A Cisco wireless network installed by AirWare will be keeping spectators and press up to date with events at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Badminton Horse Trials are the second largest sporting event in the world in terms of visitor numbers, but updating the press with results over the large site, including a 32-fence, four-and-a-quarter-mile course, has traditionally been tricky.
"It's very muddy here but everything's working together," Jim Kernahan, managing director of AirWare, a division of MiTech, told vnunet.com from the show.
"We did this last year using different technology. Now we've got weatherproofing on the unit and, apart from a temporary problem with a tree getting in the way, this year's network has gone very smoothly."
A Cisco Aironet 802.11b wireless hub has been installed and broadcasts at 11Mbps over 750 metres, using three Cisco AP1220 internal units operating at 2.4GHz and a number of BR 350 external point-to-point units for extra flexibility.
This allows the Mitsubishi Media Centre to link up with outside media outlets and the arena control area. Doing this with cabling would be problematic, given the area to be covered and the effect of 250,000 visitors milling around the site.
The wireless link also extends to the veterinary centre and the main viewing screen for spectators.
"We've had no problems so far," said a spokesman for the IT staff at Badminton Horse Trials.
"The weather is an important factor at this show; heavy rain can cause all kinds of problems. But if anything does fail we resort to the back-up systems - the telephone."
The Badminton Horse Trials began in 1949 and have been held every year on the estates of the Duke of Beaufort. Last year the event was the second largest sporting event in the world, below only the Indianapolis 500 in terms of visitor numbers.
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