San Jose Convention Center Offers Free Wickedly Fast WI-FI
Team San Jose and City of San Jose officials announced today the launch of free Wi-Fi throughout the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, extending the City’s popular Wickedly Fast Free Wi-Fi already offered at the Mineta San Jose International Airport and within downtown San Jose—delivering reliable, fast, free Wi-Fi connectivity to millions of data-starved business travelers and conference attendees coming to the Capital of Silicon Valley.
“Convention center visitors, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, have come to expect access to the best technology experience possible,” said Karolyn Kirchgesler, chief executive officer for Team San Jose. “With new technology infrastructure created by leading Silicon Valley technology companies, we are offering a world class technology experience. Convention attendees can stream video, stay connected and keep up to date on all of their devices and do so for free.”
“Our innovative public/partnership with the City of San Jose, Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE Technologies is ensuring our destination stays competitive and ahead of other destinations as a result of today’s constantly evolving technology,” said Kirchgesler. “We’re changing this model by offering free and fast Wi-Fi service that leverages city assets and partnerships and it’s exciting to be the first to do so.”
The San Jose Convention Center is raising the bar on the model for providing high-speed wireless access and making it available throughout the convention center for free. The new in-house service approach offers significantly more bandwidth and more affordable solutions than competitors. Team San Jose estimates saving clients up to 10% in technology services. The industry leading wireless technology is designed to support multiple devices per attendee, allowing thousands of attendees the ability to stream uninterrupted.
With a $1.5 million technology investment, as of July 1, 2014, San Jose’s convention center will be offering a tailored, seamless, in-house approach to IT services. The technology package will include a ‘white glove service’ geared toward small, medium or large sized groups who need wired and custom wireless solutions, and a ‘bring your own geek service’ for groups with their own technical staff who need to build a private network and extend their network to the convention center. These technology options are available to fit the needs of different types of meetings, increase flexibility and reduce costs to meeting planners.
“The San Jose Convention Center welcomes over a million visitors annually and now as a result of the partnership between the City of San Jose, Team San Jose, Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE Technologies, all visitors to the convention center can experience some of the best technology you’d expect from the tech capital of the world,” said Vijay Sammeta, chief information officer for the City of San Jose. “We expect the convention center to be more competitive and drive more business as a result of offering what we believe is truly the best customer experience.”
“The City of San Jose remains a harbinger of how smarter Wi-Fi is being used to deliver smarter services using what we believe is the most advanced Wi-Fi technology on the planet,” said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer of Ruckus Wireless. “With San Jose and SmartWAVE, we’ve now put into place what is a best-in-class wireless infrastructure that delivers a best-in-class user experience, and one that can now meet the high density demands of the city’s convention center traffic.”
“Nowhere else in the nation are visitors able to get off a plane, drive four miles to downtown restaurants and hotels, and walk into the convention center all while being connected to the most reliable, fastest and free Wi-Fi available,” said Al Brown, chief executive officer of SmartWAVE Technologies.
The New San Jose Convention Center
The San Jose McEnery Convention Center recently debuted its $130-million makeover and introduced an additional 169,000 square feet of flexible ballroom and meeting space – bringing the new grand total to 550,000 square feet of flexible space.
With a state-of-the-art Technology infrastructure to back it up, the “new” Convention Center showcases Silicon Valley’s innovative spirit with a creative design and modern look that includes a revamped lobby where convention attendees can plug in and network between sessions, new networking lounges, more breakout rooms; additional flexible meeting spaces with a modern high-tech feel, and a new open plaza entrance facing Downtown San Jose that’s ideal for networking and outdoor event hosting.
Team San Jose (TSJ)
Team San Jose, Inc. is an economic development organization and San Jose’s official Convention and Visitors Bureau, unifying the destination, hotels and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience. San Jose offers all you would expect from a big city destination with small town charm and serves as the gateway to Northern California attractions. Our company provides full management services for seven venues on behalf of the City of San Jose including the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Parkside Hall and South Hall and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, and City National Civic. For more information about San Jose, visit www.sanjose.org.
About the City of San José
Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million people. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov.
ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 36,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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ABOUT SmartWAVE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
Headquartered in Atlanta, with project locations throughout the United States, SmartWave Technologies is a leading “wireless” centric systems integrator that provides the planning, design, and integration of wireless networks, along with the unique applications these networks support. With an operating legacy of over 12 years, the company’s history is rich with experience in delivering award-winning wireless networks and applications. They work in close collaboration with their clients to deliver the strategic insight, proven experience, and practical knowledge necessary to transform businesses through wireless. Whether their clients require the expertise to deploy the network and applications throughout an enterprise, a campus, a city, or even a small country, SmartWave’s resources have the experience, capabilities and passion for delivery. For more information, visit www.smartwave.us. Catch the Wave