Watford FC deploys advanced stadium IP network


Watford FC deploys advanced stadium IP network

Antony Savvas

Watford Football Club is building a voice, video and data communication system, to be deployed at its Vicarage Road home.

The network will help deliver 10 gigabits per second to every part of the championship club’s stadium.

The fixed and wireless network supports a Cisco Unified Communications system and video streaming.

The network is expected to improve the stadium experience for fans and corporate visitors at the ground, as well as helping deliver significant cost savings and efficiency improvements in venue management.

The Cisco network infrastructure has been installed and is already supporting a smartcard system used by fans to get through turnstiles much faster. They can also use the cards for purchases at the ground.

The system will also support access to a range of other potential services such as video-on-demand in corporate boxes and access to team and match information.

When integrated with the club's customer relationship management system via the Cisco network, the smartcard system will also provide club management with information about fans so staff can provide services that are better aligned to fans' preferences.

On match days, stewards will use mobile devices that communicate via the Cisco wireless network to view real-time video for better crowd monitoring and control.

The network is also expected to help the club increase revenue out-of-season by making the stadium an advanced corporate-event venue, offering a wide range of business communications services such as video conferencing facilities and wireless networking.

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