Australian Open 2013: tech running the tournament

Australian Open 2013: tech running the tournament

Summary: ZDNet goes behind to scenes to learn more about the tech that is used to support the Australian Open.

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    Media hub

    Tennis Australia rolled out around 300 AO Vision-enabled devices in the media centre.

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    Umpire's little helper

    Every umpire is given a hand-held device called the chair umpire, dubbed Chump, to input scores and decisions made during a match in real time.

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    All wired up

    With so much concrete around the venue, Tennis Australia doesn't want to risk connecting the Chump wirelessly. Instead, the device is wired up to Ethernet cable that leads straight back to the server room. According to Tennis Australia CIO Samir Mahir, the organisation laid down 35km of cables for the Australian Open this year.

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Topics: Australia, IBM

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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