Largest Capacity Wireless Install Ever in a Convention Center
Smart City Networks recently began the installation of one of the largest wireless networks ever deployed in a convention center in North America this month at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), in Orlando, FL.
“These technology updates focus on enhancing the experience of our attendees,” stated Jessie Allen, the Interim Executive Director at the OCCC. “With all of the other campus improvements that we have made over the past year, Smart City’s massive network upgrade will keep us ahead of our competition for years to come.”
Over 3,100 of the latest generation of Cisco access points will be installed, all having 802.11AC Wave 2 capability, meaning increased speeds for more users. Device capacity will increase by 50,000 to allow up to 64,000 concurrent devices online. With the support of its sister company, Smart City Telecom based in Orlando, the upgraded bandwidth capabilities will far exceed industry standards with a fully redundant network backbone operating at 20Gigabits as well as 40Gigabits of fully redundant internet connections.
“To say we’re excited, is a huge understatement!” said Mark Haley, President of Smart City Networks. “The capabilities of this new network will keep the Orange County Convention Center ahead of the game as event planners’ technology needs continue to grow.”
With more than 1 million linear feet of Category 6 cable needing to be installed the project will take a crew of 26 technicians working full-time for a year. There will be scheduling logistics around the OCCC’s jam-packed show calendar, so the installers will be working plenty of nights. This is not unusual for Smart City since they have done twenty major network upgrades, of both Wi-Fi and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), over the last four years including a new network at the Hawai’i Convention Center completed in just 27 days.