ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart City Networks, the nation's leading provider of technology services for the convention industry, 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, Florida.
"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 20 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.
About Orange County Convention Center: The award-winning Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in the United States. Each year the OCCC attracts more than 230 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.4 billion to the area's economy each year. For more information about the OCCC visit www.occc.net
About Smart City Networks: Founded over 30 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation's largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry and the 19th largest employer in central Florida. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video, and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Since 1987, Smart City has participated in 32 convention center expansions and upgrades. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 39 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, call 702-943-6000 or visit www.smartcitynetworks.com.
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