Explosive demand for public Wi-Fi at stadiums, shopping centres and transport hubs has led to the birth of 'Smart-Fi'.
Smart-Fi is a new managed wireless local area network service, launched by telecommunications carrier Vertel.
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The service, which has been piloted at Moonee Valley Racing Club, takes a carrier grade approach to deliver WLAN services for customisable coverage and capacity, and focuses on guaranteed connectivity for mobile and fixed Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The large scale, managed wireless LAN installation at Moonee Valley included the design and implementation of Smart-Fi , managing 30,000 individual connections across a public accessible Wi-Fi network in addition to 34 access points to cover member areas, public enclosures and grandstands.
Vertel managing director, Andrew Findlay, said the demand for legacy 3G and 4G mobile networks was putting pressure on incumbent carrier's macro networks -- especially during peak event times.
"Our Smart-Fi service addresses these spikes in network demand," he said. "Internet access, smartphone and mobile device connectivity is increasingly seen as a must have service in outdoor venues, public spaces and transport hubs.
"For businesses needing to provide these services, implementing a well-designed, wireless LAN access infrastructure with high-capacity Internet and secure LAN interconnectivity is a better value proposition than relying on mobile carrier networks."
Smart-Fi is delivered over carrier grade equipment and integrated with Vertel's own national carrier ethernet (Layer 2) network. It is backed by a service level agreement and is monitored by a 24 hour service desk / network operations centre.