With average bandwidth consumption tripling due to travelers' reliance on mobile technology and media streaming, theWit in downtown Chicago has completed an extensive converged network refresh. Hospitality Technical Services (HTS) planned and executed the upgrade.
As part of the refresh, theWit's Internet connection was upgraded from a 45Mbps T3 Internet circuit to a 100 Mbps circuit. Access points also were improved and expanded throughout the property, replacing older 2.4 GHz AP’s that supported 54 Mbps to "dual mode" access points that now support both legacy 2.4 GHz as well as the new 5 GHz radio frequency spectrum that most mobile devices are now utilizing.
This recent upgrade is moving theWit forward by fortifying its infrastructure with a network so robust that it can meet the most aggressive bandwidth demands and handle mobile devices and various applications throughout the property, says HTS CEO Mark Holzberg.
"By installing these new dual mode access points, theWit is now providing 300 Mbps of bandwidth per access point; with one access point for every three guestrooms," said Patrick Lewis, HTS director of business development, who was also involved with the opening of theWit while at Lorica five years ago. "In 2009, 54 Mbps per access point was state of the art, but today it's simply not sufficient. HTS worked closely with theWit to initiate a network refresh in the most cost-efficient way possible, utilizing the most appropriate types of equipment offered by the industry's best-of-breed providers, including Cisco for core switching equipment and Ruckus Wireless for the WiFi infrastructure. The HTS gateway provides three tiers of quality bandwidth, accommodating all guest demands, from simple email to the fastest streaming video."