The tech behind the Premier League

A host of tech is backing the 20 Premier League teams, helping them improve their play, streamline ticketing and more.

Wigan Athletic

The tech: The JJB Stadium has conference and function rooms fitted with AV and telecom facilities. It has also implanted a paperless ticketing system with Fortress to develop membership and loyalty.

West Ham United

The tech: The current setup involves Nortel Business Communications Manager at the club's training ground as well as ISDN-based media communication facilities. The club is looking at an IP-based unified communications setup in the coming months.

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The tech: Sponsor Pipex installed wireless access points that enables access to ticket information from handheld devices, as well as RFID smartcards from Fortress.

The club is making an effort to invest in virtualisation for green IT and efficiency savings. Servers and desktops are being virtualised using VMware, leading to cost savings, cooling and savings in power consumption.

Manchester City

They've also got a fairly new stadium in Eastlands, which was built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games and replaced their old Maine Road stadium.

The tech: With the amount of money Man City have got to spend, there may well be some big investment in IT for the future, but for now they are installing Nortel/BT IP-telephony systems and also trialling VMWare virtualisation technology in-house.

HP and Cisco have also supplied hardware to power the club's ticketing and access systems.

Tottenham Hotspur

The tech: Following Arsenal's successful move to Emirates, their fierce rivals are now planning to increase the capacity of White Hart Lane stadium to 60,000.

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