Wireless network coverage at championships

ADC Krone was a sponsor of the World Mountain Bike Championships held in Rotorua, New Zealand. The event was held in August this year and included more than 620 riders from 39 countries.

ADC Krone was a sponsor of the World Mountain Bike Championships held in Rotorua, New Zealand. The event was held in August this year and included more than 620 riders from 39 countries.

As part of its sponsorship, ADC Krone provided wireless network access with its WFX Wi-Fi WLAN Array solution for the media attending the event. The next generation, high capacity, sectorised enterprise Wi-Fi product packs multiple radios and an onboard gigabit ethernet switch into a single, flexible and highly resilient device.

"We needed to provide a reliable, effective and simple broadband service over a very short period of time with no room for down time. From the opening day of the event there were world championships to report on and photos to upload by the 200 accredited media. In addition, this information had to be posted to our own website which had more than 60 thousand visitors and one million page views from 100 countries during the week of the event," said Graeme Simpson, Media Director of the 2006 UCI World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships.

The WFX Wi-Fi LAN Array solution provides ample wireless capacity for bandwidth-hungry applications required by the media which covered the event. The WFX can provide up to 864 Mbps of switched throughput which is sixteen times the bandwidth of a single access point.

"We had to cope with major spike points every day. Once each championship was decided we had to receive the timing information, then the press moved into action, uploading large files including television news stories. We had to accommodate all of this on a very limited budget," said Simpson.

The WFX Wi-Fi LAN Array uses directional antennas to reach further, cover more area and support exponentially more users than current generation access points. The solution supported enough user capacity to be the primary network to a large population of users.

The system provided wireless multiple arrays that were backed up by around 70 ethernet ports. At times the demand was extremely heavy with more than 150 media using the media centre.

Article supplied by: www.adckrone.com

 

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