Mobile Sports Report.com
Wireless network gear provider Meru Networks has scored a big hit in the connected-stadium race by inking a deal with the Boston Red Sox to build out a Wi-Fi network inside of historic Fenway Park.
While Meru actually worked with the BoSox to install a prototype network before last baseball season, the new deal will officially tap the upstart gear vendor as the offical supplier of a full-bore Wi-Fi network designed to address the mobile broadband needs of the 37,000-plus fans who might file in on game days.
In a designed-for-an-IT-audience press release quote, the Red Sox's IT director waxes poetically about Meru's capabilities:
"The sheer number of devices trying to access the network was dizzying – and that number has continued to grow," said Steve Conley, IT Director, Boston Red Sox. "Our old network simply wasn't capable of handling the influx of devices or meeting the demand for high-performance connectivity. Meru brought stability, reliability and simplicity to our wireless infrastructure. We can now not only tune the network for optimal performance and avoid outages, we can also scale to meet network demands and reduce management costs."
Meru press release
Meru's networks are designed to provide unparalleled reliability, quality of service, operational ease and uncompromised wireless connectivity for a rich, interactive fan experience and improved concession sales at Fenway. Meru and Ayacht Technologies began the large-scale replacement of the park's legacy wireless infrastructure with Meru WLAN solutions prior to opening day in 2011; the first phase of the implementation was finalized and implemented within the two weeks.
Located in the middle of the heavily populated city of Boston, the Fenway wireless network is constantly bombarded with interference from the surrounding areas. TV and radio broadcasters clamber for network access during each game, and flash crowds of up to 37,000 fans use a variety of wireless devices to enjoy an interactive baseball experience.
"Sports and entertainment powerhouses like the Red Sox increasingly turn to Meru for high-capacity, uncompromising wireless infrastructure to improve customer experience and business results," said Ihab Abu-Hakima, CEO of Meru Networks. "As mobile devices proliferate, legacy wireless systems are often unable to meet the connectivity demands of thousands of wireless devices hitting the network simultaneously. Meru's next-generation wireless LAN solutions offer a proven technology approach to WLAN, specifically designed to accommodate the increasing demands of device density and diversity."