DESA Australia helps turn the MCG into a Smart Stadium

Work has begun on transforming one of the world’s greatest sporting arenas into a ‘Smart Stadium’ and DESA Australia is playing an active role in its transformation.

mcg14273509581427350972 DESA has been contracted to help ‘future-proof’ the Melbourne Cricket Ground, partnering with IBM, CISCO and builders Cockram to develop the Melbourne Cricket Ground into one of the most technically advanced stadiums in Australia.

As part of a $45 million upgrade, DESA Australia has been tasked with the job of installing the copper and fibre optic infrastructure to support the new ‘smart’ stadium. The works will also include mounting TVs and the installation of 900 wireless access points throughout the MCG.

“What we’re doing is supplying and installing the back bone infrastructure that will create a connected stadium,” says DESA Australia Project Group Manager Chris Wellington.

“DESA has completed a number of smaller infrastructure projects and service works at the MCG over recent years and it is fantastic to also be involved in this landmark project and play our part in the stadium’s evolution.”

The cricket World Cup and the start of the AFL season will place greater pressure on the schedule of works with the team to work around match day lockouts to deliver the project by Boxing Day.

“We’ll have a specialist team of technicians guided by an experienced Project Manager working on this project to get it completed on time,” says Chris.

”I have complete confidence in my team, headed up by Ben Rogasch, to complete this major infrastructure installation on time and to our client’s satisfaction. Ben’s skills as a Project Manager and his team’s professionalism and enthusiasm for the task at hand will ensure its ultimate success.”

“I’m looking forward to going to the footy or the cricket and using the mobile to text people or to jump onto the internet without the frustration of a slow connection. That is the whole purpose of the job”.

DESA Australia is proud to be involved in this project and is looking forward to helping deliver a better match day experience to sports fans into the future.

About DESA Australia

DESA Australia is a leading provider of infrastructure services to corporate business, government and the Australian Defence Force.

Founded in 1989, DESA Australia is a privately held company with offices in all major Australian capital cities, delivering high tech communications and electrical cabling solutions. DESA Australia has specialist skills in Data Centre, Security, Wireless, Audio Visual, Voice and Network infrastructure design, installation and maintenance.

For more information on how DESA Australia can help your business optimise its electrical and communications infrastructure, reducing the total cost of ownership, contact our head office on:

  • Tel: 613 9490 3907
  • Email: lesleyp@desa.com.au