Santa Clara, California ( February 27, 2004) — The Santa Clara Convention Center in partnership with Smart City has become the first Convention Center in Northern California to provide wireless “Instant Internet,” or what is also known as WiFi Hotspots. Smart City’s “Instant Internet” will support hundreds of users simultaneously using the 802.11G platform. WiFi is the common name for wireless broadband networking that allows transmission of radio signals over a wide area. A ‘WiFi Hotspot’ is a location that allows computer users to log on to the internet without plugging into phone lines.
“The Santa Clara Convention Center will be the first Bay Area facility of its kind to have a 100% wireless “‘canopy coverage,” encompassing over 200,000 square feet, with the activation of Smart City’s Instant Internet. We are very pleased to be working with Santa Clara to provide this service to the Convention Center,” said Paul Ashley, President of Smart City.
The wireless network in the Santa Clara Convention Center incorporates Virtual Local Area Network (V-LAN) capabilities. The VLAN allows for multiple uses of the wireless WiFi network simultaneously. Smart City’s Instant Internet service will allow attendees at conventions complete mobility and fast access to the internet without the tedious and cumbersome process of hooking up computers or PDA’s to phone lines.
“Instant Internet allows the Santa Clara Convention Center to be a leader in offering groups and conventions cutting edge communication technology,” explained Don Riccardi, General Manager of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Smart City, based in Las Vegas, is the largest telecommunications company service provider to the convention industry.