“The deployment of the secure wireless infrastructure is key to the operation of our new access control system, and will provide significant long term benefits for our customers and the club.”
Bluesocket provides central management of all access points, intrusion detection, blocking of non-registered access points, authentication and encryption.
The Bluesocket solution was installed with 8 access points and over 1000 metres of fibre-optic cable, and the system was fully tested and operational in time for the opening match of the 2006 rugby league season.
Express Data were invited to conduct a full site survey to assess the requirements and make recommendations for the network expansion and the implementation of new wireless technologies.
The stadium is located in the heart of a large student residential area and during the wireless survey it became apparent that security was the main area for concern, as over 20 other wireless networks were detected. The security system had to offer more than just WEP keys, so Express Data recommended the deployment of the Bluesocket secure wireless system.
Paper-based tickets could soon be a thing of the past at Leeds Rugby after they introduced a new electronic access system for their supporters that allows entry via a smartcard.
This state-of-the-art smartcard solution is a fully-integrated, multi-application system that will allow the introduction of e-purse, loyalty, and various other applications to enable the club to better control stadium access whilst also enhancing the club-supporter connection. It allows card-holders access to the stadium without first needing to visit the ticket office to collect their ticket, as it automatically recognises the cardholder as someone who has purchased a match ticket.
Key to the new system is the introduction of wireless networking. On match days, stewards are located both inside and outside the ground at every bank of turnstiles, and are equipped with handheld computers. These PDA’s need to connect to the network remotely, so a stadium-wide infrastructure is required.