Ruckus secures major stadium deals to deploy high capacity Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless technology chosen by stadia and convention centres around the world thanks to its approach to developing and deploying Wi-Fi that focuses signals and reduces contention within large venues

Ruckus secures major stadium deals to deploy high capacity Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless has been selected by Rio Tinto Stadium, a 28,000-seat outdoor stadium in Salt Lake City, the Chennai Stadium, a 50,000-seat stadium in India, and more than two dozen other high-density public venues around the world to provide high-capacity Smart Wi-Fi products and technology for a variety of public access applications.

Chennai Stadium and Rio Tinto Stadium are the latest additions to a growing list of public venues such as convention centers and conference halls worldwide that are turning to reliable, high-speed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi, including:

•      Asia World Expo (Hong Kong)

•      Austria Center Vienna

•      Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX)

•      Chennai Stadium (India)

•      Cobb Galleria Centre (Atlanta)

•      DeVos Place Convention Center, and

DeVos Performance Hall (Grand Rapids, MI)

•      Earl’s Court Exhibition Hall (London)

•      Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center

•      ExCel (London)

•      Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta)

•      Imtech Arena (Hamburg, Germany)

•      Irving Convention Center (Irving, TX)

•      Kansas City Convention Center (MO)

•      Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Malaysia)

•      La Cité Nantes Event Centre (France)

•      Manchester Central (Manchester, UK)

•      Moonee Valley Racing Club (Melbourne, Australia)

•      Olympia Conference Center (London)

•      Ontario Convention Center (CA)

•      Sears Center Arena (Chicago)

•      Sydney Entertainment Center and Sydney Town Hall (Australia)

•      Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)

•      Xiamen International Convention Center (China) 

Ruckus said that the nature of high-density environments, where thousands of simultaneous users must be supported in a confined space, presents a unique set of challenges that conventional, enterprise Wi-Fi systems simply aren’t able to handle. 

The requirements for high-density environments run counter to traditional enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) deployments. Instead of optimising for broad Wi-Fi signal coverage with the fewest number of access points, Wi-Fi networks within stadiums and other high-density environments require large numbers of access points (APs) to get the needed capacity and very high spectral reuse. 

When large numbers of APs are deployed in close proximity, it creates the potential for interference.  Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology is ideally suited to this kind of environment as it enables RF energy to be focused at the user. 

This increases the signal gain, which provides for a much better user experience.  It also reduces the radio frequency (RF) energy that neighbouring APs might see, which provides for greater interference mitigation.

Ruckus provides a line of ZoneFlex 7782 3x3:3 2.4/5GHz 802.11n APs with 120º sectorized and 30º narrow beam antennas, which are especially effective in stadiums when APs are mounted high above the crowd, as the narrow beam limits the coverage area. 

By limiting the coverage area, the opportunity for interference is also limited.  Other technologies that can be essential in any high-density deployment are approaches that enable automatic channel selection. 

Ruckus ChannelFly technology enables the AP to automatically pick the optimum 2.4 or 5 GHz channel, and when circumstances change, the AP can quickly select another channel. 

The RF characteristics of a venue tend to change greatly with the presence of a crowd, and when that crowd ebbs and flows, the optimum channel selection may change.  Having all APs operating on the optimum channel can improve overall network performance.

Salt Lake City’s Rio Tinto Stadium

 Rio Tinto has 100 Ruckus APs deployed, a combination of Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-N (narrow beam) outdoor APs, which are mounted on the catwalks above seating areas, and dual-band Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 indoor APs that provide coverage in the concourses, press boxes, and business offices. 

DeVos Place convention center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

To conduct an initial trial, eGear installed 30 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962 indoor APs and one on-site Ruckus ZoneDirector 1000 controller to manage the network. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure was able to support upwards of 1,600 concurrent users and roughly 4,000 devices, consistently delivering 27 MBps uplink and 40 MBps downlink connectivity.

Kansas City Convention Center

After an extensive site survey, ETI designed a wireless network with the Ruckus ZoneFlex system to both meet the Convention Center’s current needs and satisfy their requirements well into the future. The network at K.C.C.C. includes approximately 120 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962 indoor access points—100 of which are hard-wired, and 20 that are deployed in a configuration leveraging Ruckus SmartMesh Networking.  A Ruckus ZoneDirector 3000 centralized controller provides centralized management and administration of the Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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