German network and security specialist Lancom Systems supplied the FC Groningen stadium, in the Netherlands, with a new Wi-Fi network in collaboration with Lumiad, a wireless network technology expert.
The stadium accommodates up to 22,500 spectators and, thanks to 124 Wi-Fi 6 access points from Lancom Systems, the entire stadium is now equipped with a wireless network.
The German firm said that the new Wi-Fi 6 network now provides coverage across the entire stadium, not only on match days but also during events, meetings, trade shows, or conventions being held there.
The firm explained that Wi-Fi 6 increases the network’s stability and reliability by making better use of the available bandwidths and channels. The reduced latency improves the user experience, which is a major advantage in view of the increasing use of data-hungry applications, such as streaming, video, AR & VR, Lancom said.
In addition to the Wi-Fi 6 access points, Lancom Systems also addressed the switching infrastructure and firewalls at FC Groningen. The enhanced capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 require that the underlying LAN also offers equally high performance. Lumiad used the Lancom Management Cloud (LMC) to roll-out the network at the stadium. It offers continuous monitoring of the network and ensures that the entire network infrastructure is managed effectively and easily from a single platform, according to the partners.
Vincent Coljé, finance and ICT manager at FC Groningen, said: “The Wi-Fi was in action in the stadium for a number of recent home games, with good crowds in attendance. Lumiad experts were on site to identify and resolve any problems. The tests went well and we are very pleased to have made excellent progress in terms of accessibility and the user experience. Great Internet is taken for granted these days and we are happy that we can guarantee that on match day.”
Lancom Systems is a European manufacturer of network and security solutions for business and the public sector. The portfolio includes hardware (WAN, LAN, WLAN, Firewalls), virtual network components, and cloud-based software-defined networking (SDN).
The firm’s customers include SMEs, government agencies, institutions, and major corporations from all over the world. Since 2018, the company has been an independent subsidiary of the Munich-based technology group Rohde & Schwarz.