POLAN - Fibre Network solutions for large scale connectivity

A new stadium must be designed from the outset for multi-use and the stadium’s IT infrastructure should be based on the latest technology which would be incorporated from the ground up, enabling superb connectivity for visitors across the entire venue. It is essential to deliver secure, reliable infrastructure that allows flexibility for the venue operator to cater for future demands.

All this means that in any one location there can be a seeming overload of competing critical assets, like video kiosks and surveillance cameras, retail point of sale devices, automated building sensors along with the thousands of spectators and their own connected devices. It needs a local area network that can shoulder the seemingly endless demand for access and still deliver high bandwidth connectivity for all those who use the venue.

Robust infrastructure

Now we are talking about a Passive Optical LAN backbone infrastructure with the capability to support not only the fixed Ethernet requirements but also the Wireless connectivity.

There is a huge difference between implementing Wi-Fi and deploying high-density wireless connectivity. While a wireless access point can provide Wi-Fi access for fans, the latter offers the possibility of improving the whole visitor experience.

Delivering this level of robust connectivity to 70,000 or 80,000 fans in one building is very hard to do.

Designed for the future

With ever-changing network needs, sophisticated players are turning to a viable long-term solution.

The future of stadium LANs is in fibre optics. The adoption of POLAN is increasing as the benefits of this technology become clearer and more widely accepted as the ideal way to deliver a premium experience for the fans.

Enhanced customer experience

In the USA, fans can order food from their seats, avoiding queues at the concession kiosks; they can check the location of toilets and find their seats easily when they arrive; check where the nearest concessions are located, or even gain access to exclusive player information and camera angles that they couldn’t get when viewing at home.

More devices and more advanced technologies, such as big data, wireless, cloud and hosted/managed services, mean more demand on the network and the long-term outlook for a copper-based solution is a real issue. The reality is that traditional copper-based networks are limited in speed, reach, bandwidth and security. They are complex to manage and maintain, and force companies to fragmented, short-term solutions to some very big problems.

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