Xirrus announced this week (5 September 2012) that it has deployed a high-density 802.11n wireless network for Durham County Cricket Club (Durham CCC) at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in the UK.
The ground will be home to one the The Ashes tournament cricket matches in 2013 and is also a popular venue for conferencing and events. Upgrading its wireless capabilities ensures the venue can cater for high capacity events, as well as provide journalists access to high-performance Wi-Fi for rich media file transfers during match games.
Hosting some of the world’s most watched cricket matches, Durham CCC can have more than 100 international and local press and photographers on the grounds at any time, all wanting to transmit bandwidth-intensive images over the wireless network. Xirrus’ XR series Arrays are designed for high capacity usage and enable thousands of concurrent, heavy bandwidth users on the network.
Richard Dowson, Operations Manager at Durham County Cricket Club commented: ‘Today, sports photographers want to take a picture and send back to their teams whilst still out on the field. They don’t want to travel back to a press centre to connect back to the Wi-Fi, or spend minutes waiting for a file to go through.
‘Delays are just not acceptable and so we didn’t want to take any chances with our wireless upgrade. Xirrus’ reputation for managing high profile, large-scale events was a key factor and we knew we’d be getting a high quality wireless network to meet our needs now and well into the future.’
The Durham CCC is also a leading venue for conferencing and banqueting and as such the new wireless infrastructure extends to all halls and meeting rooms. BYOD has become a critical service, with many event guests connecting personal devices to stream video, tweet or download content, the wireless needs to provide a flawless online experience, at any time, for hundreds if not thousands of users.
Xirrus’ arrays hold up to 16 radios in a single unit (compared to an average of two radios per device with other providers), which means more coverage with 70% less cabling and equipment, and fewer access points.
Sean Larner, VP of International at Xirrus, commented: ‘Durham County Cricket Club is a fantastic ground offering great hospitality facilities as well as hosting one of the world’s most high profile sporting events in 2013. That the Club chose Xirrus for its ground-wide deployment is a powerful endorsement of our high quality, robust and reliable network design and architecture.
'Press, photographers and other event attendees will now have a seamless Wi-Fi experience at any time on any Wi-Fi device they choose, from notebooks, to laptops, to smartphones, to cameras.’