Smart City Networks, the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the convention industry, announced it was awarded a new contract with the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC), which manages, markets and operates the 2.6 million square-foot San Diego Convention Center, following a competitive bid process. Having served as the venue’s technology provider since May 2000, the 10-year deal will allow Smart City to provide additional services and upgrades for the venue.
The agreement, which went into effect July 1, includes a design established for 800 new Cisco 3702 access points – an upgrade that will allow for a greater number of guests and their wireless devices to access the Internet. Other key features include an upgrade to the building’s existing telephone switch, a digital signage system and the installation of Neutral Host Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The DAS will accommodate the exponential increase in cellular network traffic seen during some of the building’s largest networking shows, such as ESRI User Conference and Comic-Con.
“Smart City has been a trusted partner of the San Diego Convention Center for the past 15 years, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership into the next decade,” said Carol Wallace, president and CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation. “These planned technology upgrades will ensure that San Diego is one of the premier meeting and convention destinations in the country.”
Under the contract, Smart City will continue to offer comprehensive telecommunications and Internet services for the venue, including high-speed Internet access, network cabling, telephone services, Wi-Fi and turnkey data networking services.
“Our commitment to providing the technology solutions necessary to take the SDCC guest experience to the next level remains our top priority,” said Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks. “We are excited to have the opportunity to add an additional DAS to our network of installations, including Washington D.C., Charlotte and most recently the Phoenix Convention Center.”
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