Croke Park has deployed a Connected Stadium solution based on Cisco Technologies and best practices.
The network infrastructure within the stadium is based on Cisco’s Stadium Vision and is a highly scalable, secure network designed specifically for sports and entertainment venues and brings together all forms of access, communications, entertainment and operations onto a single innovative platform.
The stadium is connected to Eir's Next Generation Uncongested Network, this connectivity is delivered on dedicated ports, over resilient and diverse fibre routes, into two separate Data Centres within the stadium.
High Density Wi-Fi Solution
The Stadium Wi-Fi was upgraded in March 2016 and there are over 390 Wi-Fi Access points throughout the stadium, mainly serving Premium and Corporate spaces. It is used to deliver resilient connectivity services on match days and for conferences/events. It can cater for 8,000 concurrent Wi-Fi connected clients.
The stadium cabling infrastructure is based on a Cat 6 Structure Cabling System with a 10Gbps backbone, with multiple fibre and copper intercommunication closet links available for IP access, telephony, in-stadium communications and copper access for direct PSTN and ISDN services to be delivered to all parts of the stadium.
The Stadium Structured Cabling System is a flexible copper and fibre infrastructure. There are sufficient cable pathways to connect side-lines to the press centre, coaching, team video and broadcast areas if additional specialist cabling is required.
In late 2018, Croke Park deployed a 39 sector shared Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that carries all networks. It consists of over 480 antennas and 40km of cabling and provides the following benefits to the stadium:
- Support for 3G and 4G mobile traffic.
- Capacity for 100,000 devices
- Supports all mobile operators requirements in Ireland
- Built to allow for an easy upgrade to 5G services when they come available.
Hawkeye point detection technology for both hurling and football at Croke Park was first utilized in June 2013.
- System is isolated from other stadium operations
- Dedicated server to manage data from each camera
- Each camera feed 1Gbps of data
- Output is fed to big screens and to the broadcaster
Smart Stadium (Internet of Things IoT)
The Croke Park Smart Stadium project is a collaboration between the GAA, Dublin City University, Intel, and Microsoft to fuel IoT innovation. The following are a few examples of IoT in use in the Stadium:
- Used to monitor sunlight on the pitch to ensure heat lamps are used efficiently.
- Monitors crowd noise during concerts and matchdays to ensure there is minimal disruption to our neighbours.
- Monitors wind speed to ensure Ericsson Skyline rooftop tours are safe to proceed
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