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Press release

7/4/2018

Finally home: FK Austria Wien has arrived in the future!

The new Generali Arena offers full enjoyment for fans thanks to innovative technology from Kapsch. The digitalization expert is equipping FK Austria Wien’s home stadium for the future.

Vienna, July 4, 2018 – If you had to describe the new stadium at the roundabout in Vienna’s Favoriten district in three words, they would probably be: modern, family-friendly, and safe. As of July, fans will cheer for their teams in Austria’s first sustainably-built soccer stadium. A few major events are already scheduled: After the opening match against Borussia Dortmund on July 13, the arena will also host the finale of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2020, as well as the final games of the UNIQA ÖFB Cup between 2019 and 2022. Lots of people and major events place huge demands on a stadium’s infrastructure. “Innovation, the best possible service for our fans, and maximum safety were important requirements for the new stadium,” said Markus Kraetschmer, CEO of FK Austria Wien. “It was a challenge to find a partner with the necessary technological know-how.” The team opted for Kapsch BusinessCom as a system integrator. Kapsch has implemented the network, security system, and media technology in recent months.

State-of-the-art technology

FK Austria Wien was interested above all in sustainability and maximum quality. This is why Kapsch relied on network and Wi-Fi components from the leading technology firm Cisco that are specially designed for use in stadiums.

About 320 Wi-Fi access points provide constant quality to up to 17,500 visitors. Two redundant firewalls ensure network security in the stadium. The high-performance, highly available network design, with over 40 switches, is characterized by simple administration and high security.

Physical security is also guaranteed by a Kapsch solution. Eighty cameras inside and outside the stadium provide real-time images in forensic quality, sent directly to the control room. A fully digital access-control system for about 500 doors ensures safe access to the stadium.

There are three large video walls and over 360 displays distributed throughout the stadium and the building that can show the games live or broadcast other content.

Kapsch is also making sure that the VIP boxes, festival rooms, and meeting spaces all have the right video, sound, and light quality. The media-control system is at the heart of the event spaces. With an app on several iPads, users can control all of the room’s functions, such as lighting, shade, air-conditioning, sound, audio, and video technology. Special docking stations protect the iPads from being stolen.

“Yet again, we are equipping a large stadium with our state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology. This time, it is Austria’s first sustainable soccer stadium,” says Jochen Borenich, Member of the Executive Board at Kapsch BusinessCom. “Now nothing stands in the way of enjoying soccer in a secure digital environment, as well as the analog one, of course.”

Generali Arena
Generali Arena Photo rights: © FK Austria Wien AG


FK Austria Wien is a soccer club from Vienna. The club plays in the Austrian national league. The club’s second team, the Young Violets, plays in the second league, Austria’s second-highest-level league. FK Austria Wien is Austria’s most successful soccer club. They hold a total of 51 titles, championships, and cup victories, which is the absolute best among all of Austria’s clubs. Since it was founded in 1911, the club has celebrated 24 championships and 27 cup titles in the highest division. FK Austria Wien AG, whose only shareholder is the club, governs the professional soccer team. After changing home base several times, the team has played its home games since 1973 in the Franz Horr Stadium (called the Generali Arena since 2010) on the Laaer Berg in the Favoriten district of Vienna.


Kapsch BusinessCom, a Kapsch Group company, supports companies in taking their business performance to the next level and developing new business models. As a leading partner in digitalization, the company operates as a consultant, system supplier, and service provider. Kapsch BusinessCom is the ideal partner for keeping abreast of rapidly evolving digital technologies thanks to its widespread expertise in handling large quantities of data and matters of security, in addition to the valuable experience gained from successful implementation of a variety of use cases across numerous industries. The company’s comprehensive portfolio in Austria, Romania and the DACH region includes technology solutions for intelligent and – most importantly – secure ICT infrastructure along with smart building technology, media and security technology, and outsourcing services. Kapsch pursues a strategy of manufacturer independence, cooperates with leading global providers such as HPE, Cisco, and Microsoft, and participates in a wide network of research partners and industry-specific solution providers ranging from startups to major corporations.

Kapsch BusinessCom services more than 17,000 customers both locally and globally, including Allianz, Erste Bank, ÖBB, OMV, ORF, and Vodafone. In the fiscal year 2017/18, Kapsch BusinessCom generated revenue of approximately EUR 318 million with its 1,200 employees.

 

Press contact:

Alf Netek
Chief Marketing Officer & Press Officer
Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 811 1700
alf.netek@kapsch.net
Jutta Hanle
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Kapsch BusinessCom AG
Wienerbergstraße 53, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50811 5787
jutta.hanle@kapsch.net