29 Aug, 2016

What Your Business Can Learn from Connected Stadiums

With the Olympics wrapping up and football season just beginning, it’s an exciting time for sports fans. As I’ve said before, sports have always been a big part of my life. Growing up, I played basketball, soccer and field hockey, and today I still find time for a Masters swimming program at the local pool.

The intersection of sports and technology has never been more profound. While rooted in tradition, sports are experiencing the same digital transformation confronting many of your businesses today. Technologies like mobile devices, data analytics and wireless connectivity are impacting athletes, coaches, and fans the same way they are impacting your employees, customers and operations – challenging in many ways, but unlocking tremendous growth opportunity and competitive advantage.

As sports fans increasingly share their game day experiences on social media and rely on their phones to look up team stats, stadium connectivity has never been more important. (…how frustrating is it when you’re at a game and can’t send a text, respond to an important email, or post a picture on Facebook?)

So how do stadiums handle the data surge when tens of thousands of attendees go online at the same time? In this video, you’ll see a minute-by-minute timeline of how connected stadiums process massive amounts of data in real-time. From turn-by-turn directions to instant replays from the stadium’s app, a robust IT infrastructure is critical to stay ahead of fan behaviors.

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The same IT solutions that powered Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl 50 and preparedRio’s airport for the Summer Games apply equally to office buildings, schools, convention centers, state fairs, or any other venue where large numbers of people need to be connected.

So whether your customers are sports fans, employees, students or travelers, make sure your environment is equipped with the right technology to help them realize the potential of a truly connected world.

-Meg

If your business is in need of a wireless upgrade, watch this webinar to learn how Aruba built the Levi’s Stadium network and what robust Wi-Fi could mean for your business.

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