Case Study AFC Bournemouth

Supporting AFC Bournmouth in getting "premiership ready"

Project Brief

Upgrade IT infrastructure for stadium following promotion to the Premier League

Product Tags

Telephone System Network Cabling Rack Tidy

Project Overview

April 2015, The Cherries achieved the impossible, promotion to top flight football in the Premiership. Their stadium needed an upgrade to meet the exacting requirements of the Premier League. The requirements were many; underground pitch heating, upgrade flood lighting, backup power, goal line technology, player tracking, digital perimiter advertising, and the list goes on. In the Premiership, their stadium will be the attention of the worlds press so the requirments for the media were exhaustive.

So the club sat down with Easy Networks and Medhurst Computers of Fareham to start analysing the requirements. Medhurst would supply their new switch and wifi infrastructure. Easy Networks would provide new structured wiring, upgrade their Alcatel-Lucent VoIP telephone system and provide specialist audio visual services for professional broadcasting. Easy Networks and Medhurst have worked successfully together for many years and this excellent working relationship was paramount with the delivery of this project.

The window for project delivery was just a few months. During installation, it became apparant their comms room required a re-design. Richard Gwilliam, Managing Director at Easy Networks commented "An overhaul of the comms room was becoming the elephant in the Room, nobody really wanted the extra pressure of stripping and rebuilding the comms room in what was already a challenging project - but it was a job that needed to be done".

Richard Poole, IT Manager at AFC Bournemouth added "It took 9 Engineers, 3 days and lots of pizza, got us from where we were to where we wanted to be. Since upgrading the comms room its become very managemeable and very presentable." Richard Poole added "Since upgrading our telecoms to VoIP, it has become more cost effective and the insights allow us to enhance other areas of the business".