Smart City Networks Finishes Fiber Optic Project in San Diego

Last month Smart City Networks, the nation’s leading provider of technology services for the convention industry, completed an enhance fiber optics project at the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) that now gives clients the opportunity for more bandwidth.


“We are the premier gathering place for life-changing events,” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC). “The continuous innovation and increased connectivity from Smart City allows us to provide a high quality of service for our customers’ technology needs. We are proud to be able to adapt to each event and create platforms for our customers’ life-changing moments.”


As part of their contract with the SDCCC, Smart City designed, procured, and managed the entire project. The upgrade will allow Smart City to pass more bandwidth to exhibitors. Smart City financed the project with its allotted technology fund, which enables them to upgrade equipment and keep up with technology throughout the life of a contract. In this upgrade, category 6 cable and fiber optic cable were added to 234 floor boxes in Halls A, B, and C. This will allow for the installation of high-speed internet connections to exhibitor booths without dropping cables from the catwalks above, preserving the aesthetics for the event producer.


“Smart City’s goal is to provide peace of mind to our clients at the San Diego Convention Center,” expressed Mark Haley, President of Smart City Networks. “While wireless connectivity is always top of mind, other events need robust wired connections for their exhibitor’s high bandwidth needs to stream video. The fiber optics upgrade, while not as “sexy” as a Wi-Fi upgrade, meets the specific needs of high bandwidth events and enables quality events to meet more cost effectively in San Diego.”