Setting the Benchmark for Wireless

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DONNY DICAPRIO | Wednesday August 17th, 2016

The Atlanta Falcons are building Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art venue scheduled to open in 2017 and bring a multitude of new technologies that the sporting world has yet to see.

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The goal in creating a venue like Mercedes-Benz Stadium is to allow fans to enjoy all of the technology that it has to offer without having to worry about what goes on behind the scenes. Jared Miller, CTO for AMB Sports & Entertainment, was tasked with bringing all of this technology into fruition. “We’re at the point now with the technology plan where we’re moving from the paper-based design and entering the implementation stage,” Miller said in a statement.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium has partnered with IBM to be the official systems integrator for the venue and their goal is to make sure that every piece of technology can perform in sync. “No one piece of software can work in a vacuum and that’s why integrations are so important,” Miller said.

IBM is also helping create a “smarter stadium”, which will feature a Passive Optical Network (PON), an advanced fiber-based optical network to ensure connectivity for fast, reliable Wi-Fi, video displays and digital signage all while consuming less power. The PON will be the first of its kind to ever be used in an NFL stadium. The network will require more than 1,800 wireless access points and more than 4,000 miles of fiber to accommodate 75,000 people. The PON drastically reduces the amount of power and cooling required for technology throughout the stadium and will help contribute of the overall sustainability aspect of the building.

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