Wimbledon to add WiFi and PocketPC’s

For this year’s championships 100 client laptops and desktops and 60 PDAs will be connected. They are deployed in the players’ lounge, the press centre, and at access points around the ground.

IBM will operate the Wimbledon website, using its Tivoli ThinkDynamic Orchestrator on-demand software to allocate computing power from servers, mostly xSeries, around the world, as site traffic fluctuates.

New in 2004 is a secure Wi-Fi local area network covering all of Wimbledon. IBM will also pilot streaming live action to wireless devices for the first time, while a ‘Pocket Wimbledon’ version of the website display is optimised for PDA display over GPRS.

The following operators will be offering Official Wimbledon Championships mobile services for the 2004 Championships. In the UK, 3 and 02 will be offering video mobile coverage that includes up-to-the-minute highlights, archive, news and player interviews O2, ESPN Wireless will be providers.

Now you can follow Wimbledon using your internet enabled PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) using IBM’s mobile on-demand solution. Follow play by viewing the latest scores, match results, order of play, and player biographies.