Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi connections and wireless wagering are available in the luxury suites on Millionaire's Row at Churchill Downs. In this suite, you can see the Wi-Fi antenna in the top center of the photo.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Discreet Antenna

The Wi-Fi antennas in the luxury suites are visible but very discrete. The white oblong object seen here is the antenna. The Cisco Systems access point is above the ceiling.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Wireless Stands

You don't need to be in Millionaire's Row to wager wirelessly. The entire grandstand at Churchill Downs is Wi-Fi-enabled.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Grandstand Antennas

Theres a Cisco Wi-Fi antenna located every few feet along the back wall of the Churchill Downs grandstand area.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - The Grandstand AP

Access points are arranged along the walls of the main grandstands at Churchill Downs. You can see the Cisco lightweight AP, located just below the speaker on the right. Theres a cable leading from that to the Wi-Fi antenna below. The red object below th

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Wireless Wagering

The Churchill Downs IT department has invested in a supply of Dell Axim PDAs that it lends to high rollers so they can place electronic wagers. Fans can also bet using their own laptop computers. The wireless wagering system works in conjunction with the

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Placing a Wireless Wager

Kentucky Downs CIO Jay Rollins shows how the Dell PDA is used to place a wager wirelessly. The devices connect to a secure Web site to make the transaction.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - The Server Room

CIO Jay Rollins shows off the Kentucky Downs server room, which contains the servers used to handle the wagering transactions, the Cisco switching infrastructure and a number of encoding devices. The actual data center is located away from the track in do

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Wired Wagers

The Churchill Downs IT department has also added a number of wired consoles for fans who want to place wagers. These terminals from IBM include a card reader for the Twin Spires loyalty card. Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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Churchill Downs Wagers on Wi-Fi - Betting with a Touch

Churchill Downs CIO Jay Rollins shows how to place bets using its wired wagering terminals. These terminals can be placed in the luxury box area, as shown here, or in other areas of the racetrack buildings.Photo: Wayne Rash / eWEEK

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