RoamAbout™ Wireless Connectivity Enables Race Officials to Provide
Real-Time Access to Data on More Than 37,000 Runners
October 5, 2001 – For the second consecutive year, Enterasys Networks Inc. will sponsor The LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathon, the fastest growing marathon in the world. Enterasys will serve as the wireless network provider utilising its RoamAbout wireless platform to provide real-time access to data on more than 37,000 runners. Providing a flexible and mobile network alternative, the point-to-multipoint wireless infrastructure will support more than fifty different devices including PCs and wireless handhelds providing up-to-the-minute information for race officials and spectators alike.
“A premier sporting event of this size and magnitude places unique demands on the network; the infrastructure has a very specific lifespan – it must be flexible to install and manage, while robust and reliable enough to handle large amounts of traffic in a short timeframe. There is only one chance to get it right,” said Elizabeth Stapleton, director of information technology for The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. “With Enterasys’ RoamAbout wireless technology, we can quickly and easily set up a high-performance infrastructure allowing us to transmit runner progress in real-time in a much more cost-effective and manageable manner.”
Via the point-to-multipoint Enterasys RoamAbout wireless infrastructure, real-time data regarding the runners’ progress along the 26.2 mile course is sent to various checkpoints throughout the race, including the Media Center at the Hilton Hotel, the VIP Tent and Runner Update Tent. The information is then used by race officials to track the race’s progress and compile specific racing statistics. In addition, spectators also utilise the real-time access to check on the status of specific runners along the course.
In addition to the race, Enterasys’ RoamAbout wireless technology will also provide mobile connectivity during the post race party at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, supporting a number of PC and handheld stations where runners, their families and friends can also check on all of their times.
“We are delighted to work once again with The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to provide wireless network connectivity,” said Dan Coyne, regional vice president for Enterasys Networks. “Combining high-performance and availability with the freedom and ease of mobile technology, Enterasys’ RoamAbout offers a powerful wireless infrastructure conducive to the demands of the world’s fastest growing marathon.”
About the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon
The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is one of the premier races in the world. From 1996 to 2001, the number of registered runners grew more than three-fold from 10,925 to 37,500. In addition to the amazing growth of the field, The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is now one of Chicago’s favorite annual traditions with more than 900,000 spectators lining the race course in 2000. The 2001 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon will be televised live on October 7 on NBC5 Chicago from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and broadcast on Chicago’s ESPN Radio 1000 from 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a new type of company that combines a single market focus with a strong technology heritage to provide communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organisations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys was named a “Company to Watch in 2001” by CIO Magazine.
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