Super Bowl 50 Sure to Crush Data Use Records at Levi's Stadium

By Mike Elgan  |  Posted 2016-02-03 Print this article Print
Super Bowl 50

There's an incredible 1,186 solar panels on the roof and on pedestrian bridges connecting the parking lot to the park. These capture 375kW of power, which provides all the energy the stadium needs.

The public is invited to check out a live dashboard display that shows real-time energy measurements, water and air monitors among other stadium eco-statistics.

Stadium management claims about 85 percent of the water used at the stadium is recycled, mostly for landscaping and toilets.

The stadium extends sustainability to the restaurant menus. The emphasis is on locally- and regionally-sourced ingredients, with about 85 percent of food coming from California and 78 percent from within 150 miles of the stadium. There are even about 32 vegan menu items available at the stadium.

Super Bowl 50 to Showcase Latest Video Cameras

CBS Sports will use 70 cameras to shoot the game, which is up from 40 cameras at last year's game.

Among these are brand-new, never-before-seen technologies, including the Eye Vision 360 camera with 36 cameras clustered at around the 25-yard line. These are ultra- high-resolution cameras arranged to point in 360 degrees.

CBS says they'll enable some amazing effects, including 360-degree Matrix-style "bullet time" instant replays. They'll also make possible an upgrade of the current system of drawing a virtual line on the field. This year we'll see what looks like a virtual pane of glass showing the line not just on the grass, but extending up to the sky.

This year's Super Bowl will also see a new pylon camera, which was used at previous games last year, but never before at a Super Bowl. The pylons are the orange markers that bring attention to the four corners of the end zone at the goal line.

Each pylon will now have two HD cameras, as well as microphones. So when a receiver makes a diving catch into the end zone on the edge of the field, he'll literally be jumping over an HD camera and the microphones will be right there to record the crunching sound as helmets collide. Those pylon camera shots have become important in football because they can show whether leaping ball carriers pushed the pigskin inside the pylon even as they were shoved out of bounds.

An all-new SkyCam system, which rolls on wires suspended above the field, will now travel at up to 25 miles per hour, which is faster than even the fastest player can run.

Why Technology is the Main Event This Year

More than 72,000 people will be inside the stadium during the Super Bowl. But there should be about 100,000 devices connected to the stadium systems before, during and after the game when you include people in the parking lot and near the stadium.

So why am I predicting that fans will use a record-shattering 15 terabytes of data?

For comparison, the stadium's first-ever Monday Night Football game in September involved a total of 21,155 devices using WiFi during the game, with a peak of 13,462 concurrent users. That's just WiFi. AT&T alone logged 874 GB on the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) installed at the stadium. A DAS is a group of antennas that replace cell towers in hard-to-access or overly populated spaces.



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