Recently the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation decided to completely review their communication systems for sporting/recreation facilities across NSW; some of the sites had basic Wi-Fi giving limited site coverage but in general the existing set-up didn’t cover the requirements of guests or staff.
To manage this large project there were a number of steps needing to be done for each site with the first site being Sydney Academy of Sport in Narabeen. This site was used as the template for moving forward though there were specific challenges to each that needed to be addressed:
Basic steps undertaken for the project included:
The planning and install was undertaken by Advanced Communications Riverina with Stephen Hood as the lead contact. Their brief from the client was to update the existing system to achieve full site coverage, including long range Wi-Fi networks, monitor data usage, collect data plus set up a separate corporate network separate from both the visitor and guest networks.
This was a big project with the following sites planned to be updated – and all connecting – with one of the first sites being Sydney Academy in Narrabeen:
The AltaiCare cloud management system was deployed to provide network management and differing levels of Authentication for Wi-Fi users.
|Captive Portal (and optional MAC address)
|Multiple Preset Accounts for Bandwidth and Data Allowances
|Corporate Users Via Citrix
|No Bandwidth Control
AltaiCare Data Management was set up and run as a test at the Narabeen site to finalise management requirements before being rolled out to the remaining sites.
A8n Base Station – The A8n belongs to the A8 series which is the world’s leading 802.11n Wi-Fi outdoor access point optimised for maximum coverage and highest throughput from a minimum number of installation sites. This model has 5 GHz radio upgraded to 802.11a/n/ac standards.
“The true beauty of the Altai products is their performance in the outdoor environment.”
With the client utilising the world’s leading A8n base station, they received the following benefits:
Install was undertaken and took 1 week for the first site. Sites following were each different depending on how large they were.
AltaiCare Cloud Network Management Services – The system monitors data usage/limits and the offsite management of all the access points.
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