Huawei and GAA agree new partnership deal

Huawei is to boost technology infrastructure at Croke Park in Dublin through a new three-year innovation partnership with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Huawei will work with the GAA with the target of transforming 82,000-capacity Croke Park into one of the most technologically advanced smart stadiums in Europe.

Huawei will provide technical expertise to develop capability in terms of real-time data usage, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, to enhance the experience of fans and patrons of the stadium, which hosts major GAA games and concerts.

Earlier this year, Huawei announced it would invest €70m in research and development in Ireland over the next three years.

Peter McKenna, commercial director of the GAA, said: “Technology plays an increasingly important role in society, facilities management and of course sport, so we are pleased to partner Huawei to support the development of the Croke Park experience for all its various activities.

“The national stadium for Gaelic Games and a prime visitor attraction, Croke Park prides itself on being one of the leading stadiums in Europe and this partnership will enhance our visitor experience.”

The GAA promotes Gaelic games such as Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders and works with sister organisations to promote Ladies Football and Camogie. The Association also promotes Irish music, song and dance and the Irish language as an integral part of its objectives. 

Huawei employs more than 100 researchers and engineers across its Ireland offices in Cork, Athlone and Dublin.

Jijay Shen, chief executive of Huawei Ireland, said: “Huawei continues to invest in Ireland’s technology ecosystem and we are always looking to strengthen our relationship with our local customers and partners.

“Our innovation partnership with the GAA offers the potential to make Croke Park, the home of Gaelic Games, the most technologically advanced stadium in Europe. We are delighted to begin this partnership with the GAA and look forward to the Croke Park development over the coming years.”

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