Aruba Networks has provided fans, players, coaches with unprecedented access to high-speed Wi-Fi at the 2015 Australian Open.
As the official Wi-Fi provider of Australian Open 2015, Aruba delivered consistent access to real-time multimedia streaming, mobile apps and information to the fingertips of all involved in the Grand Slam tournament onsite at Melbourne Park.
The technology was available to about 700 players, coaches and match officials, 1000 media and photographers, administration and medical staff and more than 60,000 spectators and fans visiting Melbourne Park daily.
At Australian Open 2014, there was about a 600 per cent increase in traffic handled by the wireless infrastructure across a two-week period.
At the core of the Australian Open’s network is the Aruba ClearPass Access Management solution, allowing simple and secure guest Wi-Fi access, ensuring connectivity with real-time monitoring capabilities.
In addition to the majority of users who accessed Wi-Fi for browsing and access to mobile apps on the opening day of Australian Open 2015, 45 per cent accessed via Facebook logins and 55 per cent accessed via email logins.
Aruba Networks managing director A/NZ, Steve Coad, said the company was very proud to continue a strong partnership with Tennis Australia.
“Today, venues need to partner with a mobility solution that empowers a new generation of tech-savvy people known as #GenMobile," he said.
"They are reliant on their mobile devices – connecting to everything all the time, no matter where they are. Moving forward, we will see the deployment of high-density wireless technology across more public-facing venues throughout the country."
Tennis Australia chief information officer, Samir Mahir, said the demands on Wi-Fi systems were increasing.
“Each year, we see more and more fans as well as players and coaches bringing smart phones and tablets into our venues. They want to track live scores, follow matches on other courts, watch video replays, review player statistics, look at player photos and engage on social media," he said.
"The Aruba Networks Wi-Fi solution is the conduit for delivering high speed access to compelling content onsite,” said Samir Mahir, Chief Information Officer at Tennis Australia.
Mahir said Tennis Australia had upgraded to the newest Aruba 802.11ac solution to extend the wireless coverage and add courtside access.
"Over 170 access points spanned Melbourne Park for thjs year’s tournament. This means no matter who required access to the Wi-Fi network, they enjoyed a fast, secure and consistent experience every time,” he said.
“Public facing Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury, demand from spectators means it is now a necessity. We are dedicated to meeting these demands alongside Aruba Networks,” said Mahir.