Efficient Data takes wireless to the races

Efficient Data takes wireless to the races

Network integrator, Efficient Data Communications (EDC), has won a tender to install a Cisco wireless network for the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) at Randwick Racecourse. The deal is estimated to be worth about $1.2 million.

Other companies that competed for the contract include IBM and Bluesocket.

Director, Andrew Lowy, said EDC would provide project management, implementation of switching and wireless infrastructure, Cisco's Building Broadband Service Manager, security software, wireless products and the LAN backbone.

"We carried out wireless site surveys so we knew what the coverage area was like," he said. "The racecourse organises a lot of events and previously IT staff needed to run cables for Internet access. It is a big area for them to cover so that was a nightmare."

Lowy said the infrastructure would provide customers with Internet access on a user pay system. The solution is based on time of day management, giving users network access from the start till the end of an event with no further access granted.

It also enables AJC to allocate a user name and password for each customer to log on. Lowy said this could be used to pre-define an individual's access to the Web and the network.

"It makes it easier for AJC to manage when they are running events. One of the big things is that punters get the opportunity to place bets on the track rather than sitting in front of a TV," Lowy said.

The rollout is expected to be completed by January.

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