As stadiums and arenas retrofit to the latest electronic scoreboards, it becomes necessary to connect the scoreboard to a PC that controls it. Running cables to the scoreboard display is very expensive because of the distances that have to be covered in these large buildings.
One of the largest suppliers of electronic scoreboards approached Digi to add wireless functionality to its scoreboards. Digi’s XTend™ RF modem is connected to the serial port of the scoreboard, and a second unit is connected to a PC in the stadium control office.
In this application the XTend RF modem acts the same way as a very long serial cable would, requiring no special configuration on the part of the installer to make it work. With an operating range of up to 3000 feet in an indoor environment, the XTend has the ability to transmit data in large buildings. Scoreboard operators can connect wirelessly to the scoreboard to update data, at a fraction of the cost of running cables.
XTend RF modems offer:
- Easy out-of-the-box serial cable replacement
- Reliable indoor wireless data transmissions up to 3000 feet
- 256-bit AES encryption for data security
XTend is also available as an embedded module. Some scoreboard manufacturers and installers are standardizing on Digi technology and integrating the XTend embedded RF module into their new scoreboard designs. XTend RF modems and modules have proven to be profitable solutions for scoreboard manufacturers to integrate into their designs.