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Augsburger Panthers benefit from new IPTV & signage system

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Guests attending home games of the popular Augsburger Panthers ice hockey team in Germany can now choose from over twenty commercial TV channels and see the latest team updates in the VIP areas, following a roll-out of MediaStar Evolution, the integrated IPTV and signage system from Cabletime. The solution has been installed at the Curt-Frenzel Stadion in Augsburg, home to the Augsburger Panthers and is part of a marketing outreach programme to sponsors.

 

The installation of an integrated IP-based video and AV distribution solution, implemented by Ratingen-based Cabletime partner, Fundamental Consulting GmbH & Co. KG, is now enabling the Augsburger Panthers to take control of the channels they make available to guests, replacing a legacy system that was not functioning well.

 

Leonardo Conti, Marketing Manager at the Panthers, advises:

Previously, we didn’t have the option to control content that we wanted to play and we had problems with the video freezing or not working at all. Now the system is stable. We can deliver the main German TV channels without a hitch and we hope to offer cable TV shortly too. We also provide a live channel generated internally with information on the players and the team. We leave it up to our guests in the VIP areas to select their choice of channel.

 

In total the stadium has two VIP areas, Event West and Event North, already equipped with screens. In addition, there are 24 VIP lounges for corporate sponsorship and a public VIP area and the installation of the MediaStar IPTV system is expected to serve almost 50 screens when the roll-out is complete.

 

Conti adds:

We also expect to use the system as a means to generate revenue by selling air-time during the intermissions. This would coincide with adding displays in the public areas, possibly outside the stadium and most importantly in the catering areas.

 

The MediaStar solution was specified and installed by Fundamental Consulting whose Key Account Manager, Markus Lubik, advised:

Cabletime was the only supplier to meet the requirements for quality, features and price. We evaluated several options, but Augsburger Panthers liked what Cabletime offered and they have been happy with the roll-out. We are now looking forward to extending the system into the public areas.

 

The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

Chesterfield FC benefits from new electronic scoreboard

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Visitors to Chesterfield FC’s ground are benefiting from a new electronic scoreboard supplied and installed by digital LED specialists Messagemaker Displays, thanks to a unique lease partnership.

The Proact Stadium is a state-of-the-art venue with a seating capacity of over 10,000. In addition to being ‘home’ to Chesterfield FC, the stadium is also a premier business and leisure venue for North Derbyshire, hosting a range of conferences and events throughout the year.

Chesterfield FC wanted to upgrade their scoreboard, taking advantage of the latest technology, both to reflect the iconic status of the stadium and add video to enhance the match-going experience for supporters. They were very attracted by Messagemaker’s long term lease purchase option, which has allowed the introduction of an eye-catching and engaging display with minimal up-front cost.

Standing tall at 30sqm, the new screen forms a focal feature for the ‘Spireites’ (Chesterfield FC) match-goers, allowing them to keep track of the score and time during matches. The new technology offers added versatility, enabling selected video material to be shown during the pre-match build up as well as engaging audiences during half-time by showing match highlights.

Chesterfield FC’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Kevin Fitzgerald, said:

The new screen lends the stadium added prestige, reinforcing our status as a professional club able to offer the latest facilities to create the best visitor experience.

Provided on a long term lease basis, the deal has allowed the Club to introduce the new technology with minimal up-front investment. Unique to Messagemaker, this purchase option is offered on a shared risk and reward basis, with the Company supplying the equipment at a low up-front cost and additional revenue generated through advertising providing the balance. The revenue accruing from advertising is split between the club, Messagemaker and estate landlords.

Messagemaker’s Tony Ford, who has extensive experience with large screens and a background in commercial brokerage, can offer advice to sports clubs and other venues in choosing the best solution and setting up the lease agreement as well as helping with finding advertising sponsors.

Managing Director Harry Filer is enthusiastic about the new approach Messagemaker is now able to offer, as he commented:

Installing a large electronic LED screen provides a bright and engaging display that appeals to visitors used to the convenience of digital technology. Funding new developments can sometimes be challenging especially. Offering a quick return with minimal outlay, our new lease option, which is the first of its kind, will make it easier for clubs plus other venues and premises to upgrade their facilities so they can compete on a level playing field.

