Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, recently introduced the TerraWave Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi Solution to solve the challenges of providing Wi-Fi coverage and capacity in open air stadiums and large venues with high ceilings where installing access points and antennas may not be practical, or even possible.
As Wi-Fi-capable devices such as smartphones and tablets become more prevalent in stadiums, network owners face unique challenges to providing sufficient coverage and capacity to support the devices and their bandwidth-hungry applications.
The first challenge occurs when concentrations of mobile device users simultaneously try to access the network. Cellular networks are insufficient for the demand and operators ease the congestion by offloading to complementary technologies, most often Wi-Fi. But traditional Wi-Fi networks are built for overall coverage, not the capacity needed by today’s Wi-Fi capable devices. To increase capacity, stadium network owners are constructing “high-density” networks. These are created by decreasing the number of users per network “access point” (AP) which allows more bandwidth per user.
“Open”, roofless stadiums, and large venues with very high ceilings, are particularly challenging to network owners because typical ceiling and pole-mounted access points must be installed too far away to reach the users seated in the lower stadium rows.
To meet these challenges, Ventev, an engineering-driven manufacturer of products and solutions for deploying Wi-Fi in large venues, developed a solution that fits safely, securely and inconspicuously under seats to substantially improve users’ Wi-Fi experiences in the difficult to reach lower rows of the stadium.
The new TerraWave Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi Solution provides connectivity to the network for several rows of surrounding users by locating the AP and antennas close to the users they serve. Small but powerful TerraWave Bantam Omnidirectional antennas are connected to an access point housed inside a compact, water-tight and tamper-proof enclosure. An innovative mount allows for installation of the Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi Solution onto a concrete or metal surface, and raises the enclosure to permit water runoff. The result is an all-in-one solution safely housed under a single seat – and a dramatically improved Wi-Fi experience for surrounding users.
“This new addition to the TerraWave line of high-density products solves stadium and other large venue coverage and capacity issues,” said Jeff Lime, Vice President of Ventev Wireless Infrastructure. “Our new Bantam antenna and our Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi Solution have been deployed in several large public venues including a major league baseball stadium and a high profile U.S. airport.”
The Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi Solution is compatible with Cisco 2600/2700/3500/3600/3700 APs. For more information, visit www.Terra-Wave.com/hdantennas
About Ventev Wireless Infrastructure
Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies Inc., designs and manufactures solutions that deploy, protect, power, and improve the performance of every type of wireless network: Wi-Fi, DAS (distributed antenna systems), cellular, mesh and two-way. The extensive line of products such as antennas, enclosures, cable, and solar-powered base stations support these networks and their applications both indoors and outdoors. Ventev Wireless Infrastructure's three product lines are: TerraWave Solutions (Wi-Fi enclosures, antennas and cable assemblies); Ventev (integrated power and outdoor enclosure solutions); and Wireless Solutions (base station infrastructure including towers, site hardware and grounding). For more information, visit www.ventev.com.
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SOURCE: Ventev Wireless Infrastructure