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Electric Experience at the Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Nets have kicked off the 2015-2016 season at the Barclays Center, but for the first time ever the venue will also host a full slate of NHL games, as the New York Islanders have made the arena their permanent home this season. But whether fans are there to see slam-dunks or power-play action, they will undoubtedly benefit from the relentless focus of the Barclays Center to deliver one of the most technologically advanced fan experiences in all of sports.

Barclays Center employs cutting-edge technology solutions to remain on the forefront of delivering the digital fan experience fans that have come to expect. A leader in stadium connectivity and digitization since it opened in 2012, Barclays Center utilizes Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi and Cisco StadiumVision to revolutionize the way fans consume live sports, contributing to their mission to keep visitors better informed, engaged and connected than ever before.

Through the use of the Barclays Center mobile app, fans enjoy a customized experience with choices and information on what to watch, ways to interact and more. From the ability to order concession items directly from their seats, to streaming live video, watching replays, and even sending photos and messages to the stadium video boards, the arena’s app is all about making the fan experience more seamless and interactive.

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Connecting Basketball Fans with Teams at the NBA D-League Draft

It’s almost November, which means we’re about to begin what is now an annual basketball tradition. For the fourth year in a row, the NBA Development League Draft will be conducted entirely via WebEx!

On November 1, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, all 18 teams will make their picks from the D-League draftee talent pool to boost their 2014-15 season rosters.

D-League Draft FinalInstead of making the teams travel across the country to one place, or attend a long, tedious audio conference call, D-League teams will participate from the comfort of their team offices as if they gathered together in the same room. Through the use of the built-in video conferencing in WebEx each team will link to all the other team representatives and they will see, hear and interact with each other in real-time. By combining all the tools the teams need – voice, video and content sharing – in one place, we’re giving each of the 18 teams the best opportunity for a great draft experience from anywhere in the country.

One of the many cool things about my job is seeing all the fascinating ways customers use Cisco’s products. And it’s especially exciting when I get to see customers use our technology with something everyone is avid about – sports! Whether you are a basketball, baseball or football fanatic, managing a fantasy team, or keeping up with the latest prospects, or watching the up and coming players it is all part of the excitement. Through the use of WebEx conferencing, we get to bring these worlds together even more. Read More »

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São Paulo International Airport (GRU) Gets Ready for Some Fútebol with Wireless Network Upgrades

This is a customer perspective guest blog contributed by Zack Sterngold, Boingo Wireless Vice President, Americas.

The largest airport in South America, Brazil’s São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), is primed to become one of the world’s most popular destinations. Already an international business hub, Brazil will grow in popularity as a tourist mecca, as travelers flock to the country’s beaches and one of the world’s most beloved sporting events: the World Cup.

To keep pace with the needs of savvy international business travelers and prepare for the fútbol fan onslaught this summer, GRU is upgrading terminals, introducing new traveler services, and working to deliver fast, reliable wireless service to connected passengers. GRU has partnered with Boingo to design and launch a new, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network from Cisco ahead of the World Cup this summer. The new system will better support international passengers and improve connectivity for all travelers, sports fans and employees throughout the airport.

And travelers are projected to be more connected than ever. A recent study from MMGY Global found that a new category of “Digital Elite” travelers – or those carrying at least two mobile devices – has grown by 600% in just two years to become the new normal. Sports fans don’t leave home without their Read More »

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Today’s live sports experience is like no other

We’re down to the Final Four. And although the only team left in my bracket is Michigan, Louisville, Syracuse, Michigan and Wichita State are going to deliver incredible basketball on-court this weekend.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been glued to my TV, NCAA March Madness App and my iPad to stay on top of the latest action. This weekend I plan to do the same, but I only wish I was going there in person, because the live experience, today, is like no other.


Georgia Dome (courtesy PBS)

Fans from around the country that will be at the Georgia Dome will forever remember the experience of being there, and the beauty, this time around, is that they will be able to connect with family, friends, and people around the world live as they share their experience with photos, video, and interactions through any social media channel. With Cisco’s innovative Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, which was designed carefully for this venue, and implemented by our partner CDW, we are making the next-generation fan experience possible during this year’s Final Four.

Fan expectations are greater than ever, mandating a mobile, immersive, personalized and social experience that is fueled by being connected in new ways, to more content, to more people, and to more things or devices.

Cisco’s mission is to continue to “Connect the Unconnected.”  Fans across the sports and entertainment world are now able to experience this in a stadium near them, not just at the Final Four. Our technology powers the NBA and MLB data centers, allowing fans to consume video instantaneously, whether they are at home or on-the-go. Around the world in venues such as Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (home of Real Madrid) fans can tap into the high-density Wi-Fi network, and at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, fans can use the latest mobile video solution ­Cisco StadiumVision Mobile, which shows different camera angles of the action on and off the court.  Many other creative apps are being discussed around the world with our team of experts.

And this is just the beginning. It’s all part of the Internet of Things.  As as we look ahead to a not too distant future, the possibilities that the Internet of Everything will bring for sports teams, leagues, venues and fans are endless. We are now working on the convergence of data ­- wearable clothing that informs coaches about a player’s fitness level during the game.  Another development in the industry we’ve been asked to look into is when ­players take a pill that allows for immediate analysis of injuries by team doctors.  And lastly, we are looking into connecting ‘things’, such as balls, bats, pucks, and more to deliver real-time stats to fans about how far a ball was hit, how hard a puck was shot, or how fast a player ran. All of these possibilities will continually drive the transformation of sport and Cisco is leading the way in the market.

Cisco will be at the center of these opportunities, because our intelligent networks will continue to connect the unconnected elements in sports and live events, and in turn, create more real-time experiences. We are doing it today, and we will be doing it in the future. Tomorrow Starts Here.



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Cisco Sports & Entertainment – Barclays Center In A “Fan” State of Mind

“There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York” – An Empire State of Mind – JAY Z

JAY Z  opens Barclays Center in Brooklyn next week, with the first of eight consecutive sold out concerts.  Lead by a strategy where the latest technology innovations will fuel engaging fan experiences like never before, Barclays Center will show it knows how to throw a party.  Concertgoers, Brooklyn Nets fans and all other guests visiting Brooklyn’s highly anticipated new arena will enjoy a new generation of fan experiences that complement the world class talent on the stage and hardwood court.

Recent research shows that 75% of fans attending live events are likely to have a mobile device, approximately 50% will take photos with the device, and close to 50% of them want to share their experiences with family, friends and the rest of the world through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

With tens of thousands of fans in stadiums and arenas trying to connect through the network to share their experiences and access a host of other media rich applications, it is often challenging to get a reliable connection or any connection at all. How many of you have been at a sports or entertainment event recently where poor reception left you disappointed? (Real Madrid Blog) Cisco and Barclays Center have addressed these complex issues native to high density environments through state-of-the-art technology offerings. Read More »

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