• Smart City Networks Surpasses Industry Record

     
    POSTED December 13, 2016
     

Smart City Networks, an event telecommunications and technology services provider for the convention industry, recently finished a total overhaul of the Hawai’i Convention Center’s data and wireless capabilities in just 27 days—an industry record.

“This project under normal circumstances would have required three to four months to plan, purchase and receive components, contract construction, install equipment, configure, test and deploy,” says Mark Haley, president, Smart City Networks. “Our team worked tirelessly to meet this record deadline and this serves as an example that our organization is ready and able to meet our partners’ needs.”

The organization finished the project at the Honolulu-based convention center just four weeks after being hired; the work featured the design and installation of 100 new access points with antennas; 29,000 feet of Category 6 networking cable; and 11 sets of patch panels, connectors, and other hardware and supporting components.

“Smart City has been a tremendous partner, and the Hawai‘i Convention Center is proud to be working with such a fine organization,” says Jennifer Nakayama, director of operations, Hawai’i Convention Center. “Their emphasis on elevating service levels to our event clients and building staff shows their commitment to being proactive, as well as their alignment with the Hawai‘i Convention Center goals of putting the customer first.”

Smart City ordered and was responsible for the delivery of 100 access points for the network, which was designed by the company’s wireless engineering team. The organization’s facilities on the mainland collected Core Network Equipment and 20 Edge Switches and shipped it to the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas, where network engineers designed and shipped the components to Oahu. Four lifts were rented and delivered to the convention center for to install the network. A team comprised of five technicians and one foreman led the physical installation of the Access Points and Category 6 cabling—in under two weeks.

“We took great measures to not only commission this equipment and get it operational in a fraction of the time most other companies would require, but also to set up network addresses and services to the convention center’s permanent tenants early in the process,” says David Langford, vice president of technology, Smart City. “Our goal is always to help the in-house venue partners keep their businesses operational and minimize any downtime as we upgrade their systems. Additionally, Smart City expanded the IPv4 capabilities by adding IPv6 capabilities as well.”

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Named after Wilson Peak—one of the most prominent peaks overlooking Big Sky—this hotel has 129 rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, a shuttle service to nearby ski lifts, on-site bike rentals, and 3,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 190 people.  

 

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The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

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