Latest generation of Internet Protocol improves online capabilities at OCCC
Smart City Networks, the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the conventions industry, announced today its successful implementation of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, improving Internet access for venue visitors from around the world.
IPv6 serves as the latest generation of Internet Protocol (IP), which provides IP addresses for Internet-connected devices such as computers, tablets and wearable devices so they can communicate with other systems online. IPv6 provides expansive space for IP addresses, allowing convention center visitors with IPv6-compatible devices to access all areas of the Internet.
Smart City Networks provided IPv6 in response to space limitations under IPv4, the previous IP generation, which offers a more limited number of IP addresses for devices. IPv6, specifically designed to replace IPv4, offers significantly more space that Smart City predicts will provide IP addresses for up to several decades.
“Someday there will be large parts of the Internet people will be unable to reach with an IPv4 address, due to its space limitations,” said David Langford, vice president of technology at Smart City Networks. “Smart City has monitored this issue carefully and has taken the necessary steps to adapt. This implementation of IPv6 reflects Smart City’s commitment to providing the Orange County Convention Center with the most innovative resources available.”
The convention center offers both IPv4 and IPv6, ensuring that devices not yet compatible with IPv6 will still enjoy full Internet access.
The Orange County Convention Center serves as the first facility where Smart City has provided IPv6. Smart City has also implemented IPV6 in both the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center and Anaheim Convention Center and will be rolling this protocol out over the remainder of 2015 and 2016 where our local ISP partners have IPV6 capabilities.
“Implementing IPv6 represents Smart City’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of technology,” Langford said. “The Orange County Convention Center has served as a valuable partner during this important transition.”