The massive video screen, video control room (in photo) , the data center and the network at Cowboys stadium where the game will be played - via CNET.com
- $40 million, 72-foot-high, 162-foot-long Diamond Vision boards, which weigh 600 tons, and which include 30 million light bulbs and 25,000 square feet of total display space
- The data center features an architecture of 128 Hewlett-Packard blade servers, a 10TB HP storage area network, and a passel of Cisco routers. This infrastructure is responsible for keeping just about every system inside the giant building running smoothly, be it lighting, concessions, security, heat, or the famous retractable roof.
- the next big thing to hit the stadium--and all those 885 access points--is a series of mobile apps that the Cowboys hope will encourage all kinds of transactions at the 212 concession stands and 665 point of sale terminals located throughout the venue. The idea, Walsh said, is to release a series of mobile apps that will leverage the latest location-based services technology in order to push special deals on, say, beer or soda or hot dogs or team apparel to fans, based on where those fans are in the stadium.
Oh, and by the way EA Sports has been using its Madden NFL games to simulate the Super Bowl matchups since 2004, and wouldn't you know it, the game has correctly picked the victor six out of seven times. Here is its prediction for this year