"For the visitors that use our WiFi network, these upgrades will be like moving from a one lane highway to a three lane super-speedway," Claude Molinari
Cobo Center's WiFi upgrade gives the facility "as much digital horsepower as any muscle car that has rolled off of a Motor City assembly line."
Yes, the full facility FREE WiFi in Cobo Center just jumped the curve with an
upgraded Nortel core switch that distributes the WiFi signal and along with several new Nortel edge switches located throughout the center. System improvements also include upgrading WiFi access points to 802.11ac Aruba APs and increasing the number of APs to 400 throughout the facility. The network location of APs and configuration will be remapped based on events' anticipated high use of WiFi in specific areas. This pre-planning creates design cost-effective networks that support uninterrupted digital services while minimizing cross-channel interference that can result from excessive and disorganized access points. The organic design smooths out the user's experience and gives them "more on ramps" to the network.
To create a more flexible WiFi network, the ClearPass Access Management System was installed to create an integrated platform, allow coherence of private networks and create a WiFi splash page for the facility-wide "CoboFree" WiFi network, that will require users to click through a splash page designed to highlight sponsors or include advertisers, thus generating event revenue.
"We will be launching our WiFi splash page feature at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to allow the show to display their branding to more than 800,000 attendees when they use the Cobo Free WiFi throughout the facility," said Molinari. "We expect this to be a huge asset to events wishing to extend their brand and their sponsor brands to every attendee."
Along with upgrades to the full facility fiber infrastructure, Cobo Center contracted Rocket Fiber, Detroit's newest bandwidth provider that just recently completed its downtown Detroit fiber network with a hub on Cobo Center property, to upgrade Internet bandwidth to10G.