"Baseball tech keeps fans and players connected"
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Baseball tech keeps fans and players connected
As the San Francisco Giants are in full swing at AT&T Park, engineers behind the scenes are making sure fans can share the first pitch with the world.
The ballpark was the first pro stadium to introduce WiFi back in 2004.
With more fans than ever using mobile devices there, new technology ensures you're always covered, whether you're using WiFi or a cellular connection.
Fans are starting to bring more than one device per game, and you're seeing a lot of fans that might bring three devices.
So it's a wearable It's a tablet and it's a smart phone, they bring all those and again they just expect to stay connected wherever they go.
[UNKNOWN] cost 1,300 network access points for the crowd of over 40,000 people can connect to the wi fi network and tweet, Facebook or Instagram to their heart's content.
This season the crowd has [UNKNOWN] 1.2 terabytes of data each game.
That's equivalent to around 3.2 million social media updates.
For the World Series, data use can skyrocket to 2 terabytes a day.
Visitors who use a cellular connection to make calls and make text messages are also covered.
These white boxes high above the bleachers are AT&T's Echo Bots.
They feedback information on the network in real time so engineers can monitor usage and connectivity and then make adjustments.
What it does is it interacts with mobile devices and data devices like our customers do.
Doing things like apps a messaging voice.
The San Francisco Giants, they were also using tech to make adjustments to their game, using a system called StatCost.
Quantify the route that a player takes to a ball in the outfield, or quantify the jump that a baserunner gets when they're stealing a base.
These are cameras that track everything that moves on the field, and for the first time we can capture statistics that no one's ever had before.
The ballpark has rolled out other hi tech features to improve the fan experience.
Apple Pay is available in some concession stores with full deployment coming in 2016.
Charging stations in the park can refuel your phone and you can even order a pizza delivered right to your seat.
From the pitch to the bleachers, it's a home run for all.
In San Fransisco, I am Lexi [UNKNOWN] CNET.com for CBS News.
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