How The 49ers Are Using Beacons To Help You Find Hot Dogs And Beer

aruba“Enterprise Wi-Fi provider Aruba Networks officially lit up their homegrown beacon network and accompanying smartphone app at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, today in Santa Clara. After working in beta for that last several months, the deployment now enables a host of location-based services for stadium goers like: quickly and accurately finding concessions, restrooms, and seats with the Levi’s Stadium app, no matter how deep into the stadium users are.”

“In the current Levi’s Stadium situation the hardware works like this: 1. A multitude of Aruba battery powered beacons, are deployed all over the stadium. 2. A lesser number of Aruba Wi-Fi nodes (which can cover a much greater area) are also deployed throughout the stadium. 3. The smaller, USB style beacons are plugged in the USB port on the Wi-Fi nodes. This allows the many battery-powered beacons to communicate with the Wi-Fi nodes directly. 4. The Wi-Fi nodes then relay the beacon data back to either a single Aruba on-site or cloud-based software controller that works for the entire stadium. 5. The Controller relays data back to the remote management system where IT professional can monitor and maintain the beacons, check battery life, issue firmware updates, etc”

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