Ruckus Wireless Partners with Sacramento Kings To Create One of the World’s Most Connected Sports Venues
Golden 1 Center to Becomes First NBA Arena to Deploy the Newest Generation of Gigabit Wi-Fi Technology
SUNNYVALE, CA – January 12, 2016 – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) today announced it will supply next generation smart Wi-Fi technology and products for Golden 1 Center – the future home of the Sacramento Kings – and Downtown Commons (DOCO), the adjacent public plaza and surrounding mixed-use development. The advanced wireless initiative will redefine the digital experience for fans, visitors, vendors and businesses in and around Golden 1 Center through innovative new services delivered by the most advanced Wi-Fi technology available.
Slated to open in 2016 in downtown Sacramento, Golden 1 Center will be one of the most technically sophisticated sports venues, featuring a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor Smart Wi-Fi system based on the newest 802.11ac Wave 2 standard. The network will enable the Kings to deliver a variety of new value-added and location-aware services including multicast replays from exclusive arena camera angles, seat upgrades, real time statistics, enhanced fan engagement and wayfinding services – all at exceptional speeds.
"Golden 1 Center will be the fastest and most connected sports and entertainment venue in the world, and Ruckus technology is integral to our vision," said Kings President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Granger. "Given its unmatched experience in providing fast and reliable connectivity, and its demonstrated commitment to innovation, Ruckus was the obvious choice for us. Together, we look forward to setting a new standard for speed, ubiquity and connectivity for our industry, and we believe it all starts at Golden 1 Center."
The infrastructure being deployed will deliver gigabit class wireless connections providing Wi-Fi performance that enables fans to experience Golden 1 Center in a ticketless, cashless and frictionless fashion. From the parking garages to the public plaza, the minute fans come to Golden 1 Center, they will be completely connected. The adjacent hotel and 1.5 million square feet of retail, recreation, office and housing space will also feature the robust network connectivity.
"Fans are bringing multiple wireless devices into public venues, and their expectations for ubiquitous, fast and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity within stadiums and arenas is at an all-time high," said Dan Rabinovitsj, chief operating officer, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. "To address this trend, the Kings are deploying the latest carrier-class Smart Wi-Fi products from Ruckus, which are designed to dynamically deliver the strongest possible Wi-Fi signals to each user within high capacity environments."
The Kings are deploying the newest Ruckus 802.11ac indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points including the ZoneFlex™ R710, H500 and T-301 access points. The Kings will also leverage Ruckus virtual SPoT™ location-based services to inject Wi-Fi user location data into its mobile app, and will use Ruckus SmartCell™ Insight (SCI) software to gather detailed user analytics, network analysis and traffic trending information designed to optimize the fan experience.
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