Reading FC extends wireless system

Reading Football Club has added security, monitoring and management components to its wireless infrastructure to support its growth.

Reading Football Club has added security, monitoring and management components to its wireless infrastructure to support its growth.

The club is looking to double the size of its 24,000-seater Madejski Stadium, adding more sophisticated hotel and conferencing facilities, as well as streamlining ticketing and payment management.

Garry Hanson, Reading FC's IT manager, said, "With our plans to add more seats, rooms and a new bar, I wanted to buy something that would allow me to split out the networks and offer a company its own dedicated service set identifier [which can be used to bar unauthorised wireless devices from the network] and password, for example, to simplify the log-on process for guests."

The club plans to use Trapeze Networks' Ringmaster management software to provide centralised management of its wireless local area network.

Hanson said additional security was necessary to filter out interference from other Wi-Fi services in the busy shopping and business area close to the stadium. "We have 20 access points, but an independent assessment found 47 within range," he said.

The system would also enable ticket problems to be resolved at the turnstile using handheld computers, said Hanson.

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