Saint Charles (Mo.) Convention Center Debuts Wireless Technology Upgrade
The Global Spectrum- managed Saint Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo., recently upgrading the building’s wireless technology to offer as much coverage as possible to events in the facility
The state-of-the-art system is designed to accommodate large events that require numerous, simultaneous users on a variety of mobile and wireless platforms, according to center officials.
The Cooperating School Districts Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) event in February put the new system to the test.
The system accommodated more than 2,500 devices during the three-day event, and at one point, successfully handled 1771 simultaneous wireless connections on the network without an interruption, which was a record for the venue.
“The most important factor for our technology conference is internet connectivity,” said Karen Vaughan, conference and special event planner for Cooperating School Districts.
She added, “Because of the needs of the show attendees, it’s generally the deciding factor on where we host our event each year. We were extremely pleased with the new system at the Saint Charles Convention Center and we look forward to our event returning in 2014.”
The Saint Charles Convention Center debuted in April of 2005 and has hosted more than 3,300 events since opening. Named “Best Place to Hold a Meeting” by local businesses, the facility has a 16,200 square foot Grand Ballroom and 27,600 sq. ft. of Exhibit Hall space expandable to 35,700 sq. ft. through the adjacent Junior Ballroom.
“The most important thing for us is to exceed our customer’s expectations,” said Shura Garnett, general manager for the Saint Charles CC.
She added, “We knew we had to keep pace with technology trends as clients are incorporating it more into their events. Our new Xirrus Wireless network and its successful rollout in February proved our technology capabilities and removed any doubts about our ability to handle the most demanding wireless needs of any client or event.”