The big day is finally here -- for football fans worldwide, and especially Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals fans. We're only hours away from the opening kickoff at Super Bowl XLIII, and all week, the media has been abuzz with features on the NFL's season finale (ok, the Pro Bowl is yet to come, but who really watches that?).
Even late last night, as I finally went to sleep after a long day of preparations for ITEXPO East 2009
, which itself kicks off tomorrow morning at 8:00 from Miami, a mere two hours or so from tonight's Super Bowl, I fell asleep to various TV shows discussing the big game.
The point is, this is one of the single biggest media events of the year, and the NFL certainly would have been remiss to consider that when choosing its wireless supplier for the event. So, it's not all that surprising that it again chose Motorola to provider end-to-end WiFi coverage. Not only has Motorola
been the NFL's vendor of choice for three years running, but it has a wealth of experience to draw upon as it provides reliable, high-speed wireless connectivity from more than 4,000 media members covering the game.
The temporary nature of the deployment, combined with the high user density and network traffic congestion, not to mention the critical nature of the communications network, all make for as demanding a deployment scenario as one can imagine.
Motorola overcomes these challenges, enabling access in several official Super Bowl venues, including team hotels, the Super Bowl Media Center, Raymond James Stadium, and more, using a combination of its Motorola RFS6000 wireless switches, AP300 access ports, AP5131 mesh-enabled access points, and Motorola AirDefense Solutions wireless security sensors. The solution offers not only the network speed and reliability media covering the Super Bowl require, but also the security that is required for any network solution.
So, as the Steelers and Cardinals prepare to do battle this evening, we're here at the Miami Beach Convention Center getting ready for ITEXPO, which, as I said, opens first thing tomorrow morning. The Motorola deployment is significant because it speaks to just the kinds of wireless technologies that will be on display on the exhibit hall floor (along with their wired counterparts and everything else that creates an IP Communications solution), accompanied by conference sessions on the latest wireless technologies at 4G Wireless Evolution
, which a collocated with ITEXPO.
It may not be "the" Super Bowl, but ITEXPO promises to be the Super Bowl of the IP Communications industry. The winners will be those who attend. See you tomorrow.