A smartphone app – developed by a University of Sussex academic - that boosts phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country.
With the new football season getting underway this weekend, thousands of fans will be able to give the red card to poor wi-fi and phone signal during matches by downloading the free digitalStadium app, which creates a network between phones in the stadium to share bandwidth.
The digitalStadium technology enables fans and the club to communicate with each other during a match, providing real-time information on other key games, league table stats and travel information.
Fans can also take part in Twitter debates and competitions such as Rate the Ref while watching the game, while a live ticker feed delivers the latest news, views and special offers from the club.
The technology was developed by a team led by Dr Ian Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Software Systems, and has been on trial for over a year at Brighton and Hove Albion FC, whose stadium is just across the road from the University.