When you have a 19,000-seat arena that is home to one of the nation’s leading basketball teams, and plays host to world-class entertainers, and even plays host to the largest gathering of democrats in the United States, you’re going to want to make sure that your Wi-Fi works, and that it works well.
The Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina needed to update its existing Aruba infrastructure with a network of more dependable APs with extended coverage.
When Ruckus was presented with the opportunity to design a Wi-Fi infrastructure at the TWC arena, the greatest challenge came in addressing the enormous capacity requirements in the main seating areas of the arena.
The usual approach to supporting high-density environments is to deploy a large number of APs, but that can be counter productive. High-density deployments are all about interference management, and a key design criteria is to mount the APs — to the greatest extent possible — in an area where RF energy can only propagate in the intended direction. BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology has proven to be of great value when coupled with proper site selection.
The road ahead for the TWC arena includes looking at compelling applications that can be enabled over broadband infrastructure — including options to advertise special services to fans, information on where to buy various food items/merchandise, or even buy tickets to future events — all things which can be handled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet device.