Tech Stack: Principality Stadium, UCI and more

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Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has been fitted with a new sound system as part of a collaboration between French loudspeaker manufacturer NEXO, the Welsh Rugby Union, and Vaughan Sound.

NEXO has provided performance audio to venues such as the Stade de France in Paris and Etihad Stadium, home of Premier League club Manchester City.

The new sound system will be sampled during the Wales vs Barbarians match at Principality Stadium next month. The system includes the installation of 18 eight-way loudspeaker arrays, which are enhanced with 10 sub bass units and a further set of four-way loudspeaker arrays that will provide audio coverage to the pitch.

Mark Williams, Principality Stadium manager, said: “As a stadium famous for its anthem experience and the noise generated by supporters, upgrading the sound system to ensure we’re delivering on experience in line with other major venues across the UK was a natural next step.”

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has launched a new-look app for the Track Champions League ahead of the 2023 season.

The app, which is powered by AWS, will provide access to exclusive live data and onboard cameras, and will also feature an expanded fan zone where supporters can make predictions and compete in special quests and challenges.

The Cheer a Rider feature will give fans the chance to support their favourite athletes. The app will also feature the Race Live Mode, which will deliver live power, speed, heart rate and cadence data, and the Feel Heartbeat button, which users can press to feel the live heartbeat of any athlete using their smartphone’s vibrate function.

Cybersecurity firm WatchGuard Technologies has entered into a partnership with the NHL’s Seattle Kraken and the team’s home venue, Climate Pledge Arena.

As part of the deal, the Kraken will upgrade its cyber defences with WatchGuard’s unified security platform, deploying an advanced network security, multi-factor authentication, endpoint protection, detection, and response services.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted the third annual Tech Slam UK last week as part of a collaboration between the club’s foundation and The Hidden Genius Project.

The initiative aims to empower youth from diverse backgrounds to explore career opportunities within the worlds of sports and technology, with students from local schools invited to the stadium for a series of workshops.

The Hidden Genius Project is a non-profit based in Oakland, California that trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.