Anaheim Convention Centre Installs First-of-its-Kind High Density WiFi Network

Friday, January 16, 2015.

The Anaheim Convention Centre (ACC) and Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) have announced a $2.5million investment by Smart City Networks into the Convention Centre's WiFi network system capability, making it one of the most technically advanced convention centres in the US.

As one of the first convention centres to offer free wireless in all areas of the facility, the ACC is working with Smart City to install this new Cisco-based high density network, which will allow for faster, more streamlined wireless service, accommodating the increasing number of mobile users and devices.

The Cisco High Density Network, currently being installed in the convention centre, will consist of nearly 700 access points throughout the facility – a configuration used strictly for stadiums up until now. The first-of-its-kind system increases the amount of coverage and bandwidth available to ACC meeting and event attendees. The configuration, designed by Smart City, will also include Cisco's Mobility Service Engine (MSE) and Cisco's Prime Infrastructure.

"Installing this new, fully redundant, high density WiFi network positions the ACC as a national leader in wireless connectivity," said Tom Morton, Executive Director, City of Anaheim, Convention, Sports and Entertainment. "This will enable event planners, exhibitors and attendees to fully engage the largest of mega bandwidth needs."

The projected upgrades will also position the ACC as the first convention centre on the US west coast with 10 gigabit internet connectivity. Some additional upgrades will include redundancy of core equipment throughout the network, Cisco Mobility Service Engine (MSE) and Cisco Prime Infrastructure and dual UPS systems to backup core switch and power and back-up system redundancy (including UPS systems in every IDF).

"We are thrilled to extend our existing 25-plus year partnership with the City of Anaheim at the Convention Center," added Mark Haley, President of Smart City Networks. "The network in Anaheim will be second-to-none along with the features and services we provide with it."

Smart City has already begun work on installing the Cisco High Density Network system with a projected completion date of fall 2015.