Data demand has been shown to double annually at key collegiate stadia nationwide, meaning the 2011 season will present unprecedented need for reliability and speed.
North Charleston, SC (PRWEB) September 02, 2011
When football season kicks off nationwide this fall, fans will benefit from technology most don’t even know exists. As thousands of spectators – and their smart phones – gather on game day they’ll text, tweet, update a status and check fantasy league standings with ease. And that’s thanks to stadium directors and technology companies who worked over time to accommodate a surge in wireless data. Their answer: the Distributed Antenna System, or DAS, a network of spatially separated antenna nodes that connect to a common source, and provide wireless services throughout a defined area. North Charleston-based STEALTH has been very busy this year manufacturing and shipping DAS (components or custom antennas – NOT systems) that will support extraordinary, game-day data loads. STEALTH has partnered recently with NextG Networks (http://www.nextgnetworks.net/), a leader in engineering and operating small cell networks, to build multiple DAS systems in major stadia in the Midwest and South. “DAS is a proven way to meet major demand for wireless,” says Sean McLernon, CEO of STEALTH, which has been designing and installing wireless concealment systems for 20 years. “The real trick is to install the systems in such a way that they are integrated into the stadia architecture and ready for incredible game-day demands,” he said. Data demand has been shown to double annually at key collegiate stadia nationwide, meaning the 2011 season will present unprecedented need for reliability and speed. Last year, Dallas officials scattered 1,000 DAS receptors through Cowboys Stadium and numerous wireless carriers invested several million dollars in boosting their capacity – all to accommodate over 100,000 Super Bowl spectators and passersby. “What happens when 30,000 fans all decide they want to send a photo to their friends, at the same time?” asks McLernon. “In stadia without DAS systems, that activity shuts down the network. Our customers have learned that their fans want – actually, demand - access to their social networks and fantasy football leagues, right now!” STEALTH® has installed DAS systems in numerous major Southeastern and Midwestern stadia. Their handiwork is also found on dozens of campuses, parkways and other defined geographies throughout the West and along the Eastern Seaboard. About STEALTH®: STEALTH® Concealment Solutions was founded in 1992, and was the first U.S. company to engineer and construct antenna concealments for the wireless industry. The company has full manufacturing capability on both U.S. coasts, as well as a nationwide sales network. STEALTH® spearheads more than 750 concealment projects nationwide per year for all wireless carriers. For more information, visit http://www.stealthsite.com or call 800-755-0689.