NTT Group launches Wi-Fi multicast service with Expway platform

Wi-Fi multicast

Wireless multicast vendor Expway announced that NTT Group has launched what they’re billing as the first ever commercial Wi-Fi multicast service at the NACK5 Stadium Omiya football stadium in Saitama, Japan, home of the J.League soccer club Omiya Ardija.

The service, called Smart Stadium, provides a new immersive watching experience synchronized with the game to over 15,000 fans in the stadium, equipped with smartphones of any brand, and the Omiya Ardija app. The solution works on any access point.

Fans can enjoy this new immersive experience, through three different channels. The first features the live broadcast from SKY PerfecTV, a soccer-broadcasting provider in Japan. The second channel provides replays and highlights, while the third allows fans to follow their favorite players thanks to cameras on the field, the first service of its kind for a soccer game in Japan.

The mobile app provides detailed information and stats about the game and individual players and other services such as allowing fans to receive coupons from nearby shops and restaurants. Digital signage screens across the stadium concourse allow fans to continue watching the game while walking around inside or outside the gates.

NTT Data and NTT Data MSE developed the application on the top of the Wi-Fi Multicast Platform, and provided global system integration.

Expway’s Wi-Fi Multicast solution broadcasts content using Wi-Fi access points simultaneously to thousands of devices, with no interruption of service and no video degradation, and with minimal bandwidth usage.

NTT Group plans to roll out Smart Stadium soon across multiple stadiums in Japan.

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