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Fans of Football League clubs in England will have the opportunity to enjoy new club-branded official mobile applications following the signing of a ground-breaking seven-year agreement between The Football League and intechnologyWiFi.

The new apps will provide fans of participating clubs with a free digital hub featuring real-time content on their club, including the latest news, social media content, commentary, highlights and statistics, as well as betting – delivered in association with the League’s title sponsor, Sky Bet.

Fans will be able to access and use the new mobile apps seamlessly, 365 days a year – even inside busy stadiums on matchdays, thanks to the state-of-the-art, high-capacity stadium WiFi networks that intechnologyWiFi will deliver as part of the deal. Rather than facilitating open access to the internet, the combination of the stadium WiFi network and mobile application is designed to deliver the complete digital matchday experience to supporters.

Both the development and delivery of the new mobile apps and the installation and management of the stadium WiFi networks will be delivered by intechnologyWiFi at no cost to The Football League, its clubs or their fans.  Instead, intechnologyWiFi will facilitate a host of new revenue generation opportunities to clubs.

The club mobile applications are being developed for iOS and Android users, and will be free to download from the respective app stores.

Shaun Harvey, the Chief Executive of The Football League, said:

I am absolutely delighted to welcome intechnologyWiFi to working with The Football League and its clubs.

Once again, The Football League is leading the way with regard to delivering digital solutions to its member clubs, so that they can enhance the supporter experience at their matches. The fact that intechnologyWiFi is able to deliver this solution at no cost, while also facilitating new revenue streams for our clubs, made this a compelling proposition.

Peter Wilkinson, CEO, Intechnology plc, said:
This deal is a much-needed game-changer for the football fan wanting to enjoy their sport to the fullest and get closer to their club than ever before.

Anyone who has tried to log-on in a stadium during a busy football match will know the sheer frustration of poor connectivity caused by bad WiFi or overburdened cellular networks (i.e. 3G or 4G), which can also be hugely expensive (in terms of data) for users. Our solution will revolutionise the digital match-day experience for fans, harnessing the power of great WiFi connectivity and the smartphone in the palm of their hand to deliver a market-defining digital content offering.

Wembley and EE transform iconic arch to mark new wave of stadium technology

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Wembley National Stadium Ltd. (WNSL) and EE has transformed the London skyline by installing the fastest interactive LED lighting system in the world on the arch as part of Wembley Stadium connected by EE’s ground-breaking six year partnership deal.

  • The LED lighting system  will react to event moments such as goals scored and crowd noise as well as social media sentiment
  • Arch light display will be viewable through live in-app Arch Cam as part of a series of updates to the official Wembley app launching 9 October
  • Wembley and EE reveal contactless ambition with payment and ticketing plans for less queues and more convenience
  • EE commits to installing world’s fastest commercial mobile data network in stadium by 2015, and quadruples capacity for phone calls, texts, social media updates and fan selfies

The advanced arch lighting system marks a new wave of technology innovations at the stadium – stage one of EE’s commitment to transform Wembley into the most connected stadium in the world. From early 2015, the iconic arch will act as the digital heartbeat of stadium events as fans will be able to control the light show with social media sentiment. The LED lights will also react to significant moments such as goals scored and crowd noise. The specialist lighting system is comprised of 228 large-scale LED floodlights which can create millions of colour combinations – including EE’s signature aqua tone – and when placed end to end stretch the length of five Olympic-size swimming pools.

The arch will be able to be viewed through the official Wembley app via the new live arch cam function, which forms part of a series of updates going live on October 9 – in time for England’s Euro qualifier against San Marino. Further updates include ‘Event Day’ mode, offering stadium visitors a dynamic news feed with aggregated social media content and a free event-day playlist, which will feature 150 tracks to help fans get in the mood to support their favourite team or act performing at Wembley. For those using the app at the stadium – new features offer fans a chance to win a seat upgrade for free and message the big screen direct from their smartphones.

Roger Maslin, Managing Director at Wembley National Stadium Ltd, said:

Technology is changing the way that people enjoy the events at Wembley Stadium – how they get here, how they get in, how they buy drinks and snacks, and how they share their experiences with friends and family. Wembley and EE have a shared ambition to use technology to make this stadium the best fan experience anywhere in the world – that’s about being the most connected stadium, and integrating mobile into everything people do here.

 Ahead of a busy autumn schedule with three NFL matches, vital England qualifiers and the first England Women’s Senior match at Wembley Stadium in November, we’re working to continue to create inspiring memories for every sport and music fan.

Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE said:

Switching on the new connected arch marks an exciting moment in our technology roll out, with fantastic new app features launching in October, contactless technology to change the way people queue and pay, and so much 3G and 4G capacity that uploading selfies and downloading replays are possible for everyone. The Wembley experience has advanced so much in the last seven months, and it’s just going to keep getting better and better.

Contactless Wembley

To keep technology at the forefront of the fan experience, and change the way people queue and pay, Wembley and EE are trialling contactless payments and ticketing in the stadium this year. Terminals are being installed in the stadium to support card payments, and mobile payments from EE’s Cash on Tap and other major device payment services. EE and Wembley have an ambition for over 50% of all payments in the stadium to be contactless by 2017.

Mobile network innovations

Since the partnership announcement in February, EE has commenced a vast network upgrade programme at the stadium to ensure that every visitor through the gates can stay connected. 3G and 4G capacity has already increased as part of EE’s commitment to provide consistently fast speeds, even on event days. More capacity means more people can connect, and upload more to social media and download or stream from sports channels. It also means phone calls and texts are more reliable, so you can keep in touch with friends and arrange where to meet.

In 2015, EE will continue to invest in superfast WiFi and enabling a 4G service that all the other UK operators can join – making sure every smartphone can get a great connection. EE will also launch the 300Mbps ‘LTE-Advanced’ network in Wembley next year, and trial speeds of up to 400Mbps, making Wembley the world’s fastest stadium.

Fotis Karonis, CTO at EE, said:

Since we announced this historic partnership six months ago, customers using the network at Wembley have already uploaded the equivalent of 850,000 selfies, and streamed 400,000 goal replays. We’ve added enough capacity to connect every visitor that walks through the gates, and we’re continuing to invest – more 3G, more 4G, Superfast WiFi and the capability to launch a multi-operator 4G service, supporting all the networks, means everyone with a smartphone can be connected at Wembley.

This partnership has a very clear vision – we want Wembley to be the world’s best connected stadium, showing off new technologies first and giving two million visitors a year the best possible Wembley experience.

 

Wembley Stadium connected by EE was transformed into a spectacular light show  to mark the start of the venue's high-tech makeover.

Wembley Stadium connected by EE was transformed into a spectacular light show to mark the start of the venue’s high-tech makeover.

Air Force Academy Chooses Boingo for DAS and Wi-Fi at its Falcon Stadium and Cadet Field House

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Boingo Wireless, one of the world’s leading Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi providers, recently announced that the Air Force Academy has chosen the company as its exclusive neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi provider for the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium and Cadet Field House.

 

The venues are home to the Air Force Falcons’ NCAA Division I teams, and serve a combined capacity of more than 56,000 spectators. The Wi-Fi network and neutral host, multi-carrier DAS will provide increased capacity and will significantly improve the wireless connectivity experience for fans and staff. Boingo Media, Boingo’s Wi-Fi advertising and sponsorship services group, will manage advertising services and sales for the venues.

 

Boingo is a leading provider of neutral host DAS networks at major league and university stadiums, including Chicago’s Soldier Field, University of Arizona’s Arizona Stadium, and Pinnacle Bank Arena, home of the University of Nebraska Huskers basketball teams.

Celtic Park launches fan app on wi-fi

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Celtic Park fans will soon be able to download a stadium app.

Celtic Park fans will soon be able to download a stadium app.

Celtic Park has embarked on a technology upgrade to provide wi-fi and a club fan app to its supporters.

Peter Lawell, CEO, Celtic Football Club said:

Wi-fi enabled football stadia have been talked about before, but no-one has yet done it on a scale and with the capacity to truly unlock what we see as tremendous potential. We are committed to delivering matchday experiences of the highest standard for our supporters and commercial partners and that requires us to be at the forefront of developing technology. We are delighted to be bringing true high density wi-fi to our entire ground. Our partnership with Sports Revolution and Cisco means we will be developing our services with the best in the business and that the match day experience at Celtic Park will be second to none.

Cisco’s installation covers the corporate facilities, concourses and stadium bowl seats, providing an opportunity to offer fans fully-enabled social media and rich mobile applications.

Sports Revolution is working with Celtic to develop an exclusive app called CelticLive that fans will be able to download to their smartphones from early in the 2013/14 season. The app, built on Sports Revolution’s StadiumLive platform, will give users the ability to view and interact with a wide range of relevant and engaging club content, specifically designed to enhance match day at Celtic Park.