Providing business-critical connectivity
With an order book exceeding $124 billion, connectivity is truly business critical at this event. The organisers needed to ensure that each of the 1,500 exhibitors were able to operate as if in their own offices, which for many of them requires not only being online, but creating dedicated secure networks.
In addition, the 70,000 plus visitors to the show needed bandwidth to check emails, share through social media and stay in touch with each other and the press office, which included over 1,000 accredited press needed to be able to live-stream video and manage uploads of high res images.
Installing site-wide internet and telecommunications infrastructure
Our event networks team has worked with the organisers for over twenty years, and has provided the connectivity infrastructure at the event since 2010, responding to ever-increasing demand for bandwidth each year. The team installs site-wide internet and telecommunications infrastructure, enabling exhibitors, press, security, ticketing and visitors to stay connected during the show. The completed network delivers VoIP telephony in addition to general internet connectivity and blanket coverage Wi-Fi in the halls for visitors.
With more than 130 miles of cable across the 1,000 acre site, 3GB of internet connectivity, hundreds of VoIP telephones and thousands of internet connections, installing, managing and supporting the network for this event is an incredibly complex job.
Parts of the install start a full 12 months out from the show, and we have invested in permanent cabling at the site to enable us to better service exhibitors needs. From 6 weeks out, we have a crew of 20 rising to 50 in the busy few weeks before the event. During the open period, the team monitor the system continuously from the control centre and use golf buggies to respond to any on-site issues quickly.
"Having a robust and reliable connectivity network is absolutely business-critical for our show and the team at DB Event Networks work tirelessly from strategy and planning to implementation to make sure the whole system runs without fault. Installing connectivity for Farnborough International Airshow is a vast and complex job " probably unmatched in scale in Europe " but working with DB Event Networks we know we are in very safe hands and would not hesitate to recommend its services." Jonathan Smith, Farnborough International Ltd