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Sports & Entertainment, the Internet of Things, and the Internet of Everything

…for the Cisco Sports & Entertainment Solutions Group (SESG).  It’s an incredible time for this industry, as stadiums around the world transform the fan experience via technology. This transformation has been on display this past week in Australia, where the Sydney Cricket Ground announced they would be upgrading their stadiums with Cisco Connected Sports solutions. We applaud these leaders in sport for driving change and delivering a more re…

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Historic Sports Precinct in Sydney, Australia Leaps into the Future with Cisco

…s’ 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 technica…

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Failure is not an Option! Real Madrid & Cisco Continue to Innovate and Partner for a Winning Formula

…ht years ago we embarked on a relationship with Real Madrid to collaborate in transforming the Santiago Bernabeu stadium into the “Ultimate Bernabeu,” which would deliver a fan experience unlike any other. Our first goal was to build a network that would make the stadium the safest, and most secure in the world. That goal was closely followed by the next phase, which was to support the need for more “things” being connected to the network in the…

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Behind the Scenes at the Ciscolive! Network Operations Center

I have been privileged to be part of a very dedicated team of networking subject matter experts for the past 5 years in prepping and running the Ciscolive! event  network.  Before 2008 the network was installed and monitored by a commercial events networking company.  However, it became clear with the number of Technical Marketing Engineers, Services Engineers and product developers on-site for Ciscolive! that we were well equipped to take on th…

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What an Orchestra and a Mobile Device have in Common

Orchestras are often used as metaphors for all sorts of things–organizational structure, planning sessions and even families. Have you been to the symphony recently? Musicians sit in a regimented ordering around the stage. The concertmaster sets the tune. The conductor lifts the baton. And then, with the pull of a bow across a string, or breath across a mouthpiece, the music begins. Throughout the performance, each section of the orchestra play…

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