Fitzgerald added:

We are really pleased to be linking up with Harry and Tony at Messagemaker. Throughout the whole process of looking for a digital screen partner, they ticked every box and were a real joy to work with.

To find out more about Messagemaker’s comprehensive range of LED displays and purchase options, visit: www.messagemaker.co.uk

Green Bay Packers select VITEC’s IPTV HD video solution at Lambeau Field

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VITEC – a global leader in the provision of powerful digital video solutions – has been chosen by the Green Bay Packers for High Definition (HD) content delivery to over 600 large LCD TV’s throughout Lambeau Field, providing ultra-low latency IP streaming throughout the stadium concourses, premium club areas and VIP suites, so fans can enjoy the ultimate game-day experience.

The Green Bay Packers chose VITEC’s IPTV Solution for the cost-effective combination of providing low latency streaming video and a flexible, customisable design giving them the ability, freedom and support to further develop, enhance and optimise the EZ TV system. VITEC provided an end-to-end streaming video system that displays pristine High Definition H.264 video, with ultra-low latency, over IP networks to over 600 large LCD TVs around the main concourse at Lambeau Field.

VITEC’s IPTV solution has modules to control the television end points via Set Top boxes, which provide central channel management, volume and power controls enabling the delivery of game, event, informative and advertorial video content. VITEC’s EZ TV gives Lambeau Field administrators complete control of the user experience by selecting which channel to view on any TV, anywhere in the stadium. VITEC helped the Green Bay Packers to turn Lambeau Field into a fully optimised venue using cutting-edge IPTV technology to deliver broadcast-grade HD video.

Eli Garten, Vice President of Product Management at VITEC, said:

VITEC is quickly becoming a solution leader for professional and college stadiums and arenas and the Green Bay Packers are a perfect example of how sports arena A/V groups can adapt VITEC’s open-architecture IPTV and signage system to their specific workflows. Video quality, ultra-low latency IP streaming and the customization are the driving factors behind choosing VITEC.

See these and other VITEC solutions at NAB 2015, Las Vegas, Booth #SL6305.

About VITEC
VITEC is a worldwide leading provider of innovative digital video products that support end-to-end media solutions for Broadcast, Military, Medical, Education, Enterprise, Telco, Government, Transportation, Sports and Entertainment customers. VITEC’s professional-grade video technologies have changed the landscape of how video is processed and delivered around the world and drive many of the major video services in key vertical markets.

For more information, visit www.vitec.com.

All company and product names used herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. © 2014 VITEC

Melbourne Cricket Ground to take stadium technology and fan engagement to new levels

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Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) today unveiled plans to turn Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) into one of Australia’s most technically-advanced and connected stadiums for fans, members and stakeholders.

In conjunction with partners Cockram, IBM and Cisco, the MCC announced that it will progressively deliver a range of technology infrastructure during 2015. The solution will connect fans and improve the spectator experience, bringing them closer to the action as it happens. It includes:
•    A super-fast, secure, high-density Wi-Fi network in and around the stadium, allowing fans to access real-time and interactive content and to engage with other fans.
•    A state-of-the-art exterior LED lighting system that will enhance the visual appearance of the MCG and allow teams/clubs to personalise and theme the stadium for their fans.
•    A best-of-breed Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system to deliver digital content to high-definition displays throughout the MCG, displaying information as it happens.
•    Best-in-class facilities for media and broadcasters that will enable faster supply of event content to fans around the world.

The works are the next phase in a AUD$45m investment by the MCC, which has already delivered the two largest, high-definition scoreboards in Australia and the next generation of high-definition television production facilities.

The project will deliver a cutting-edge, high-density Wi-Fi network inside the MCG, allowing fans, members and stakeholders fast access to the internet on any device at the stadium.

The IPTV solution will see installation of 800 high-definition screens. Fans will be able to watch high-definition replays and keep track of the action as it unfolds. Coupled with existing screens, a total of 2800 televisions around the stadium will mean that fans won’t miss a moment.

