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Ulster Rugby’s new Wi-Fi service

28 August 2020

Ulster Rugby is one of four professional teams in Ireland who compete in the Guinness PRO12 Championship and the European Rugby Champions Cup. Kingspan stadium has an overall capacity of 18,200, with four fully covered terraced areas providing seating for up to 9,000 spectators. The state-of-the-art stadium is equipped to the highest standard including professional team facilities, a family area, corporate hospitality, a food village and world-class media suite.

With top-level professional rugby taking place at the ground and matches broadcast globally, Ulster Rugby looked to WiFi SPARK to provide a fully managed and supported Wi-Fi service that included a branded user experience portal, enhanced content filtering, bandwidth control, user data analytics and remote monitoring.

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Munster gets smart

28 August 2020

Over-C, a provider of workplace management and analytics which uses location, sensor data and other IoT devices to empower frontline workers, worked with Thomond Park Stadium, the home of Munster Rugby Club to transform it into a smart stadium. The bespoke digital solution will help Thomond Park to streamline processes, gain new insights into stadium data and deliver a first-rate fan experience.

Thomond Park Stadium was using paper-based processes for up to 1,500 contractors to perform hundreds of match day security, catering, cleaning and maintenance tasks. These critical tasks included checking all fire exits, fridges, boiler rooms, public facilities, fire safety equipment, waste disposal, collaboration with local authorities and transport as well as many more.

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Kendal RUFC’s state-of-the-art upgrade

28 August 2020

Kendal RUFC’s move away from its home for nearly a century was always going to attract considerable interest and great expectations from the local communities, given the investment in a dedicated new state-of-the-art £8m stadium. 

The new Mintbridge Stadium sits just a stone’s throw from the old ground, but the new facilities are light years ahead of the Club’s historic home. The old ground was historically referred to by Kendal’s supporters as a ‘northern fortress’ and modern incarnation is certainly an imposing and impressive site.

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Protecting property, protecting people

23 July 2020

Hesco manufactures, designs and deploys defence barriers in several countries around the world. It is renowned for its rapidly deployable Concertainer system that is used for both flood control and military fortification worldwide. Camp Bastion, the former British Army headquarters in Afghanistan, was named after the company and its iconic barrier system.

Operating from both the UK and US, and with around 300 staff, the company has customers in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.

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Re-Boot: old construction firm gets modern makeover

21 April 2020

Henry Boot’s presence in the construction sector dates back to 1886, making it one of the most established firms in the business.

Over the last few years, its IT set-up went from primarily focusing on support back-office tasks to becoming the platform for the company’s entire operations.

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Audere est Facere

21 April 2020

Even the most ardent Arsenal fan would begrudgingly admit that the new 62,062 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a fine specimen. Still, the Lilywhites needed an IT infrastructure befitting of that status, so in came Real Wireless to make it happen.

The stadium design included provision for all wireless technologies (including 5G when it arrives) as well as PMR for support services, TETRA for emergency services and Wi-Fi – technically architected, supplied and deployed by the club’s official enterprise networking partner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). It also needed support for satellite.

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Bristol stadium gets much needed Wi-Fi boost

20 August 2019

The home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby Club, Ashton Gate Stadium is the paragon of successful inter-sport ground-sharing.

So, it was decided that every person who enjoys the game, whether they be in the stadium itself, restaurant, bar, or concourse, should have access to unlimited and free Wi-Fi, enhancing the match day experience.

Ashton Gate Stadium worked with a group of partners led by Bristol’s own Zeetta Networks courtesy of a UK Government grant via Innovate UK. Zeetta’s consortium includes Ruckus Wireless for Wi-Fi equipment, provided and installed by another local company, IP-Performance.

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Walled off: builder cements deal to keep its data safe

15 July 2019

Now the UK’s biggest housebuilder, the story of Barratt Developments began in 1953.

Sir Lawrie Barratt, then a young accountant, could not afford to buy the house he wanted so he designed and helped to build one himself, including digging the footings and mixing the concrete.

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Security that’s as safe as houses?

27 November 2017

Radian Group provides around 21,000 affordable homes in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.

The company has an extensive WAN based on a BT IP/MPLS network and, in some places, DSL/MPLS, connecting its many different locations.

It also has a services data centre and an infrastructure based on a Citrix thin client model.

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Thin clients at tenant-led housing association

27 November 2017

One of the UK’s only tenant-led housing associations, Community Gateway Association (CGA), has upgraded its entire desktop infrastructure installing 220 multi media-ready IGEL Universal Desktop 3 (UD3) terminals for staff at its new head office.

The desktop refresh project is part of a wider IT investment programme that has been completed to support the association’s purchasing and refurbishing of a brand new headquarters – Harbour House in the Preston Docks area.

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