Smart City Networks completes optical network upgrade at San Diego Convention Centre

Created October 15, 2019
Applications and Research

Smart City Networks, a leading US-based provider of technology services dedicated to the convention and exhibition sector, has completed what it calls “an enhanced fibre optics project”, installed at the San Diego Convention Centre (SDCC). The upgraded network now gives clients – operators, exhibitors and attendees – the opportunity to have greater bandwidth while working on site.

One notable annual event at the San Diego Convention Centre is the Optical Networking and Communication Conference and associated exhibition, (“OFC”), which next takes place between 8 – 12 March 2020.

Smart City Networks is the US’s largest provider of event telecoms and network technology for the convention industry. It provides optical and wireless internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions; designing, installing and maintaining data, voice, and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video, and data network engineering.

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Centre Corporation (SDCCC), commented, “The innovation and increased connectivity from Smart City is allowing us to provide a high quality of service for our customers’ technology needs.”

Specifically in this latest upgrade, category 6 cable and fibre optic cable were added to 234 floor boxes in the SDCC halls. This will allow for the installation of high-speed internet connections to exhibitor booths without needing to drop cables from the catwalks above.

As part of its contract with the SDCCC, Smart City designed, procured, and managed the entire newly-completed project. Smart City financed the project with its allotted technology fund, which enables them to upgrade equipment and services throughout the life of the contract.

Mark Haley, President of Smart City Networks, said, “While wireless connectivity is always top of mind, other events need robust wired connections for their exhibitor’s high bandwidth needs to stream video. The floor box upgrade, while not as sexy as a Wi-Fi upgrade, meets the specific needs of these high bandwidth events and keeps quality events coming to San Diego.”

San Diego Convention Centre is the region’s premier gathering place, hosting conventions, trade shows and community events that economically benefit the City of San Diego and advances our convention and tourism industry.

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This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.