American Airlines Center goes wireless with Aruba

October 13, 2004

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DALLAS -- In what is expected to be the largest deployment of wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology within any sporting and entertainment venue, American Airlines Center (AA Center) and Aruba Wireless Networks (Aruba) have teamed up to bring secure wireless networking to the facility.

One of the most technologically advanced venues in the world, AA Center is a premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars.

The phased rollout of Wi-Fi has begun. The technology is currently being used to provide wireless access for AA Center staff, the news media, third-party promoters and guests who utilize AA Center meeting rooms. AA Center executives are discussing future applications for guest access to the Wi-Fi system during sporting and other events and what services will be provided.

"We are very excited to be working with Aruba to enable us here at American Airlines Center to use wireless access to be far more efficient and profitable in our efforts to support and please our customers," said Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

For the first phase of Wi-Fi deployment, AA Center deployed Aruba dual-band 802.11a+b/g grid points (Wi-Fi radios) along with Aruba's new software programmable 802.11a/b/g AP-60 grid points throughout the arena. The Aruba grid points are managed from a single, centralized Aruba 5000 wireless LAN (WLAN) controller that can simultaneously manage up to 256 Wi-Fi grid points.

Future phases for Wi-Fi deployment call for the dense deployment of Aruba grid points to support advanced Wi-Fi applications such as voice over Wi-Fi, device tracking and other user and operations applications.

"We have a state-of-the-art facility and many different types of users and applications," said Lori Glasser-Seinera, vice president, Digital Media at American Airlines Center. "We are finding the benefits of a secure, centrally controlled wireless system are limitless for our guests and those involved in facility operations."

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