IBM Builds Wi-Fi System with 4,000 Miles Fibre Optics in Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Atlanta

August, 2017

Sports arena will witness an immaculate sight in 2017 with the completion of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia, USA. The professional American football team ‘Atlanta Falcons’, in their home ground is structuring this state-of-the-art venue with a gamut of new technologies which promise to change the way sporting events have ever been watched.

Interestingly Mercedes-Benz Stadium joined hands with IBM to be the official systems integrator with the sole motive that every technology performs flawlessly.

IBM with its ambition to develop a smart stadium, featuring a Passive Optical Network (PON), will ensure digital signage and crystal-clear video display via fast yet reliable Wi-fi without consuming high power.

PON is an advanced fibre-based optical network and IBM will use it in an NFL stadium for the first time. It offers a miracle solution to sublime electricity usage without overloading as well as reduces cooling required for technology, thereby saving power and cost, without affecting the performance relished in the stadium.

This stadium will be bestowed with 1,800 wireless access points networked with over 4,000 miles of fibre to enable 75,000 people to enjoy the digital life. The PON drastically reduces the amount of power and cooling required for technology throughout the stadium and will help contribute of the overall sustainability aspect of the building.

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The real motive for raising such dynamic-smart stadium is to enable fans to enjoy fruits of the technology that it must offer without revealing even the slightest idea about behind the scenes occupations.

Daktronics, an industry leader in creating scoreboards and display systems will offer the crown-jewel of the stadium. A 360-degree, 63,000-square-foot HD Halo video board was developed by Falcons which will feature at centre of the venue giving all spectators in the stadium a seamless view of the action.

[caption id="attachment_6882" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Atlanta on final stage of completion (Source[/caption]

Adding to that over 2,000 video displays will be fitted in the mega structure which will include menu boards, scoreboards, televisions etc. for fans to enjoy the game. Each of the 2000 video displays across the stadium will be linked through an IPTV system. This system will allow stadium operators to regulate what is being played on all the display throughout the venue.

That’s not all! The tech-bounty venue will also eye a field-level technology suite with a data centre. This data centre suite will involve network operations centre where all system will be congregated to guarantee that all systems are performing optimally without failure. The technology suite will be for the first time featuring a production control room on the ground level.

Well, finally it remains to see how Atlanta Falcon and their fans relish the unsullied tech auxiliary – real-time gamming insights and never seen before scenes rolls out.

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