Meydan Group’s new network races off the blocks

Meydan Group deploys multiple Cisco products including unified communications and IPTV at its flagship arena.

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Meydan Group’s new network races off the blocks Meydan Racecourse can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators.
By  Imthishan Giado Published  June 29, 2010

UAE's Meydan Group has selected Cisco to deliver a range of networking, security and unified communications system for its flagship horseracing development. The networking vendor completed the deployment with the aid of its gold partner, Gulf Business Machines.

The development has seen the deployment of a raft of Cisco systems, including a fully converged IP infrastructure, building management and security, covering the main Meydan Grandstand  as well as the Meydan Hotel. The latter also features a new unified communications system for guest use as IPTV, which provides interactive TV services.

Wassim Hamwi, chief information officer for  Meydan commented: "The Cisco converged network implemented by Meydan enabled us to transport video, voice and data over a single network as well as support the necessary infrastructure for remote management of a wide range of services including access control, public address systems, lighting, escalator operation control, video surveillance and interactive visitor information. Through the IP network all information required to record and react to any given situation will be available to Meydan's management team from integrated points in real-time".

Wayne Hull, director and general manager, Cisco, UAE described the deployment as a major step forward for the firm: "Working with the developers of one of  the world's largest integrated racing facilities to deploy Cisco's next-generation "connected stadium" technology is a key milestone for Cisco in the UAE as it   plays an important role  in transforming the fan experience, and enabling team owners and facility operators to change their business processes and realise a competitive advantage. This is true example of how Cisco is changing the way people live, work, learn and play."

Meydan City's grandstand can accommodate up to 60,000 spectators and is also the site of the Meydan Musuem and Imax theatre.

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