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Warsaw National Stadium Selects Cisco Connected Stadium Solution

November 23, 2011


Cisco (News - Alert) announced that Warsaw’s brand-new National Stadium is implementing the Cisco Connected Stadium solution. The announcement was made at the 10th anniversary of the annual Cisco Expo conference in Poland.

“Modern stadiums no longer serve just as a backdrop for sports events, but are offering new, more engaging experiences for visitors and new business opportunities for owners and operators,” Dariusz Fabiszewski, general manager, Cisco Poland said. “At the National Stadium in Warsaw, technology is a key differentiator, and the Cisco Connected Stadium foundation will deliver added value for organizers, business partners, sponsors and spectators alike.”

Warsaw’s new National Stadium is one of the venues for next year’s UEFA EURO 2012 European Football Championship. The customized Internet Protocol (IP) network for sports and entertainment venues to be deployed in the stadium will allow organizers, players and fans to benefit from the latest information and communication technology solutions, said Cisco officials.

The 58,000-seat National Stadium is a multifunctional venue for large-scale sports and entertainment events. At the UEFA EURO 2012 European Football Championship, the National Stadium will host the opening match, official ceremony, three group matches, one quarterfinal and one semifinal.

The stadium will leverage the Cisco Connected Stadium foundation which is a single converged platform that integrates building management, access, communication, operations and entertainment systems.

According to officials, the Cisco network was designed to simplify operations so as to deliver greater efficiencies and improved business flexibility. Also better services can be provided with the introduction of new commercial opportunities for the National Stadium. The Cisco Connected Stadium solution was custom-designed to provide wired and wireless access and data transmission from several systems such as ticketing and cashless payment.

The system covers video transmission from hundreds of video surveillance cameras installed inside the stadium. Its communication system features Cisco Unified IP Phones, video phones and integrated intercom and video intercom systems to ensure optimum communication and collaboration.

Anabelle Pinto, director, Global Markets, Cisco Sports and Entertainment Group, remarked, “Cisco is focused on delivering a full experience platform and set of interactive solutions – including industry expertise, services and advanced technologies to optimize the game and event experience. It is this combination that addresses the unique business needs of sports and entertainment properties.”

The Cisco Connected Stadium network will help Warsaw National Stadium to adapt to technology innovations and evolving fan needs well into the future, opined Pinto.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin