Nexus IT Can Design and Install Secure, Fast, and Reliable Stadium WiFi Nationwide to Incentivize Patronage
Nexus IT truly has you covered when it comes to doing a full design and install of a WiFi network for stadiums. We recently handled the Maverik Center design and install of secure, fast, and reliable stadium WiFi in Salt Lake City, which has helped incentivize patronage for the many event attendees who consider it a “deal-maker” if their sports and event facility of choice offers secure WiFi networking.
There are more and more stories out there that demonstrate what having good, secure WiFi can do for stadium business. Especially these days, when sports attendance has fallen off some, you need something to truly entice patrons to your sports facility in 2018 and beyond.
Fast, reliable, secure stadium WiFi is the perfect incentive for those who now do almost all of their shopping, social media communication, news searches, and even business by mobile phone, laptop, or tablet.
Stadium WiFi as a Business Imperative: Case in Point
BizTech Magazine recently featured a story that displays case-in-point evidence that “If you build it, they will come”:
Sports teams often add technology to their stadiums to enhance the fan experience, whether that’s through cameras that enable 360-degree views of games or faster and stronger Wi-Fi networks. However, stadium tech upgrades can also improve the fortunes of nearby businesses and give local residents access to more connectivity options.
Stadium WiFi upgrades that include free connectivity for the public in the areas outside the arena can boost economic activity and be a boon to nearby businesses and local governments, which can use the public WiFi to engage with customers and residents and test out new technologies.
Using arena WiFi to facilitate greater connectivity is nothing new. In 2013, for example, Georgia Dome’s stadium-grade Wi-Fi facilitated one of the largest BYOD projects of its time, paving the way for larger mobility-embracing buildouts. But with connectivity becoming ever more integral for people everywhere — and, perhaps more important, with city governments and businesses alike needing a petri dish to test emerging tech at scale — new Wi-Fi buildouts that impact more than just the fans are scoring major points with cities.
Detroit Expands Stadium WiFi for 50 City Blocks
Notably, Detroit is in the midst of launching a new arena and entertainment district as part of a larger plan to boost the city’s economy and add jobs. A major part of the plan to revitalize the area hangs on free stadium WiFi, which will be available for a 50-block stretch surrounding the Little Caesars Arena.
“[Digital connectivity]’s such a big part of operating a modern-day arena and creating a modern-day fan experience,” Tim Collins, a Comcast senior vice president in Michigan, tells the Detroit Free Press. “The Wi-Fi is the one part of the technology that’s very visible to consumers. They know it either works — or it doesn’t. It’s either fast — or it’s not.”
Olympia Entertainment, which operates the stadium, worked with Comcast to install millions of dollars’ worth of routers and equipment, as well as fiber-optic cable and more than 1,000 Wi-Fi access points in the stadium, with the aim of providing fast, reliable internet connections to anyone with a smartphone.
Moreover, the company also has plans to install technology downtown that will facilitate greater connectivity in public areas, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“We realize being connected and sharing great memories with family and friends is a vital part of enjoying today’s experiences,” John King, an Olympia Entertainment vice president, tells the paper. “We have coupled our organization’s decades of experience in developing, owning and operating fan-focused venues with the technological expertise of the Comcast team to provide a cutting-edge experience for everyone attending events at Little Caesars Arena, as well as those living and working in this district of Detroit.”
Big Arenas Become Test Beds for Smart City Tech
Some stadiums are taking technology one step further and stepping in as living test beds for smart technology.
Smart city tech, if applied and deployed correctly, has the potential to bolster opportunity and internet access for residents, as well as streamline government functions like pothole maintenance. But testing and troubleshooting the technology at scale, which can help facilitate a smoother rollout, can be difficult to achieve. This is where arenas come into play.
At Arizona State University, for example, the college has begun a major upgrade, which includes building out new digital signage with Cisco Systems’ StadiumVision, upgrading its Wi-Fi, launching a parking app and working with Intel to create a microcosm for piloting smart city technologies. By doing so, the arena aims to ensure that sensors and other tech operate efficiently and securely prior to a larger deployment.
“The [ASU stadium] and ongoing projects are being used as a living lab,” Christine Boles, general manager of the industrial and energy solutions division for Intel’s Internet of Things Group, says TechRepublic.
Testing new security technologies will be a huge portion of the ASU stadium upgrade. This includes facial recognition software that will be used alongside more than 90 4K security cameras. The software will analyze data on fans based on facial expressions, Chris Richardson, assistant vice president of IT development at ASU, tells the site.
The stadium will also be used to test the best use of data collected by stadium sensors, such as determining security threats in sound data.
“They’re doing analysis on the sound data itself on how you might use that information. What is a good sound versus a security threat sound,” Boles says.
Going forward, Richardson says ASU has already applied for more funding to expand the technologies tested in the stadium and their use cases outside of the arena walls.
[Source credit: BizTechMagazine.com]
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If you’re trying to give your guests a seamless “WiFi fan” experience within your venue, Nexus IT Consultants has the WiFi expertise to make it happen.
After all, you hired architects, engineers, and a dozen different professional trades to build your large event facility. Why entrust your WiFi setup to just any IT company?
You need stadium and arena WiFi experts like us.
Let Nexus IT Consultants Handle Your Next Stadium WiFi Install
We do stadium/arena WiFi installations across the United States. And, we know how to get the job done right, on time, and within budget.
We know what we’re doing and won’t ever waste your time.
So, how does it work?
Our process begins with proposing a stadium WiFi design project.
After we have undertaken the design project and you choose to go with our design – and we’re confident that you will – installation is a six to eight-week process.
So, if you’re looking to enhance fan experience or capture information for marketing by offering free WiFi to your guests, we’re the large-project WiFi installation professionals you can trust.