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Case Study: Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Network Overhaul Expands Wi-Fi Coverage at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

Spokane County upgrades its wireless network to provide visitors and vendors with expanded coverage and heightened wireless experiences at the Fair and Expo Center

Technology Partners

The Challenge

  • The existing “free to customer” guest Wi-Fi network at the Fairgrounds was undersized, performed poorly, and was advertising heavy.
  • The County was losing campers who were disappointed with the lack of wireless coverage in the RV Park to nearby campsites.
  • Additionally, vendors who rely on wireless devices to process bank card payments and scan event tickets were frustrated due to the poor quality and coverage of the Fairground’s enterprise wireless network.

The Solution

  • High-density Wi-Fi network based on the Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution
  • Centralized Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers with Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP)-enabled access points
  • Meraki next-generation firewall with advanced security
  • AccelTex antenna solutions
  • Switching infrastructure and cabling

The Results

  • High-bandwidth wireless coverage for Fair and Expo Center guests, and campers in the RV Park
  • Vendors can seamlessly scan tickets and process bank cards on a PCI compliant system from new areas of the Fairgrounds.
  • Dependable wireless access from virtually every corner of the Fair and Expo Center, inside and out.
  • The network is exceeding today’s requirements and positions the County for future growth.

“The best thing about the network is that it just works. Up-time has been phenomenal. Patrons are getting the wireless experiences they expect, and vendors are happy. I’m very pleased with the expertise Cerium brings to the table. Len, Brett, and Kevin went above and beyond. Coverage is great across the entire complex!”

— Pat Ferrell Assistant Information Technology Director, Spokane County

About the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

The Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, located on 97 acres in the City of Spokane Valley, offers ample parking, excellent exhibition space, multiple indoor and outdoor arenas, an RV Park, and spacious lawns. It has a wide variety of buildings and facilities well suited for diverse events and functions, from large trade shows to regional and national conventions. With almost 145,000 square feet of exhibit space and 3,000 square feet of meeting rooms, the Fair & Expo Center accommodates roughly 450,000 visitors every year.

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