Huawei, Infosys collaborate on smart stadium Wi-Fi

Huawei has teamed with Indian IT specialist Infosys to launch a Smart Stadium Solution, providing high-speed Wi-Fi access and smart services at sports stadiums and exhibition centers.

Since rolling out its Agile Stadium Solution in 2012, Huawei has been operating wireless network projects for sports stadiums worldwide -- experience that helped it win a contract with the Washington Redskins last year. To date, Huawei has deployed Wi-Fi networks in more than 20 famous stadiums worldwide.

In the joint solution with Infosys, Huawei provides the WLAN network infrastructure, while Infosys offers a service and operation platform. Huawei's Agile Controller transmits user and terminal information to Infosys' service platform through network interfaces, assisting stadium operators in provisioning innovative services and gaining more revenue.

The companies said the types of innovative services the relationship enables include access authentication of wireless users via mobile terminal apps, so spectators can get a variety of online services offered by a stadium; the ability to push specific information to users' apps based on their geographical location; and support for multiple locations and operators at the same venue.

"The critical point of the Smart Stadium Solution is to link all people, games, terminals and displays in the stadium through a fully connected wireless network. Moreover, through the in-depth coupling of the network and applications, our solution brings spectators an excellent and enjoyable experience," Ma Da, general manager for Agile Network Solutions at Huawei, said in a press release. "Stadium operators and event sponsors can also achieve more effective operations via the fully connected digital platform."

To date, Huawei has deployed Wi-Fi networks for the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) sports club in Germany, AFC Ajax in the Netherlands and Gold Coast Suns in Australia, as well as the national stadiums of countries such as China, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. It's not always just about the stadiums that are in need of Wi-Fi -- surrounding parking lots, administrative offices and practice facilities also need connectivity.

Last year, Huawei Enterprise USA announced a deal to provide Wi-Fi for the suite level at the 85,000-seat FedExField in Landover, Md., one of the largest stadiums in the National Football League. That deal also represented the first major sports sponsorship for Huawei in the U.S. As part of the agreement, Huawei became a multi-year team sponsor and "Official Technology Partner" for the Washington football club.

For more:
- see the press release

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