Xirrus has deployed its Wi-Fi solution for Munich trade fair giant Messe München throughout the facility. The implementation provides Wi-Fi in all 16 exhibition halls, all entrances, the ICM Congress Centre, the Messehaus meeting rooms, both press centres and the ‘Atrium’ between Halls A and B.
Only 183 Xirrus Arrays were needed to equip the trade fair’s expansive grounds (a total of approx. 217,000 sqm: 180,000 sqm halls, 30,000 sqm atrium and 7,000 sqm ICM) with a scalable network to accommodate high densities of mobile wireless clients, while maintaining Wi-Fi flexibility.
A total of 1,188 integrated access points (APs), with a maximum of eight APs per Array, were deployed. While conventional installations require a cable run for every single access point, the only cable runs needed for this deployment were for the actual Arrays. As a result, Messe München reduced installation efforts by 650%.
Xirrus Arrays’ software configurability enables granular customisation, down to the Wi-Fi radio frequency (2.4 or 5 GHz), allowing for real-time adaptation to Messe München’s various trade shows. Radio coverage can be customised according to the layout of an individual exhibition hall and address any bottleneck issues resulting from a large group of people in one area.
The Xirrus Management System (XMS), implemented as a virtual appliance in a VMware environment in both Messe München data centres, enables administrators to monitor the network at all times and make any event-specific adaptations autonomously.
Messe München is also realising huge financial benefits from Xirrus’ software configurability - due to the significant reduction in operating expenses. Changes can be made quickly without any complicated physical handling of the access points. Alternative solutions require physically handling of all 1,188 access points to make such changes. With the Xirrus solution, the XMS management system handles the change.
For the planning, implementation and setup of the Xirrus solution at the fairgrounds, Deutsche Telekom was supported by value added distributor for network and mobile business solutions, brainworks computer technology GmbH.
“We host a wide variety of events at Messe München,” explained Stefan Schüssler, manager of IT infrastructure at Messe München. “In addition to the trade shows we organise, conventions play an important role, too. A number of organisations rent space in the ICM Congress Centre. Conventions frequently travel around the globe every year, selecting locations according to detailed criteria catalogues. They almost always pose detailed questions about the venue’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.”
“Messe München is committed to offering excellent trade fair services,” emphasised Dr. Johannes Lorenz, CIO Messe München, a strong proponent of the trade fair’s Wi-Fi revamp. “These days, services must also include robust and free Wi-Fi. Fast Internet access is simply a given, even more so in high-tech venues such as trade fairs. In this business, being able to exchange information quickly and easily often seals the deal.”
“Our partnership with Messe München is immensely valuable to us. I am certain that Xirrus will meet the extreme and varying requirements of Messe München for a long time to come,” said Shane Buckley, chief executive officer of Xirrus.
“We are ideally positioned to address the latest industry developments, such as the IEEE 802.11ac standard for high-speed Wi-Fi. Many network specialists are nervous about replacing an existing wireless infrastructure, just to do an upgrade.
“But thanks to the architecture of our Xirrus Arrays, this is no longer a problem. All Xirrus Wireless Arrays are compatible to 802.11a/b/g/n. All existing Arrays of the XR-Series are compatible to 802.11ac and to all future protocol versions,” said Buckley.