Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wi-Fi Goes Wild at Kauffmann Stadium




I love baseball.  I mean I  flatout love the game.  

And one of the things I love the most is that it's a game that you can actually compare to the game that was played in the past.  Some things you can't compare, such as the steroid era, but most of the time you can.

I also, being a tech lover, get a buzz over being able to sit at a game and bring stats up on my iPhone to compare and contrast what a player is doing this year vs his career, vs this pitcher, etc.

I remember the first time I was able to get Wi-Fi at Kauffmann Stadium ("The K" as we affectionately know it here in Kansas City).  It wasn't available everywhere in the park, but mh\y seats are directly behind home plate and if you were friendly with the staff, they would give you the password even though it was a secured access point.  The connection had screaming speeds, allowing me to Tweet out photos, Vine videos, etc in a matter of seconds.

Then about midseason last season (late July or so) the wireless disappeared.  The staff didn't seem to know what happened to it, but it was gone.

Then, late in the regular season, it returned.  This time it was supersonic kind of fast.  It also didn't require a password.  The access points were wide open and I couldn't believe the how fast the speed was.

Not wanting to trust my security on an open connection, I setup my VPN and was still getting download & upload speeds that I just couldn't believe,  AAMOF, I wish I would have kept track of the speeds as they were incredible.

Well today I stumbled across a great article explaining how MLB is working on bringing these incredible Wi-Fi services to every stadium..If you are a geek or  diehard fan like me, this is just the beginning of an amazing "tip of the iceberg."  

The most amazing part of the article linked above is that at "The K" during game 7 of the World Series, the crowd moved over 2 Terabytes of data.  That's right 2 Terabytes and it all came from phones, iPads, all kinds of user controlled personal electronics.  That's just  amazing to me.

Give the article a read and see how MLB is working, ahead of the curve,  to bring the Internet to the user.

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