"Networks like ours have to serve a wide variety of 'customers,' from exhibitors to attendees, contractors and our own staff, all of whom expect and require flawless reliability and the highest possible performance," said
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The use of mobile devices at the show has grown quickly in recent years, with 7,000 peak simultaneous connections in 2013 and more than 13,000 in 2014. The growth is driven by BYOD and by the structure of the sessions, which are increasingly interactive. Attendees are encouraged to use their laptops, tablets and smart phones to engage speakers and use the applications they are presenting. During ISTE 2014, attendees regularly pushed the limits of the GWCC's gigabit Internet connection.
The GWCC spans more than 90 acres (3.9 million square feet) of floor space on multiple levels with three adjacent buildings containing twelve exhibit halls, 105 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Other amenities include a FedEx Kinko's office, Starbucks coffee shops, a gift shop, a food court and a stand-alone restaurant. More than one million guests attend functions at the GWCC annually, with as many as 125,000 in attendance at some events. GWCC technical partner CCLD Networks, working with the ISTE conference network team, Gather Networks, selected, designed, deployed and managed the network.
"There are lots of Wi-Fi solutions available today, but none of them ensure pervasive coverage, high device-density handling capabilities and seamless roaming the way Meru does," said
Exhibition and convention centers -- with wide open spaces, interference from exhibitors' Wi-Fi networks and a constantly changing environment -- present numerous challenges to providing high-performance Wi-Fi coverage. Unique single-channel and channel-layering options within the Meru MobileFLEX architecture not only simplify adding capacity, but can deliver up to three times the capacity when compared to other Wi-Fi solutions, helping ensure attendee and exhibitor satisfaction.
GWCC uses Meru E(z)RF® Network Manager to provide visibility and control of the network. E(z)RF is a centralized network management software application for Meru wireless LANs. It provides network-wide monitoring, end-to-end visibility and powerful control of wireless deployments. Its intuitive, web-based interface delivers superior ease-of-use and offers instant access to real-time and historical performance metrics on each managed controller, access point and client. E(z)RF can be deployed on a Meru Services Appliance or hosted on a VMware-based virtual appliance.
"Event exhibitors and attendees today depend on the wireless network to help ensure that their experiences are productive and that their time and money are well spent," said
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