Strix Systems Deploys Broadband Wireless Mesh Networking for 70,000 Seats in America’s Center

Strix Systems announced that the
America’s Center convention complex of
St. Louis,
Missouri, one
of the largest in the

has installed Strix Systems’ wireless mesh network solutions to provide
high-speed voice, video, and data access throughout the complex. Strix’s
Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) is deployed in the Edward Jones Dome,
which holds 70,000 people and is the home of the St. Louis Rams football team.

Strix’s Indoor Wireless System (IWS) is deployed in the
complex’s full-service convention center, which hosts over 200,000 attendees
annually and boasts over 500,000 contiguous square feet of exhibit space in six
halls, 83 executive meeting rooms, three-level state-of-the-art theater, 28,000
sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and public access ways.

Known for its hosting the largest indoor gathering ever
held in the United States – the 1999 Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II, the
America’s Center annually hosts professional and college football and
basketball, elaborate trade shows, major conventions, religious convocations,
exhibitions and touring entertainment acts as varied as rock concerts,
motocross races and monster truck rallies, The center selected Strix because it
wanted a network that it can adjust and expand or contract as needed, depending
on the event.

“In this age of innovation, we needed to offer a
wireless mesh network to stay competitive,” said Jack Canavera,
communications manager of

Center. “The center is growing rapidly, and because the Strix mesh network
is easily flexible, scalable and high performance, it helps us handle that
growth by allowing us to easily add nodes when and where we need them.”


Center installed Strix OWS high in the Edward Jones Dome–which can be
transformed into an exhibition space, a concert venue, or a stadium for
professional and college sports teams–because it is powerful enough to blanket
the entire dome. As a result, during a sports event, for example, members of
the press and other team personnel can use the network to communicate while
they are on the field. In response to requests by photographers, the center
will be installing a Strix access point in a room just off the field where they
can wirelessly transmit photos to their publications instantly.

Attendees at the

America’s Center’s Executive
Conference facility can take advantage of Strix ultra high performance via a
high density pico-cell configuration. Strix networks are automatically secure
node-to-node and easy to expand, enabling

America’s Center to quickly install
additional Strix nodes in the dome if sports teams or other organizations
require more access points.

In the convention center portion of the complex,

Center mounted an IWS network in major public walkways and in halls to provide
wireless access to the public and convention attendees. Network access is free
in walkways, and on a case-by-case basis access is available for a fee to
organizations using exhibit halls and meeting rooms. The Strix network is far
more flexible, reliable, and cost-effective than the convention’ center’s
previous wired Ethernet network. As a result, it is faster, easier, and less
expensive for the

Center IT staff to put up and take down nodes as needed to meet exhibitors’

“This application at

America’s Center is one of the
great examples of the versatility, economics and high performance of our
product line,” said Jim Mooreland, vice president of worldwide sales at
Strix. “Our Access/One OWS, IWS and EWS wireless access products are
perfect for environments like this where the area the network has to cover, and
the number of people that need to access it, can change dramatically almost day
by day.”

To make it easy for people exhibiting and attending events
to access the Strix wireless network, America’s Center will rent out Strix’
Edge Wireless System (EWS 100), a high-speed CPE that plugs into
wireless-enabled laptops, VoIP phones, or other devices.


Center is also looking at other applications for its Strix network like video
surveillance. Due to the high performance of Strix nodes, IP surveillance
cameras can easily share the available bandwidth on a secured VLAN while the
network also acts as the wireless backbone to groups including the press, sound
engineers, food services, and HVAC contractors that currently use their own
wireless devices in the center. These devices can cause frequency interference
that affects the performance of other devices; putting the devices on the Strix
network would eliminate this problem.