Cisco develops Wi-Fi for stadiums

New solution is designed to create Wi-Fi network in large high-density environments

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Cisco develops Wi-Fi for stadiums Cisco has developed a Wi-Fi system that can be used to deliver connectivity to large high-density environments such as stadiums and arenas, allowing spectators to tap into the internet while at sporting or entertainment events.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 8, 2011

Cisco has developed a Wi-Fi system that can be used to deliver connectivity to large high-density environments such as stadiums and arenas, allowing spectators to tap into the internet while at sporting or entertainment events.

The Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi is designed to provide a single, secure wireless network that extends real-time, reliable access to mobile applications and services simultaneously to thousands of fans who congregate in these venues, while creating new business opportunities for teams, venue owners and operators. 

"Developed by our Sports and Entertainment Solutions Group, Cisco's Connected Stadium Wi-Fi technology solves any challenges associated with insufficient wireless connectivity inside crowded venues by extending real-time, reliable access to mobile devices simultaneously to fans.  With the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup, this technology can help create more engaging mobile applications to enhance fan experiences while enabling continuous connectivity. We believe this solution will truly transform the lives of audiences and fuel significant growth opportunities for the sports and entertainment industry in the region," said Tarek Ghoul, general manager, Cisco Gulf.

The solution relies on the Cisco Aironet 3500p Access Point with CleanAir technology, optimised to create a secure wireless network that delivers access to mobile applications and services.

The Aironet 3500p is Cisco's first purpose-built access point specifically designed to meet the performance and aesthetic needs of high-density environments and optimises performance through a high-density directional antenna and special configuration that allows precise focus of the wireless airwaves into a concentrated area.

The access point also features customizable settings, designed to tailor the solution to operate effectively in sports and entertainment venues. 

Cisco Aironet's CleanAir technology is designed to minimise wireless interference by detecting and avoiding other wireless traffic in the area, resulting in a significant increase in Wi-Fi coverage and capacity for mobile devices.

The solution can offer venue specific options such as video replays, loyalty programmes, event statistics and information and logistics, and food and beverage purchases.

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