As coaches, teams, fans, and the media prepared for “The Big Game” in late January, public safety agencies in the San Francisco area also began their preparations for what is generally regarded as the biggest sporting event of the year. With 20 days until “The Big Game”, Barry Fraser of BAYRICS, joined by DHS and the Northern California Regional Information Center (NCRIC) asked Parallel Wireless to provide band 14 coverage for The Big Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as well as at the NFL Experience in downtown San Francisco.
As a young startup, what do you say when you’re asked to do the impossible? “Yes”, of course!
Over the next few days the NFL provided details about what would be required for this deployment; Parallel Wireless would be given two locations at each of the North and South scoreboards in the stadium where Converged Wireless System (CWS) multi-mode base stations from Parallel Wireless would be mounted to provide band 14 coverage. With flexible backhaul options included on the CWS’, any backhaul option could be utilized to provide band 14 coverage at the venue. The two CWS’ covered the entire venue to provide law enforcement with their own frequencies for broadband voice, data and video. In the end, NFL RF management asked us to just focus on the NFL Experience venue as they needed more time for their own RF studies.