Stuttgart Arena selects Motorola Solutions for radio communications

Motorola Mototrbo SL4000 portable two-way radios on a repeater system with Capacity Plus keep arena staff in touch

Stuttgart Arena selects Motorola Solutions for radio communications

When VfB Stuttgart Arena Betriebs, the company responsible for operating the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the Stuttgart district of Bad Cannstadt, required a high quality radio network solution to ensure that events at the stadium run smoothly, safely and securely, it turned to Motorola Solutions.

The refurbished stadium was reopened in 2011 with a capacity of 60,449 spectators for football matches including more than 66 hospitality boxes, large corporate areas and several commentary booths, TV studios and media rooms. 

The administrative offices of the VfB Stuttgart football club are also located in the arena and VfB Stuttgart Arena not only has responsibility for managing the facility and all its IT and communication services but also for the administration, organisation and marketing of the Mercedes-Benz Arena for events, such as concerts and business conventions, staged by third parties. Management of VfB Stuttgart’s home fixtures and international sporting events are also VfB Stuttgart’s responsibility.

Digital solution

Requirements for the radio system were that it must enable staff to communicate efficiently, clearly and reliably during events so that they can exchange information about the progress of events in real-time and respond immediately to new and changing requirements. 

In addition, the radio system had to be compliant with all current and future specifications for secure communication and offer dependable, 100% radio coverage in all areas of the building used during major events, such as football matches.

The existing radio system was outdated and no longer able to meet the current requirements of the company. The analogue radios had no repeaters, so communication could be disrupted by other users. The terminals were also very bulky and impractical in daily use.

“MOTOTRBO technology from Motorola Solutions was recommended to us by our long-standing distribution partner Bareither+Raisch Funktechnik,” says Marcus Bretschneider, head of sales, administration and organisation for VfB Stuttgart Arena. “After comparing the system with the alternatives available and conducting extensive real-world tests, we were thoroughly convinced of the advantages and unique functionality provided by Motorola’s digital radio solutions. 

“The radios and systems meet all our requirements in terms of reliability, handling, voice quality and options for expanding the network. Our employees are also extremely satisfied with their new radios. In addition, Motorola‘s service package guarantees that everything functions smoothly even at peak times during our major events.”

Capacity Plus

Motorola supplied VfB Stuttgart Arena with digital MOTOTRBO SL4000 portable two-way radios and the corresponding radio infrastructure. During the implementation phase, Bareither+Raisch Funktechnik conducted extensive on-site tests to determine the optimum locations for the installation of the radio system components. These now provide seamless communication between employees in the Mercedes-Benz Arena at all times. 

The entire MOTOTRBO system was planned and installed as a Capacity Plus system. The Capacity Plus trunked radio solution allows a number of radio device users to access shared voice and data communication services in one system without adding new radio frequencies.

During the first phase, a total of 30 Motorola SL4000 portable two-way radios, a repeater system with Capacity Plus and feed into the building‘s in-house system, as well as a TRBOnet Enterprise dispatcher console were put into operation. 

The system is flexible and can be expanded to include additional devices and voice channels.

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