MCC CEO, Stephen Gough, said:

I am delighted that the MCG will soon be one of the most connected stadiums in the country. This is a significant investment to improve and personalise the MCG customer experience and also operate a more efficient stadium. This will take the fan experience to another level with significant improvements to the MCG’s connectivity. This increased capacity will be great news for the four million people who visit the MCG each year.

One of the central pillars of the MCG technology improvements surrounds the ability to ‘theme’ the stadium in the colours of the home team. Approximately 240 LED lamps will ‘light’ the entire underside of the upper area of Level 4 seating, enabling the exterior of the stadium to be lit up in team/club colours, allowing AFL and cricket tenants to differentiate their home matches, as Mr Gough advised:

Whether you are a Collingwood, Hawthorn or Melbourne Stars fan, you want to feel like you are at a home game. We can now add to that true home team feeling at the MCG.

LED strip lighting will also be installed on the exterior façade to highlight the stadium, including gate entrances. Improved external digital way finding signage will be provided in Yarra Park.

The MCC has assessed a number of the world’s best stadiums – including Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Metlife Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Citifield, AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Staples CenterCamp Nou and Wembley Stadium – to find a solution with the fans’ best interests in mind.

Mr Gough said:

We have witnessed new technologies in action elsewhere and we want to ensure the MCG remains one of the greatest stadiums in the world.

Cockram Construction has been engaged as head contractor of the project.

“We look forward to delivering a critical piece of technology infrastructure for the most iconic sporting stadium in the country,” said Cockram Managing Director, Malcolm Batten.

MCC appointed IBM as head technical contractor to design, evaluate technology options and implement the selected solution to further enable the delivery of fan engagement innovations.

Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director IBM Smarter Cities Australia, said:

The technology solution IBM has designed and is implementing will deliver the foundational backbone for MCC to future-proof Australia’s premier, world-renowned stadium. This work will enable MCC to take advantage of the latest mobile, social and analytics technologies. It will create unrivalled and personalised in-stadium fan engagement and ensure premier game day experiences, giving fans more reasons to visit more often.

IBM’s expertise in delivering world leading innovation and digital solutions for sport and entertainment industries will deliver new commercial possibilities and attract more world-class events to the MCG. 

IBM is excited to partner with MCC on this transformation journey.

Cisco Systems Director, Jonathon Dixon, said:

The MCG is an iconic global sporting venue, and the MCC is transforming the stadium into one of the most technologically advanced in the world with the help of Cisco Sports & Entertainment solutions.

We believe that as the Internet of Everything connects more people, processes, data and things, the fan experience will become more immersive, customised and engaging. We are thrilled to be working with leaders like the MCC and IBM on this project.

For further information, please visit www.mcg.org.au.
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Sports Revolution and Celtic FC win prestigious award for stadium Wi-Fi

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CelticLIVE, the stadium Wi-Fi system and fan application developed by Sports Revolution and Celtic Football Club, has won a prestigious European award.

The European Club Association (ECA) named it ‘Best Achievement – Marketing’ in their annual awards, which reward outstanding football club performance and management.

When it was introduced 12 months ago, CelticLIVE was the first fully-functioning stadium Wi-Fi system in the UK. As well as working with Cisco Systems to equip the 60,500-seat Celtic Park with complete Wi-Fi connectivity, Sports Revolution delivered another ‘first’, as Paradise became the first stadium to operate Wi-Fi in conjunction with a dedicated matchday app. Supporters who download CelticLIVE to their phones benefit from live by-the-minute stats during games, photo and video content, commentary and the ability to vote for the man-of-the-match.

European Club Association (ECA) honours CelticLIVE at annual awards.

European Club Association (ECA) honours CelticLIVE at annual awards.

Over the past year, the service has been a hit with fans, with the CelticLIVE app downloaded by 45,000 fans and over 136,000 registering to the stadium Wi-Fi. Over 72,000 videos have been played through the app and shared content on social media has allowed #celticlive to reach 4.6m fans through Twitter.

Sports Revolution worked with Celtic FC to develop the system in response to direct feedback from Celtic fans. Supporter surveys showed that fans were frustrated that they could not communicate with their friends and their favourite brands via smartphone and tablet devices on a matchday.

Simon Hills, Commercial Director at Sports Revolution, said:

We are thrilled to win this prestigious award for our work with Celtic. From the start, this has all been about enhancing the match-day experience for the fans. The combination of true stadium Wi-Fi access, coupled with a dedicated app that adds real value for fans and supports our belief that stadium Wi-Fi is fast becoming an expected part of the matchday experience.

Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, who was in attendance at the ECA General Assembly to pick up the award on behalf of Celtic and Sports Revolution, added:

We are delighted to accept this award from the European Club Association. Celtic is one of Europe’s leading football clubs and we are proud of the efforts we have made in this area.

We are committed to delivering the best matchday experience possible for our supporters and that commitment requires us to stay at the forefront of technological advances.

Our partnership with Sports Revolution, coupled with other developments progressing around Celtic Park, means that matchday experience will be second to none.

 

For further information on Sports Revolution, go to: www.sportsrevolution.co.uk

SAE Asia Pacific 2014 red box

Antony Marcou, Group Managing Director at Sports Revolution, will be a panellist during the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event on the “Revenue generation: maximising returns for your venue or sporting event” roundtable, while Cisco System’s Manny Spanoudakis will join the conference’s panel session “Enhancing the fan experience: new ideas and approaches”. For the latest show news, go to: www.saevents.uk.com

 

Call Systems Technology scores contract with Manchester City FC through partner Verteda

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The 48,000 visitors of Premier League champions, Manchester City FC, will reap the benefits of a smart kitchen automation solution this season, which will see a dramatic improvement in service delivery times across its hospitality areas at Etihad Stadium.

Call Systems Technology (CST), the UK’s leading supplier of on-site wireless communications systems, has installed its ConnectSmart Kitchen® (CSK) system across the six hospitality areas to ensure quick and efficient service levels for all visitors to the club.

CST worked alongside hospitality technology solutions provider, Verteda, to provide a flexible kitchen automation solution, replacing the stadium’s existing manual and printer paper operation. The application of CSK® took place as part of a major renovation of the front and back of house facilities at the Etihad Stadium, managed by Verteda. The project included the installation of the award-winning InfoGenesis POS solution and mobile ordering devices, with the aim of incorporating technology to streamline back of house processes, such as supplier orders, inventory control, cash management and Business Intelligence reporting.

CST was tasked with improving the following: service delivery times, communication between front and back of house, and order delivery in the kitchen. The system also had to deal with reducing labour by eliminating the need for staff to go to the kitchen to request orders. The ConnectSmart Kitchen® (CSK) system provides operational data to help the stadium’s business managers learn about the kitchen operation so that they can continue to improve service delivery for every fan visiting the stadium in the future.

CST installed a 16 screen CSK® system across the six different hospitality areas at the stadium, allowing the separate kitchens to work seamlessly together without the need for manual communication, leaving staff able to focus on service. The CSK® system helps the stadium’s chefs to determine which food items to focus on, taking into consideration preparation times of each so all items for the order complete at the same time. Screens at each chef’s station present staff with all the information they need when and where they need it. This ensures that customers receive their meals together, freshly prepared, even when cooking times vary.

Ashley Sheppard, Commercial Director at CST, commented:

What a fantastic result for Manchester City FC. As championship winners, it is more important than ever that the team’s skill on the pitch is complemented by the quality of their stadium hospitality. The potential for 48,000 visitors to be at the stadium on match day creates an incredibly demanding atmosphere for hospitality staff where speed and efficiency of service are paramount.

Our CSK® system was a crucial component of the new hospitality technology implemented at the site. It ensures that all food is prepared quickly and efficiently – especially at half time when the staff are placed under enormous pressure.

Neil Worcester, Venue Director at Fabulous FanFayre, contract caterers at the Etihad Stadium, added:

The catering facilities at the stadium were in real need of modernisation and to be operational efficient. Now, with the help of CST and Verteda, we offer a superior quality service that ensures quick and efficient service levels and in turn, customer satisfaction. The kitchen automation system is ideal for when the team are juggling lots of orders, something which is sure to increase with the recent approval for an extra 14,000 seats at the stadium.

Singapore Sports Hub selects NCR for venue management solution

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NCR Corporation (NYSE:  NCR), a global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced this week that it has successfully deployed the NCR Venue Management solution at the new Singapore Sports Hub; a mega-sports complex with six venues. It is one of the few venues in the world that can host concurrent events, accommodating over 70,000 spectators at one time.

NCR plays a significant role in the project and at the core is NCR Venue Manager, an advanced point-of-sale (POS) and reporting system that is deployed in more than 250 stadiums and arenas globally. NCR Venue Manager has been selected to streamline operations, deliver an unparalleled level of service and help bring a world-class experience in Asia’s newest sports and entertainment complex. It will provide Singapore Sports Hub with instantaneous sales information from every POS device and retail outlet enabling it to accurately report, analyze and forecast sales ensuring real-time inventory control and cash management.

Todd Smoots, General Manager, Sports Hub Catering, said:

Singapore sports and music fans expect the in-venue experience to be world-class, enjoyable and hassle-free. NCR’s expertise and vast experience in venue management will help us fulfill our commitment to provide exceptional service to event-goers, while increasing our operational efficiency, reducing waste and keeping costs under control through their systems real-time reporting.

In a move to better engage fans at the stadium, the Singapore Sports Hub partnered with NCR to provide a host of innovative venue management solutions including 317 touch screen POS systems to reduce queues and serve fans at the extensive food and beverage restaurants, corporate boxes and concession stands at the stadium. Additionally, NCR has deployed its NCR Vitalcast digital signage solution throughout the complex across 390 displays to create and share promotions, advertisements and event information to the fans.

Nick Wagnitz, General Manager – Specialty Hospitality for NCR, commented:

The NCR system puts the new Singapore Sports Hub at the forefront of venue technology by providing amazing flexibility, control and connectivity. Easy-to-use, reliable technology that increases the speed of service is crucial for event venues that are focused on providing the best fan experience. Our solutions support Singapore Sports Hub‘s goals to engage fans and build its reputation as one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment destinations.

The Singapore Sports Hub

The Singapore Sports Hub is one of Asia’s premier sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub’s with integrated community programming. Consisting of a unique cluster development of integrated world-class sports facilities within the city, it will play a critical role in accelerating the development of sports industry, excellence and participation, and will take sports to the next level in Singapore.

Located on a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub will include the following facilities:

  • A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and movable tiered seating
  • A 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre that meets FINA standards
  • A 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena which will be scalable and flexible in layout
  • Water Sports Centre featuring dragon boating, kayaking and canoeing
  • 41,000sqm Kallang Wave mall
  • The iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium
  • Singapore Sports Museum
  • Sports Hub Library
  • Daily community facilities and activities open for Singaporeans, including beach volleyball, hard courts for basketball, lawn bowls, giant chess, skate park, climbing wall and running/cycling circuit

The Singapore Sports Hub will be one of the Venue’s in Focus featuring in the next edition of PanStadia & Arena Management, due out end of August. In the meantime, find out more information on the project’s design team here.

Ungerboeck gives back to Venue Industry with community version of software and new IAVM partnership

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With the launch of the new Community version of Ungerboeck for Venues, Ungerboeck Software has taken its gold-standard venue management solution and put it within financial reach of smaller and midsize venues. The new offering is being launched in partnership with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and is specifically designed to benefit the venue industry as a whole.

 

CEO, Krister Ungerboeck, said:

At Ungerboeck, we believe every venue, no matter what their size, deserves best-in-class booking software. The new Ungerboeck for Venues allows us to effectively and affordably offer Ungerboeck Software to every venue out there.

 

The latest offering is based on the same powerful platform that Ungerboeck’s larger venue customers have used for decades, but it is more tightly tailored to the needs of small to midsize venues, introduces a-la-carte pricing, and is accessible from the cloud. With streamlined processes, simplified usability, and web-based access, there is also no longer a need for complex IT management onsite. The end result is a dramatic reduction in entry price – often up to 90% less — for the venue industry’s premier event management software solution.

