Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series enhances fan experience at Cracovia Stadium

Polsound and Expander selected Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series to enhance fan experiences at the Józef Piłsudski Cracovia Municipal Stadium.

Expander, a Polish systems integrator, and Polsound, the exclusive distributor for Visionary in Poland, were selected to design, engineer and integrate technology throughout the Cracovia Stadium’s suite spaces. Visionary’s PacketAV series is designed for standard network infrastructure, which allowed Polsound and Expander to quickly install the AV system.

Situated within Kraków, Poland, Cracovia Stadium is home to KS Cracovia, one of the oldest and most successful Polish football clubs. Capable of seating more than 15,000 fans, the Cracovia Stadium features luxury suites and skyboxes for guests to watch KS Cracovia. With guest entertainment remaining paramount for the stadium, the technology integration was a crucial investment to the guest experience.

“The Cracovia Stadium includes luxury suites, including four gold zones and three silver zones, for guests to uniquely experience KS Cracovia,” commented Anna Stachyra, key account manager at Polsound. “The zones are the most exclusive class of seating in the Cracovia Stadium, which meant the guest experience had to be first-class. The zones feature restaurants, bars and merchandise offerings that are exclusive to the VIP members.

“Cracovia Stadium’s zones are designed to be utilised for various purposes, so a flexible, high-quality video matrix with ultra-low latency was a necessary solution. Multiple NEC displays were paired to five PacketAV E4100 encoders and six PacketAV D4100 decoders to enable transmission of audio and video to different zones. An additional PacketAV E4100 encoder is included in the rack to transmit a live video feed from the football field.”

Stachyra added: “Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series was selected because the devices are powered in the PoE standard and each device consumes less than 10 watts of power. The PacketAV encoders and decoders feature passive cooling, which does not generate any noise and enables the product to be installed directly within the zones.

“Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series was plug and play, which made it possible to complete the installation in a short time without interfering with the events taking place at Cracovia Stadium. The AV system was installed in such a way that the client did not feel the integrator’s presence at their stadium. The final result is a simple-to-use video and audio solution that’s flexible for various unique events in the Cracovia Stadium.”

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