GWCC deploys Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support large events

Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) has deployed Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support mobile devices used at large events.

Meru Network supported Wi-Fi access at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) show, held at the GWCC June 27 through July 1, 2014, which saw 13,000 simultaneous connections at peak times, with 1,200 in a single room.

Mark Zimmerman, general manager of the GWCC, said: “Meru 802.11ac helps us ensure that we can handle a practically unlimited number of devices running the highest bandwidth applications, including video and voice, on a consistent basis.”

Meru Networks is supporting the use of mobile devices at ISTE Conference and Expo that has increased from 7,000 simultaneous connections in 2013 and 13,000 in 2014. The growth is driven by BYOD and by the structure of the sessions, which are increasingly interactive.

Srinath Sarang, co-founder, vice president and general manager of Meru’s hospitality business unit, said: “Providing flawless connectivity is a baseline requirement for large public venues that see increasing densities of devices and users every day. We believe no one does that better than Meru.”

During ISTE 2014, attendees pushed the limits of the GWCC’s gigabit Internet connection thanks to usage of their laptops, tablets and smart phones.

More than one million guests attend functions at the GWCC annually, with as many as 125,000 in attendance at some events.

Jim Jenkins, finance director for CCLD Networks, GWCC technical partner, said: “Large public venues like the GWCC present a wide variety of challenges that can break connectivity between access points. Meru Virtual Cell technology helps us make sure that all of the users on the property have seamless roaming and high performance, no matter where they are.”

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