 

Ungerboeck for Venues is now available in three different configurations. The Community Edition goes beyond simple event booking and is perfect for venues with up to 10-users. Midsize venues, with up to 30-users, may opt for the more robust Flex Edition that has additional functionality with the ability to add features and license types a-la-carte. The Enterprise Edition is still available to larger venues that need complete venue management, including executive level analysis tools.

 

And to further support the industry, Ungerboeck has entered into a partnership with the International Association of Venue Managers for the Ungerboeck for Venues launch. For a limited time, Ungerboeck Software Community and Flex Editions will include one IAVM membership. In addition, Ungerboeck will share a portion of the profits from new software subscriptions with IAVM to help them further their mission; “To educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals, worldwide.”

 

Early adopters have highlighted the accessibility of the new Ungerboeck for Venues solution. For example, as a small Nebraska convention centre Executive Director, Terri Carlson was looking for event booking software that went beyond what spreadsheets could offer. As the sole software user, she chose the Ungerboeck for Venues Community Edition over other products in the same price range because it gave her the functionality she needs, the ability to work remotely, access to client history allowing her to easily book recurring events, and convenient access to online training.

 

Carlson commented:

Ungerboeck said from the time we start to the time you’re up and going would be two weeks at the most. I was up and running after the first two and a half hour training session, and honestly I probably could have figured the software out on my own. It’s that straightforward.

 

More information about the Ungerboeck Software Community, Flex, and Enterprise Editions can be found online at: http://ungerboeck.com/solutions/venue-software/venue-software-pricing.

SKIDATA’s global expansion continues apace

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SKIDATA is moving forwards with its international expansion, and was able to increase its total revenue in 2013 by over 15%. In 2014, it has opened subsidiaries in Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay, and has acquired an interest in its Australian distributor.

 

SKIDATA – a leading global access control provider, headquartered in Grödig, Salzburg – is opening three new subsidiaries: SKIDATA Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay. SKIDATA underscores its international expertise and expansion strategy with the new offices in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, and Montevideo.

 

The company has been active in these markets for some time, and been able to implement over 100 projects in these three countries already. Examples are the Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay; the Kerteh Airport in Malaysia; the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey; hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul and the Sheraton Ankara; as well as the Turkish shopping centres ArmoniPark Outlet Centre and AVM Capitol.

 

SKIDATA is also strengthening its cooperation on other continents: the Austrian company acquired an interest in its Australian partner of many years, WTS, last January. Currently, SKIDATA is represented by 19 subsidiaries, 4 joint ventures, and over 100 partners in more than 70 countries. More will follow in the near future. In 2013, SKIDATA’s revenue reached to 187 million euros – a growth of 15.4% compared to 2012.

 

Hugo Rohner, CEO at SKIDATA AG, said:

Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay are important emerging markets for SKIDATA. In the last few years we have already managed to complete some beautiful and important projects with partners in those countries. We have now taken the next step and established our own subsidiaries in these countries. This allows us to offer all of SKIDATA’s expertise on-site and means we are always close to our customers so we can offer them the best service and support. Through our experts from those countries, we can better understand our clients and their cultural context.

 

The new subsidiaries are full-service, covering the entire supply chain, from marketing, consulting, and sales, through planning and project management, including installation and startup, up to expert customer service. The current teams located at SKIDATA’s subsidiaries are made up of trained personnel, who have already worked with SKIDATA products in Malaysia, Turkey, and/or Uruguay, as well as employees who have been transferred from the SKIDATA Group.

 

Founded in Grödig near Salzburg in 1977, SKIDATA has sold products from its headquarters to over 70 countries and now serves almost 10,000 customers, including ski resorts and sports stadiums, providing secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. Besides the headquarters in Grödig, development also takes place in Klagenfurt, Montmélian, Bangalore, and Dallas. The know-how that this expert in access control possesses is made available to customers from all over the world through the help of subsidiaries, joint ventures, and partners. Detailed know-how about products and solutions is available to international customers through strong cooperation between the local teams in the respective countries and the employees in the development centres.

