In the wake of the Sydney Roosters’ defeat over the Manly Sea Eagles in a classic NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium last Sunday, the venue has announced it will roll-out Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi. This will see the iconic venue, the centrepiece of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, joining the likes of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in the UK and Eden Park in New Zealand as truly world class venues in terms of the Wi-Fi network available to patrons.
The Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution will be rolled out in conjunction with Telstra and will create a best-of-breed environment for heightened audience engagement during sporting events and other major entertainment events which are regularly held at the stadium. The solution was chosen due to its unique ability to provide connectivity to large numbers of people in a densely packed environment and the potential to work in conjunction with Telstra’s digital media capability at the venue to create an integrated engagement platform for the stadium, its sponsorship partners and patrons.
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Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth. Many of its major cities are separated by expansive stretches of inhospitable desert. Technology, however, is no respector of barriers, natural or man-made and an initiative across Australia from Cisco and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) proves that point. Yesterday, Cisco and AARNet announced the deployment of one of the longest unregenerated high performance optical networks in the world.
Starting in Adelaide and travelling to Perth (the second most isolated major city in the world) and continuing on to the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory (MRO) in remote Western Australia, the newly deployed network will stretch 3500 km (about 2200 mi). The capacity of the network is scalable to 8Tbps over the 2700 km stretch of fibre from Adelaide to Perth, with 80 channels each providing speeds of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Transmission speeds of 100Gbps have also been consistent during testing on the 800 km stretch of fibre from Perth to the MRO.
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One of Australia’s most prestigious and hallowed sporting grounds is the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) which is where Test Cricket was first played in 1883 between Australia and England. While some things have not changed about the majesty of the sport since 1883, market trends indicate that fans’ expectations have changed. We are living in an environment where sports fans are choosing the couch over the stadium due to the media-rich experience it offers, with live statistics and interactive replays the norm.
The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, which oversees the SCG as well as neighbouring Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium), today announced its decision to make two of Australia’s most iconic sports venues Australia’s most technically advanced and fan friendly stadia with the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution.
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As the Internet of Everything revolution takes place around the world with new “things” being connected to the Internet at an exponential rate, Australia is at risk of being left behind, according to Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Director of Innovation at University of Technology, Sydney who spoke at Cisco’s recent Internet of Everything panel discussion in Sydney (see highlights below).
Australia lags behind many parts of the world in terms of Internet of Everything (IoE) capabilities with only moderate levels of IT innovation, an IoE track record in a handful of early adopting industries (versus a wide-ranging number of industries) and low IoE optimism by IT and business leaders survey in the Cisco IoE Value at Stake Index. In fact, Australia falls behind developing nations like Brazil, India and China, and given the rate at which these economies are growing, the situation is only likely to get worse unless Australia makes changes to improve our IoE readiness. And this must start at the root of the problem, with education.
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Linfox is an iconic Australian logistics company that is investing in technologies to connect sensors and devices that were previously stand-alones. This is allowing the company to undertake some fantastic analysis into the reliability and performance of its fleet of over 5,000 vehicles across Australia and Asia-Pacific.
Every single truck in the fleet has been fitted with connected devices that sense speed as well as accelerometers which pick up abnormal swerves, acceleration and deceleration. This allows the company to know what is happening with any vehicle at any time. As well as monitoring speed and vehicle behaviour, refrigerated vehicles are fitted with devices that provide Linfox with information about the vehicle’s temperature. These devices provide readings on the temperature at a certain point in time and also whether a container was consistently cooled to the correct temperature.
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