The Challenge

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) had outgrown its legacy hardware controller-based WLAN. With the need to support 802.11ac data rates, greater density of devices and the increasing demand for Wi-Fi access, the EICC required a highly scalable, reliable 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi solution which could support its high profile events and its commitment to sustainability.

The Westcom Solution

The EICC deployed ADTRAN’s Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN (vWLAN) solution with Bluesocket BSAP-3040 802.11ac Wave 2 access points. vWLAN’s optional high availability software was also deployed to create a fault tolerant Wi-Fi environment to keep delegates connected.

Steve Webber

Director

Conclusion

ADTRAN’s Bluesocket vWLAN solution enabled the EICC to easily move to a 802.11ac WLAN solution based on vWLAN’s software control instance – thereby avoiding the traditional costs and constraints related to WLAN hardware controllers.

The EICC benefits from greater scalability, a reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), increased capacity and integrated guest access services to support its various events. vWLAN in a high availability configuration provided the EICC with seamless failover and zero packetloss – ensuring user connectivity and satisfaction. vWLAN can effortlessly support in excess of 4,000 concurrent users while also supporting EICC’s sustainability strategy.

With wireless security a constant concern, vWLAN leads the way with a secure 802.11ac solution that takes advantage of intelligent access points to enforce security policies at the edge. A full stateful firewall is configured and managed centrally but the policy is enforced at the access point to ensure that any unwanted traffic never enters the network.

As the EICC grows, so will ADTRAN’s Bluesocket vWLAN solution – ensuring client connectivity as part of the EICC’s “wow” factor.

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