 

Image: Hugo Rohner, CEO, SKIDATA AG. Copyright: SKIDATA

 

TD Place set to enhance the fan experience

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The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) recently announced TELUS as a Founding Partner and the Official Telecommunications Supplier for TD Place and OSEG’s three sports teams; the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and Ottawa 67’s (OHL).  The ten-year founding partnership agreement ensures that visitors to TD Place receive Canada’s most advanced fan experience when they attend sporting events and concerts at the facility.

 

OSEG CEO, Bernie Ashe, said:

Several years ago, when we began researching the elements that differentiate a good fan experience from a great one, we learned that free high-speed Wi-Fi and access to unique content were critically important. TELUS understands it’s not just about the technology; it’s about enhancing relationships with guests and giving them the ability to exchange information, photos and videos with friends in the stadium or anywhere in the world, without thinking about bandwidth or data plan minutes. TELUS provides the technology and creative guidance to enable us to deliver a great fan experience.

 

A facet of the founding partnership that drives fan experience is the integration of the world’s most advanced platform for digital content management, Cisco StadiumVision™.

 

StadiumVision, supplied, deployed and operated by Telus at TD Place, will provide fans with live coverage of games, unique video features and a range of other event related information on the 400+ HD video screens located throughout the facility.

 

Michael Sangster, Vice President of Federal Government Relations at TELUS, advised at the announcement:

Today is an exciting day for the city of Ottawa, as well as for its sports and entertainment fans. It is also a very proud and exciting day for the entire TELUS team. We are a company that believes strongly in giving back to our communities, and this partnership allows us to be a part of sports and entertainment history in the beautiful city of Ottawa.

 

The founding partnership with TELUS also ensures that Ottawa REDBLACKS fans will have access to team related digital content on mobile devices with the official REDBLACKS App.  The app, developed by Telus and available for Android and iOS, will deliver video features, replays, stats, stadium information and a range of soon to be imagined future content.

 

Ashe added:

That’s another key differentiator. TELUS solutions are scalable to meet our future technology requirements and fan preferences. They are a true partner and we are delighted to welcome TELUS to TD Place.

 

Image caption: (credit the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group) Bernie Ashe, CEO of Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group; Kevin Runia, Director, Sales, Telus;     Adrian Sciarra, VP of Partnership and Merchandise Sales, OSEG; Michael Sangster, Vice President, Federal Government Relations, Telus; Big Joe; Nicholas Cartmell, Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives, Telus; John Pugh, Partner with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; Jeff Hunt, Partner with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; and Randy Burgess, VP of Communications and Fan Experience with OSEG.

 

FYI: Enhancing the Fan Experience: A Technology Showcase will be a key industry feature for our forthcoming Autumn/Fall ’14 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management. If your company would like to be included or as a venue operator you would like to have your say, please contact Katie McIntyre on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212 (Ireland) or via email at: katie@aladltd.co.uk

AOTO’s perimeter LED displays at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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The mega event that was the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was hosted by 12 stadiums, all of which had perimeter LED display systems provided by AOTO Electronics.

 

After a month of 64 competitions, Germany was finally crowned champions at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. This is the second time Brazil has been chosen as the host country for a FIFA World Cup since 1950, and it marked the fifth time the event has been held in a South American country since 1978.

 

AOTO Electronics was responsible for providing all of the 2014 FIFA World Cup host stadiums with perimeter LED display systems, as well as high-definition LED display systems for 5 Fan Parks; Sao Paulo, Belo Hotizonte, Manaus, Porto Alegre and Recife. This is the second time AOTO LED displays has served a FIFA World Cup, the first being the 2010 event in South Africa.

 

The stadium perimeter LED displays used for the 2014 World Cup had a pixel pitch of 10mm SMD LED, they featured high-precision colour reproduction, a uniformity of saturation and an ultra high refresh rate to meet the live broadcast high speed video camera requirements, all of which was sync’d ‘live’ to respond to the World Cup slogan “All in one rhythm”. Both the fans in the stadiums and the millions of television viewers were able to witness the stunning effects shown on AOTO’s LED display systems.

