Fans who attend Chicago Wolves games later this season may enjoy new connectivity with their smartphones.
They may experience a new wireless system inside the Allstate Arena that may even help them interact while the game is in progress. The home opener against the San Antonio Rampage is Oct. 12.
Lisle-based ExteNet Systems Inc. said this week that it has been assessing the wireless needs at the Allstate Arena. ExteNet does not yet have a contract with Allstate Arena to install equipment and services, and other companies also are being considered.
Allstate Arena representatives said they are within days of signing a contract with an unspecified company for equipment and services at the stadium.
ExteNet designs, builds, owns and operates networks for use by wireless carriers and venue owners. It already has provided services for the Dunkin' Donuts Center, home to the AHL's Providence Bruins, and the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ExteNet also offers an app called Go Beyond Live that fans could use on an iPhone or Android smartphone. It was developed in conjunction with Wireless Fan Solution for sports and entertainment facilities.
Go Beyond Live could be used while inside the stadium during the game. It allows fans to order tickets, food and merchandise from the arena's concessions and businesses and provides better streaming of video, said Jon Davis, vice president of business development for ExteNet.
Fans could download the app for free and use the Wi-Fi in the stadium for free, said Jon Davis, vice president of business development for ExteNet.
The process of installing equipment and services at a stadium could take up to four months, Davis said.
"Connectivity has been an issue in these arenas," he said.
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