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New Orleans Hornets Leverages Motorola's WLAN to Update Media and Fans

May 06, 2010


The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola announced that it has deployed a wireless LAN for New Orleans Hornets that helps them to support the media with reliable and secure wireless coverage during the basketball season.

The wireless solution, which includes RFS6000 wireless LAN switches and AP-5131 access points, delivers real-time reporting on game developments. The service also leverages Motorola (News - Alert)'s consultation and implementation services.

Motorola officials say the service provides users with superior coverage overcoming the difficult RF environment in a sporting arena.  

“Meeting the latest National Basketball Association or “NBA” requirements for wireless connectivity and security required a vendor with the design expertise and innovative technology necessary to integrate into existing systems in the building,” Tod Caflisch, vice president of information technology, the New Orleans Hornets, said.

According toCaflisch, Motorola provided them with a solid, cost-effective solution that addresses their specific needs while giving them the flexibility to expand in the future.

Motorola’s wireless network solutions include indoor wireless LAN, outdoor wireless mesh, point-to-multipoint, point-to-point networks and voice-over-WLAN solutions.

Company officials say these solutions, combined with powerful software tools for wireless network design, best-of-breed security, management, and troubleshooting, deliver trusted networking and access anywhere to organizations across the globe.

For New Orleans Hornets, Motorola offers the wireless connectivity that is required in a real-time reporting environment, such as the fast-paced basketball, company officials said. When reporting on a game, sports writers rely on wireless connectivity to get statistics, real-time league updates and other information needed to deliver stories to media outlets around the world.

Prior to deploying Motorola's comprehensive network solution, the New Orleans Arena was deploying wireless access points temporarily, game by game, which did not provide the capacity or throughput rates that the media needed or the NBA required, according to officials at Motorola.

Motorola wireless network solution covers all areas required by the NBA, including the arena bowl and behind-the-scenes media work areas. With this, wireless coverage is now available in visitors' and home players' locker rooms, enabling the media to access the information they need to deliver game updates to fans.

“We believe in customizing our wireless solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers,” Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager for Wireless Network Solutions (News - Alert), Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions, said. “Motorola's wireless network technology is tailored to meet everyday business objectives and help customers improve productivity.”

The Hornets have recently expanded use of the wireless network into their practice facility. They also have plans to implement the Motorola AirDefense (News - Alert) Wireless Intrusion Prevention System, which provides proactive security monitoring to help prevent unauthorized access or malicious activity of hackers.

Earlier in May the Networks business of Motorola announced it has completed the Phase I TD-LTE (News - Alert) field trials with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology or “MIIT.” Read the full report here.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri