said Peter French, Acronis Managing Director for MEA. “Combining cybersecurity and backup is the only way to truly protect critical data and protect our digital spaces. “


About Etisalat

Etisalat Group is one of the world’s leading telecoms groups in emerging markets. With consolidated net sales of AED 51.7 billion and consolidated net profit of AED 9.0 billion for 2020, its high credit ratings reflect the company’s strong balance sheet and proven performance at long term.

Based in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established more than four decades ago in the United Arab Emirates as the country’s leading telecommunications service provider. A leading organization, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 156.1 million subscribers in 16 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Etisalat is ranked the strongest brand across all categories in the Middle East and Africa by Brand Finance, and is the world’s fastest mobile network by Ookla® Speedtest® in 2021 for the second year in a row.

About Acronis

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated and automated cyber protection that solves the security, accessibility, privacy, authenticity and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that meet the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications and systems through innovative solutions for virus protection management, backup , disaster recovery and next-generation endpoints powered by AI. With advanced anti-malware powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment – from cloud to hybrid to on-premises – at a low cost. and predictable.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis today has more than 1,700 employees at 34 sites in 19 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 businesses, as well as leading professional sports teams. Acronis products are available from more than 50,000 partners and service providers in more than 150 countries and 25 languages.

About Airspeeder

Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics are truly global operations. The technical sports headquarters are located in Adelaide, South Australia, in close proximity to the perfect proving grounds for a new form of air mobility.
The company’s commercial, communications and administrative headquarters are located in London, England, and are headed by Commercial Director, Jack Withinshaw. This gives Airspeeder direct proximity to leaders in motorsport, rights management and regulation.
Alauda Aeronautics designs, designs and builds the racing craft that participate in all Airspeeder racing events.
The Airspeeder EXA series is Airspeeder’s first racing series. This is where remote pilots take control of the world’s first large-scale electric flying cars. It will serve as a technical and pilot testing ground for the world’s first crewed electric flying car races.
Airspeeder is the next round of crewed races. It will travel around the world in 2022.


Matt Pearson is the founder and visionary of Alauda and Airspeeder. Togetherwith a team of engineers, designers and business minds spanning Australia, New York and London, he is accelerating the development of electric flying vehicles through the white heat of athletic competition.

Beyond his role as a defining voice in the future of mobility, Matt leads the rapidly expanding industrial Internet of Things space through his work at Fleet. From their base in South Australia, millions of devices are powered through low Earth orbit via a growing network of nanosatellites.

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