Ruckus Wireless is to provide its Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to the Sundance Film Festival for the third year in a row. The festival is expected to attract an estimated 45,000 patrons over the event’s 10-day run.
The film festival, which takes place from 17-27 January 2013 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, will feature an expanded, high-performance public Wi-Fi network enabled with the latest Smart Wi-Fi technology from Ruckus Wireless.
The Festival organizers are using the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network to support their own mobile applications, offload data traffic from the local cellular network, and to provide high-speed Internet access to a growing number of moviegoers armed with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Offered as a free service to Festival attendees, the high-speed Wi-Fi network is being made available at 15 official festival venues, including indoor and outdoor theatres in multiple cities. Many of the venues include wait list tents and ticketholder queues outside, where moviegoers will be waiting for the next showing, and can access Festival content over the Wi-Fi network while they wait.
‘Mobility is a key theme at this year’s Festival, and our Wi-Fi network will take center stage,’ said Justin Simmons, associate director of Technology Services at Sundance Institute. ‘Not only do we expect to see a sharp rise in the number of mobile devices in use, we’ll also be live-streaming many events this year for people to watch on their handhelds.
‘Deploying our own infrastructure gives us more control. That said, we really needed a carrier-class Wi-Fi system that delivers the concurrent capacity and high-speed experience that users are now demanding. Conventional Wi-Fi systems aren’t designed for power users. Ruckus has continually proven to deliver a reliable wireless experience to our visitors. And they can never seem to get enough,’ said Simmons.
The entire Wi-Fi network across all Festival venues includes 100 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), comprised of: 66 ZoneFlex 7962 and 14 ZoneFlex 7363 802.11n dual-band indoor APs; 18 ZoneFlex 7762 802.11n outdoor dual-band APs; two ZoneFlex 2741 outdoor 802.11g APs, and; two long-range ZoneFlex 7731 802.11n point-to-point bridges for backhaul.
A new ZoneDirector 3100 wireless LAN (WLAN) controller with a 100 Mbps connection provides central management at Sundance Institute’s data centre for all of the remote sites, eliminating the need to have individual, local controllers at each site.
Sundance Institute Technology Services staff will remotely manage the entire indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi network over a private IP network using the Ruckus ZoneFlex management system, housed 60 miles away from many of the access points (APs).
The Festival is utilising Park City’s fibre optic backbone and the Comcast local fibre and coaxial network to backhaul Wi-Fi traffic from each site through connections ranging from 25-100Mbps.