In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp. (NYCCOC), announced the launch of free wireless service for all customers and visitors at the Javits Center, the United States’ busiest convention center, which hosts 2 million visitors per year in its 2.1 million-square-foot building.
The wireless service is part of the state-of-the-art technology system that provides the facility with one of the most advanced convention center systems nationwide. It is the result of a top-to-bottom renovation project. Several significant updates to the building ensure reliable connectivity, provide visitors with easier Internet access and offer greater flexibility for customers.
Prior to the overhaul, there were severe connectivity issues, including outdated circuits, limited wireless signals and service gaps. The new system features the following:
• Enhanced infrastructure with 85 percent of the data cabling upgraded to Category 6 Ethernet standards
• More than 700 wireless access points, providing reliable connectivity for up to 70,000 users at one time in the convention center
• A consolidated data center and a tracking system to monitor on-site service requests
• Installation of backup uninterruptible power supply units, which will keep the equipment powered in the event of a short-term power failure
• Installation of a distributed antenna system with the country’s major wireless carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, which enables reliable cell phone signals throughout the facility
• Comprehensive on-site redundancy in the critical core and edge networking equipment design to reduce the potential for service interruption
“We understand the importance of wireless access, and we are happy to provide free service throughout the facility to accommodate visitors who want to send email or search the Internet,” Steel said in a press release. “For any convention center to succeed today, it must have superior technology to accommodate the countless wireless transactions of data and dollars during an event, and our advanced infrastructure can do just that.”
The work was performed by the Javits Center’s own electricians and telephone technicians, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 3.