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Super-sized tech at Cowboys StadiumCNET's Daniel Terdiman takes a walk through the NFL's newest stadium to give you a look at how technology is being used to enhance the fan's view of the big game.
-Hi there, this is Daniel Terdiman. I'm a reporter with CNET news, and I'm here in Arlington, Texas at Cowboy stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and this Sunday, the home of Super Bowl XLV. This is 105 seat behemoth, and this is media day and we are here along with hundreds of other media particularly to the see the technology of this gigantic modern stadium and so what don't stick with us throughout the day, and we will show you what is special about this stadium. -The Cowboys gave us a call and they said here's the stadium idea. Here are challenges. Here's what we're faced with today and we would like some solutions because we're gonna build a really big stadium, a thousand Encyclopedia Britannica rate is on 1 terabyte, and the Cowboys have 100 terabytes. There are 885 wireless access points within the stadium. This roof -Yeah. -has a 122 motors, controlled. It takes somewhere between 28 minutes to 32 minutes to actually open the roof up. So, the god can watch the Dallas Cowboy. -The room that we're in right now is our network operation center. So, inside our knack, we're able to manage anything that goes across the network. So, whether it would be all of our wireless access points, whether it our 3000 IP/TVs, security cameras, building management system. It's all being monitored from inside this room. With the map that we have behind me here is that we're actually looking at all the different access points on one of the levels inside the stadium and so with that what we're able to see is how many clients are attached to each axis point. Whether the axis point is having an issue or not and we have to go in and fix it and then also too, we're looking to see the distribution of how many clients are attached to every access point. One of the things we have to look at is which team is going to be here and which cell carrier is prevalent in their region, and so with that we kind of make a guess as to what we think the ratio is going to be whether it would be a AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Metro PCS. And so with this knowing that's it's Pittsburgh and Green Bay, we know what is in their region, so we kind of do the map to figure out whether this is going to be a Verizon building or whether this is gonna be an AT&T building and then carriers will just accordingly as far as the band with that they would provide and the capacity that they would provide in here for this event. As we built Cowboy Stadium, we put the infrastructure in so that over the period of the next 3 to 5 years we could start layering applications on top of the infrastructure and so as we do that One of the things we're looking at is next year is the mobility pace. What we'd like to be able to do is if you have a smart phone, whatever platform it's on, to be able to look at fan stats, maybe go after concessions stand and get a coupon for a discount for a product at the concession stand or maybe even purchase your merchandize right there across your smart phone across that platform. As we look at this, we look at it from the fan perspective. You know, what is it that I would like to have as a fan going into this venue and with that, you know, do I really want a smart phone. Am I really gonna bring in an iPad or Slate or whatever it's going to be to look at replays, to look at stats or what have you and so try to understand where the fan is going. -When you come to the stadium and you sit down, you don't have to get out of your sit. You don't have to miss the big play and you can share the moments that are important to you. When people walk away from here, they are gonna say this is what's all about.