Smart City is proud to provide the Hawaii Convention Center with technology and telecommunications services to serve communities in COVID-19 efforts.
The State of Hawaii has a population of roughly 1.4 million people, the better part of a million of which reside on the island of Oahu alone. Home to the state capitol, Honolulu, Oahu, has seen the largest impact of unemployment skyrocket from roughly 1,600 claims at the end of March to over 30,000 claims by mid-April. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has implemented a satellite call/claims center at the Hawaii Convention Center. As of April 28th, there are 270 additional workstations that are active at the Convention Center, along with talks of further expansion still to come. Smart City Networks has been working every day to keep up to speed with the almost daily expansions that have been happening across the property, providing access to fiber infrastructure and liaising with the local Hawaiian Telecom to assist in their provisioning of VoIP services, which are integrated into the State’s communications system, as well as, providing over 500Mbps of internet connectivity for the DLIR workstations.
In addition, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has activated its emergency command center to assist with statewide communications and aiding stranded tourists. Smart City has partnered with HTA in this effort, providing 100% of the internet connectivity for the emergency command center.
“Hawaiian culture has existed for over 1,500 years, and it has been through unity and unity alone; an axiom which is ensuring its survival to this very day,” General Manager David Bachler.
We are encouraged by the support and community efforts of the Hawaii Convention Center team in these difficult times. While safety and recovery are the first priority, we are eager to get back to the business of providing event technology solutions to improve conventions and tradeshows.