Neutral host in-building wireless project features 123 antennas
The 1933-Cincinnati-icon, Union Terminal partnered with Connectivity Wireless and Neutral Connect Networks to install an in-building wireless system throughout the multi-museum complex as part of the $228 million restoration project.
The neutral host, fiber-deep solution enables seamless cellular voice coverage and fast data connections for mobile device users. “By installing the system, our primary goals were to extend reliable cellular coverage throughout the six-story facility for employees and tenants and to ensure guest satisfaction,” said David Zlatic, Chief Technology Officer, Mercury Museum Services, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Museum Center. Mercury Museum Services is leading the implementation of Union Terminal’s technology infrastructure.
The Cincinnati Museum Center solution not only will enable guests to share their experiences via social media, but it will open the door to a wide range of exhibit interactivity options as “smart museum” applications and devices are developed in years to come.
“Patterns show that investing in technologies that enable mobile, digital engagement stand to meaningfully improve the visitor experience as well as business operations,” said Stephen Bye, CEO of Connectivity Wireless and Neutral Connect Networks. “Union Terminal’s action toward creating a…connected environment is a foundation that will help usher in the ‘smart building’ reality.”
“Union Terminal is a significant National Historic Landmark and one of the last great train stations built. The community recognizes the importance of this building, as both a cultural resource and an economic driver for the region as home to Cincinnati Museum Center,” said Zlatic.
Originally built as a transportation hub in 1933 to accommodate 17,000 passengers and 216 trains a day, the train station is now home to four museums and an OMNIMAX theater, including the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science and the newly opened Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center.
The multi-carrier, Corning ONE solution was installed within four months and currently supports cellular and PON, leveraging 123 RAUs and 123 antennas to provide ubiquitous wireless connectivity throughout the complex.
“Partnering with Neutral Connect and Connectivity Wireless teams has been an excellent experience. They handled all aspects of integration and provided excellent project management.” said Zlatic.
Connectivity Wireless Solutions is a provider of wireless solutions to enterprise and wireless service provider customers throughout the U.S.