Aruba, which is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, announced that Circa Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has selected an end-to-end Aruba ESP-based network to deliver immersive experiences to guests at the 35-story, 777-room sports-themed property, as well as to satellite locations throughout Nevada, Colorado, and other jurisdictions.
As part of the project, Circa is using a combination of Aruba’s wired, wireless and security solutions to provide the performance and bandwidth required to power its amenities. This includes the Stadium Swim, a pool deck with amphitheater-style lounging terraces facing a 143-foot video display, and a three-story Sportsbook, featuring a 78 million pixel video display divided into 42 screens with a 1,000-person viewing capacity.
In collaboration with integration partner Evotek, Circa said it had also evaluated solutions from other networking firms including Cisco, Juniper, and Ruckus.
“Delivering today’s socially driven premier entertainment experiences in Las Vegas is a 24/7 endeavor,” said Paul Ballard, CIO at Circa. “Aruba supplied the full stack of AI-enabled wired and wireless networking innovations essential for running a successful operation.”
Working with Evotek, Circa deployed a future-ready wireless network comprised of Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 indoor access points (APs), outdoor APs, hospitality APs, and mobility controllers. For wired networking, Circa implemented Aruba’s aggregation switches at the edge and CX Series switches in the data center.
Additionally, Circa is providing in-room experiences such as connected lighting and IP TVs. “Deploying Aruba’s wireless to guest rooms not only addresses user expectations, it also saved us nearly $500,000 versus installing a gigabyte passive optical network (GPON),” said Ballard.
In oder to unify and streamline wired and wireless administration, Circa adopted AirWave for network management along with ClearPass for network access control (NAC) and policy management. The company also implemented User Experience Insight (UXI) for Wi-Fi incident detection using AIOps to pinpoint issues that require immediate attention.
“In addition to supporting unparalleled guest experiences, digital employee solutions, and IoT-enabled building maintenance systems, we supply network connectivity to thousands of third-party vendors,” said John Palma, manager of Information Technology Network Engineering at Circa. “Whether it’s mobile POS in our dining areas or digital gaming systems in our casino spaces, Aruba ensures we have the ability to apply consistent policies and granular security to visualize, automate, and control who accesses our network.”
Circa’s new network also supports digital experiences in the resort’s Garage Mahal transportation hub. The facility includes purpose-built solutions for hosting ride-sharing providers and will eventually serve as the downtown terminal for the Boring Company’s Vegas Loop project seeking to outfit Las Vegas with high-speed transportation tunnels.
“With our Aruba network, we can provide Wi-Fi to our guests and to transportation providers in Garage Mahal, as well as deploy the latest in security solutions and connected elevators to help keep everyone safe in transit,” Palma said.
Moving forward, Circa said it will continue evaluating Aruba solutions that include AIOps and data-driven analytics.