Wireless Technology From Firetide Makes Stockholm’s Landmark Arena Shine

Stockholm
‘s Globe Arena has completed its
first winter with its dramatic new lighting system, and Firetide made it
possible with advanced wireless technology. Firetide, Inc., a developer
of multi-service wireless mesh networks, deployed its system to relay lighting
control data instantly to 670 DMX-controlled multi-color- capable lighting
assemblies.

Even
though the Globe was a daytime centerpiece of the

Stockholm skyline, no lighting existed for
the facade’s illumination at night. At the suggestion of NoWire, Firetide’s
distributor in the Nordic region, system integrators
Stockholm
Lighting

Company
AB and Ready AB implemented Firetide wireless
mesh to light the world’s largest spherical building.

“For
Globe, wireless was the only economically viable solution, and security and
reliability had the highest priority,” said Ian Fanning, project manager
at Stockholm Lighting. “Firetide’s self-healing networks and management
software were a major factor in winning the bid.”

“We
are pleased to have been selected to provide wireless network infrastructure
for this challenging project,” said Magnus Gunnarsson, VP or sales and
business development for EMEA at Firetide. “In the area of intense Wi-Fi
use, Firetide was able to avoid interference and deliver a clear and reliable
solution using 5 GHz connectivity.”

Fifteen
Firetide nodes were used to provide a wireless network infrastructure for the
entire facility. Firetide’s HotView Pro software provides management and
diagnostics for the network. “We are able to see the functioning mesh and
program it remotely from any location in the world,” Fanning said.

With an
inner height of 85 meters (279 feet) and a diameter of 110 meters (361 feet),
the Globe Arena is the world’s largest spherical building. This white
ball-shaped stadium shines brightly at midday, reflects sunsets during the
evening but used to go dark every night. The Globe now glows 24 hours a day,
even during those long Scandinavian nights.

Ian
Fanning was pleased with the overall ease of installation and bring-up.
“Once everything was in place, the initial turn on offered no problems at
all. To be able to power up 15 Firetide nodes, install the HotView management
software and actually have the mesh functioning immediately was very
impressive. We’ll definitely use Firetide systems in the future if a similar
project arises.”