In an otherwise disappointing season, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club can make claim to lead the Premiership by being the first club to install a stadium-wide wireless Lan for staff, sponsors, journalists and fans.
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The club has teamed up with wireless Lan management specialist Canova Wireless, broadband supplier Bulldog Communications, and wireless Lan hardware company Netgear to build the system.
The network is based on the high-speed 802.11g wireless Lan standard. Bulldog will supply the club with an SDSL (symmetrical digital supply line) broadband connection to the outside public network, which will see data being sent and received at the same high speed. Data sent to and from the wireless devices used in the ground will go through this broadband connection.
It is envisaged that fans wanting to get access to the network will be carrying PDAs, but they will have to pay for access, unlike the other groups. The Spurs Connect service will be promoted on the club’s website and in its club shops, with supporters being able to buy prepaid cards for access.
Those doing business through the system, including users in the club’s conferencing facilities, will be able to connect to their corporate networks using secure virtual private networking (VPN) links. Journalists will be invited to send their match reports via e-mail using the system.
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