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HP Unveils ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

March 04, 2011


Looking to deliver an immersive technology experience to the 2 million athletes, coaches and spectators that visit the Disney (News - Alert) complex each year, HP has unveiled the HP Field House at the ESPN (News - Alert) Wide World of Sports Complex.

With room for six full-size collegiate basketball courts and a seating capacity of 5,500, the HP Field House is a multipurpose indoor arena reminiscent of a classic 1950s style field house.

The HP Field House enables athletes, coaches and fans to have a hands-on experience starting from the HP Photo Creation Center, to the touch-enabled desktops and digital signage that deliver interactive park experiences, to the HP TouchPads that will be used for on-field stat collection. Also, athletes, coaches and fans can access and print a wide range of sporting event information using HP TouchSmart technology with customized concierge kiosks featuring the first-ever deployment of HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PCs.

“Continuing HP’s decades-long collaboration with Disney, the HP Field House captivates audiences through state-of-the-art athletic facilities with a rich, interactive technology experience that extends the spirit and passion of sports beyond the field of play,” said Carlos Montalvo, vice president, Innovation Program Office, Personal Systems Group, HP, in a company press release.

The kiosks guide users to field assignments and provide schedule updates, access to event highlights and general complex information based in seven convenient locations throughout the complex. Allowing sports fans to create personalized avatars for their official ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex credentials, the TouchSmart kiosks also host a custom application, the company stated in a press release.

Recently, the company integrated 3PAR Utility Storage across the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio to simplify scalable cloud computing for its clients. HP Converged Infrastructure helps companies to overcome the inflexibility and high costs created by IT sprawl to shift more resources to innovation and strategic initiatives. To improve performance, and thin storage offerings to eliminate over-provisioning, clients can now use features like automated storage tiering and optimize cloud delivery, the company stated. 

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell