Galtronics powering Wi-Fi at NHL All-Star Weekend

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One of Ottawa’s newest prospects will be in attendance this year at hockey’s all-star annual showcase – working its magic in the stands rather than on the ice.

Galtronics, an antenna developer with almost 40 years in the business, will be powering the in-stadium Wi-Fi at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida during the NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 27-28. The annual showcase of hockey’s biggest stars features a skills competition and a series of games between the four divisions’ best players and fan favourites.

With plays virtually guaranteed to make the highlight reel, Galtronics’ parent company Baylin Technologies notes that uploading video is a top-shelf priority. The company said in a release that its 30 degree by 30 degree antennae provide better defined coverage in stadium seating areas.

“Fan expectations have changed dramatically with regards to connectivity and Wi-Fi in arenas and stadiums. Fans now demand seamless connectivity at sporting events and concerts,” said Baylin President and CEO Randy Dewey in a statement.

Galtronics set up shop in Kanata towards the end of 2017. Minya Gavrilovic, who’s leading the Ottawa expansion team, says the firm chose the capital for its Canadian expansion because of the level of telecom talent in the city – “We’re really focused on hiring A-players,” he told Techopia.

The firm launched its R&D centre with 15 people and plans to double that headcount in short order.