Bell Centre goes Mobile for Canadiens Fans

The Bell Centre, which seats up to 21,273 spectators, will
be equipped with a secure and reliable, wireless high-speed network to deliver
next-generation multimedia applications, including VoIP, secure wireless access
anywhere within the facility and remote access for staff when off-site.

Powered by Nortel LAN and WLAN solutions, the Bell Centre’s
food and beverage services will be able to securely accept all forms of
electronic payment using Wi-Fi point-of-sale card readers, which translates to
faster service to fans and an increased number of transactions and revenue
opportunities. Wireless handheld scanners, currently operating on the existing
network, will be migrated to the new Nortel WLAN to more quickly scan and
validate tickets at entry points, reducing crowd bottlenecks and ensuring faster,
more efficient access to the facility.

Benefits of the wireless network will extend to the Press
Gallery, which can accommodate up to 300 media personnel. Media and
photographers can use the new wireless service to securely and instantaneously
exchange, upload and update files, resulting in more up-to-the-minute event
coverage.

In addition, the Wi-Fi service will enable the introduction
of Nortel WLAN Handset 2211s to provide stadium staff with seamless mobile
communications from any location within the building. Away from the Bell
Centre, Nortel’s unified communication will give coaches, players and scouts
remote access to network applications such as player stats and multimedia, and
the ability to connect with and support one another.

“The Bell Centre is the most important sports and
entertainment venue in the province
of Quebec, and Nortel is
honored to provide a wireless solution that enables the Bell Centre to deliver
champion service to its guests,” said Steve Slattery, president,
Enterprise Solutions, Nortel. “In teaming with the Montreal Canadiens,
Nortel is able to provide a customized service that will achieve greater
efficiencies for staff and player personnel and provide a new dimension to the
spectator experience.”