Boston Networks Support Ryder Cup Event

Boston Networks design, deliver and maintain Intelligent Network Infrastructure and IP Security Solution for The Ryder Cup

Played in Europe only every four years, The Ryder Cup is regarded as the greatest tournament in match play golf. With the entire world watching the events unfold at Gleneagles, undoubtedly, Technology will play a critical part in what is set to be the most technically advanced golf event ever run.

The scale of this truly global event is astonishing. With 45,000 spectators following the action every day on course, hailing from 75 countries, a worldwide TV audience of 630 million from 180 countries and over 3000 corporate hospitality places each day, the numbers are quite staggering.

Designed to provide a fully resilient network backbone, the communications network will not only facilitate the legendary tournament but will remain as a legacy network at Gleneagles, adding significant value to the finest golf resort in the world.

Boston Networks has designed and deployed an IP security solution that will provide 24/7 protection of the golf course in the pre-event weeks, to preserve the course ahead of the competition and a further system to provide complete event surveillance, to support public and player safety over all practice and competition days.

Event Critical Communications Infrastructure

Working in conjunction with Ryder Cup and Gleneagles Hotel, our systems have been designed to provide maximum flexibility, and the highest level of resiliency. The infrastructure will support a multitude of technologies and stakeholders, to enable the delivery of this globally acclaimed sporting event, including:

•800 of the world’s journalists and media
•Leader boards and On Course Big Screen Displays
•60 TV cameras, to capture all the sporting action for a global audience of 630 million
•100 on course Xirrus Wireless Arrays for Free Public Wi-FI
•50 CCTV cameras, throughout Gleneagles, for public safety and event security
•600 TV screens to bring the live action to players lounges, hospitality suites and the spectator village.

As well as enabling The Ryder Cup, the infrastructure will remain intact and fully operational for Gleneagles to utilise for years to come. Throughout the design and installation process, the project has also rigorously adhered to Boston Networks ISO140001 and the Ryder Cup’s Green Drive initiative to ensure this will be the most sustainable event with the lowest environmental impact.

Bespoke Network to support Tournament Broadcast

With an expected global audience of 630 million, the broadcast infrastructure is a critical component of this prestigious sporting event.

To ensure European Tour Productions and NBC broadcast team can transmit the sporting action securely and in real time straight to the central TV compound and out to the waiting world, Boston Networks has designed a separate highly resilient network around the course.

The Fibre backbone will facilitate over 1000 cores, exclusively for European Tour Productions, ensuring every shot is captured in SD, HD and 4K.

To fully support the Ryder Cup event security and safety strategy, Boston Networks has designed and delivered an IP Security system to run across the on course network and provide megapixel views of all areas of the course, as well as the key public transport routes leading to Gleneagles.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine