10-year extension to include fiber optic cable installation and technology upgrades
Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks, the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the conventions industry, announced today that the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium (ICCLOS) in Indianapolis has extended its partnership with the company for an additional 10 years. The new contract will allow Smart City to provide additional services and upgrades for the venues. Smart City has served as the organization’s technology provider since Jan. 1, 2007.
“Smart City has maintained a strong partnership with the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, and we look forward to building upon this history by providing innovative technology upgrades throughout the facilities,” Haley said.
Under the new contract, Smart City will continue to offer a full suite of services at the facilities, including high-speed Internet access, network cabling, high density WiFi and turnkey data networking services.
The contract includes the installation of 288 strands of single-mode fiber optic cable between the convention center and the stadium. It will also allow for an upgrade of the facilities’ core network, the central piece of a telecommunications network that provides service to customers. Smart City will also provide Cisco Wireless LAN Controller upgrades and a Cisco Mobility Services Engine. This upgrade will allow for a greater number of guests and their wireless devices to access the Internet at ever-increasing speeds and for the implementation of location based services. The company will also develop a mobile app utilizing this upgraded technology.
Barney Levengood, Executive Director of the ICCLOS said, “We are excited about the opportunities presented by Smart City’s investment in our facilities. The long term agreement (10 years) allows us to provide stability and a chance to make plans to serve our customers over the long haul.”
One of the largest convention centers in the U.S., the Indiana Convention Center recently underwent a $275 million expansion, allowing it to host some of the largest events in the nation. Lucas Oil Stadium serves as a multi-purpose facility seating more than 67,000 and hosts a wide range of large-scale events, including NFL football and NCAA basketball events, concerts, national convention shows, international and national band competitions and more.