The organisers of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have wirelessly-enabled the event's ticketing application to combat ticket fraud.
The tournament's wireless network comprises 70 Cisco Aironet 1200 series 802.11g access points, with a unit positioned at each entry gate. Ticketing staff will use Symbol PPT800 to scan visitors' tickets and badges.
The wireless system will also be used to scan staff badges and verify photographs against those held in a central CRM system in real time.
The system matches the worker to photographic records held on the Club's CRM system AEGIS (All England Global Information System), which is linked to police intelligence systems.
IBM Global Services, which runs the IT system for Wimbledon, is currently assembling and testing the wireless network, which was originally designed and implemented in 2003 for use by members of the press during the two weeks of the tennis championship.
This year, Wimbledon will have 70 wireless access points mainly for journalists and photographers to send information and images back to their offices. There will be three access points in Centre Court alone, for photographers to capture and send images from their cameras.
Users at the huts and marquees will also be able to access various intranets and applications such as the Wimbledon Information System (Wis), via wireless devices.
Source Citation:"Wireless network serves up Wimbledon security advantage.(Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2007)(Brief article)." Computer Weekly 125 (June 26, 2007): NA. Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 14 Sept. 2009
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