Story image

Aussie Rugby Union tech partnership a deal of two halves

21 Jun 17

A partnership between Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Crestron has kicked off what aims to be a long-term game until the end of 2019.

The advanced control and automation systems provider has signed a contract as the ARU’s official enterprise technology partner for the next two years.

The new partnership will encompass any ARU and Wallabies projects focusing on facilities where the central initiative is communication and collaboration.

The first project to heavily involve Crestron, and mark the partnership, will be the development of a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Moore Park, Sydney.

This new facility will act as the national headquarters and training base for the Qantas Wallabies, Buildcorp Wallaroos, Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens and junior rep teams.

ARU head of technology Kevin Stafford says the partnership will enable the union to offer state-of-the-art environments.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Crestron who are global leaders in creating state-of-the-art workplace collaboration environments. We are confident they will take the technology in our current and upcoming projects to a whole new level.

“With the support of Crestron, our new Australian Rugby Development Centre is set to greatly enhance the sustainability and success of Australian Rugby. It provides a new home for Australian Rugby in a terrific sporting precinct.”

Crestron APAC CEO Stuart Craig says the partnership marks a milestone and he looks forward to scoring big tech wins for their new facility.

“Our partnership with the Australian Rugby Union is an outstanding milestone for the Crestron Asia Pacific team [...] and are very much looking forward to kicking goals on the projects that lie ahead.

“The Australian Rugby Development Centre is set to be a truly incredible facility, and we will be working to ensure the state-of-the-art property is matched with best-of-breed, seamless and easy-to-use technology throughout.”

Kitting out the headquarters with audio, digital media, unified comms, wireless presentations and intelligent meeting room solutions will be just the beginning of the IT partnership.

Dimension Data nabs three Cisco partner awards
Cisco announced the awards, including APJ Partner of the Year, at a global awards reception during its annual partner conference.
WatchGuard’s eight (terrifying) 2019 security predictions
The next evolution of ransomware, escalating nation-state attacks, biometric hacking, Wi-Fi protocol security, and Die Hard fiction becomes reality.
Why the adoption of SAP is growing among SMEs
Small and medium scale enterprises are emerging as lucrative end users for SAP.
Exclusive: How the separation of Amazon and AWS could affect the cloud market
"Amazon Web Services is one of the rare companies that can be a market leader but remain ruthlessly innovative and agile."
HPE extends cloud-based AI tool InfoSight to servers
HPE asserts it is a big deal as the system can drive down operating costs, plug disruptive performance gaps, and free up time to allow IT staff to innovate.
Digital Realty opens new AU data centre – and announces another one
On the day that Digital Realty cut the ribbon for its new Sydney data centre, it revealed that it will soon begin developing another one.
A roadmap to AI project success
Five keys preparation tasks, and eight implementation elements to keep in mind when developing and implementing an AI service.
The future of privacy: What comes after VPNs?
"75% of VPN users said they are seeking a better solution for cloud networks."