 

As an LED display system solution supplier for top international sports events, AOTO self-developed LED displays have been successfully serving 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, 2012 UEFA EURO, 2012 London Olympic Games (Torch relay), 2013 FIS SKI World Cup, 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, 2013 Formula One World Championship, 2014 French Open etc. They have also been successfully applied in top international sporting events for the last 7 years, sharing countless moments with millions of audiences and fans around the world, expressing the AOTO brand value and connotations to the world.

 

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Upgraded DAS for baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field

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TE Connectivity upgrades Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field, with new services, more network capacity and enhanced mobile services for fans.

 

TE Connectivity announced that InSite Wireless Group has upgraded TE’s FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) for enhanced mobile service coverage and capacity at Minnesota’s Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team and site of this year’s All-Star Game. The upgraded systems add enhanced LTE services for subscribers to the nation’s four largest mobile operators throughout the 39,000-seat stadium, and will ensure seamless mobile services during the big game.

 

InSite initially selected and deployed TE DAS systems for 2G and 3G services when Target Field opened in 2010, delivering 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies to support GSM, UMTS, CDMA, and EV-DO for back-of-house wireless service. The wireless system expanded to service the concourse and seating areas and added 700 LTE 4G service. The most recent upgrades add 1900 MHz MIMO and 2100 MHz AWS 4G LTE services and four additional sectors within the seating areas, as well as four external sectors to cover the ingress/egress areas of the stadium. Finally, TE’s active integration panel (AIP) has also been installed to allow each mobile operator to monitor the performance of their wireless service inside of the venue.

 

Robb Alarcon, Sr. Director of DAS Engineering at InSite, commented:

At major events like the All-Star Game, everyone expects flawless mobile service so they can share texts, e-mails, photos and videos with friends. We selected TE’s DAS systems for Target Field because they offer performance, deployment simplicity, and cost-effectiveness, and TE’s outstanding service organisation ensured a smooth deployment.

 

To provide complete service coverage at Target Field, InSite used a combination of TE’s digital solutions, FlexWave Prism DAS and FlexWave Spectrum DAS. The FlexWave Prism DAS provides coverage and capacity over large, open areas like the stadium bowl, while the FlexWave Spectrum DAS delivers services in enclosed areas, such as locker rooms and luxury suites/corporate boxes. The systems work together and are driven by a common set of host units, which further simplifies deployment and reduces costs.

 

Indoor DAS antennas at Target Field

Indoor DAS antennas at Target Field

 

Bose on board at new Bordeaux stadium

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US audio electronics company, Bose, has signed a sponsorship deal with the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, the new stadium being built in the French city ahead of UEFA’s EURO 2016 soccer tournament.

 

Bose will become the official sound system of the new 43,000-capacity venue, which is scheduled to open in May 2015. No financial details have been released as of yet but the deal will run for an initial three years.

 

Bose will supply its equipment in the final stages of the stadium construction process and will have its logo on all the stadium’s marketing and communications collateral.

 

The company is already a technical partner of the French basketball league; under a deal that was agreed in November 2013.

 

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux: Stadium Stats

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is the planned new stadium of Girondins de Bordeaux and one of the host venues for EURO 2016. It will replace the city’s current Stade Chaban-Delmas.

 

The first stone was laid in April 2013 and the stadium is scheduled for completion end 2014/early 2015.

 

The stadium has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, who were also responsible for the iconic Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. According to the architects, their vision for the stadium is “an expression of fundamentally new architecture. The pure shape of the volume, by contrast to its light and open structure, creates an at once monumental and graceful architectural piece elegantly suited to the grand landscape of Bordeaux”.

 

The stadium’s capacity will be approximately 42,000 and include 3,000 business seats and another 1,000 seats in VIP lodges.

 

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is being built on a site on the northern edge of the city, not far from the river Rhône. An area of parklands will be created around the venue, which will be connected to the city with new tram lines.

 

Image courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron