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Wi-Fi in Art Deco former cinema

18 August 2017

The Troxy Theatre first opened as a grand Art Deco cinema in 1933 with a screening of King Kong.

Over the years, it’s been used for different purposes, but in 2006 it became a space for live events with a capacity for around 3,000 people. 

As a Grade II-listed site, there are tighter controls over what changes can be made to the building.

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Keeping an eye on 19th century shooting lodge

18 August 2017

Set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a sea loch, the Torridon Hotel and Inn in Scotland was originally built as a shooting lodge for the first Earl of Lovelace in 1887.

It is now a modern hotel with 18 guest rooms, multiple recreational areas, a famous whisky bar, and even has a biomass district heating scheme.

When the Torridon underwent a major refurbishment in 2015-16, senior management opted for what was at the time a well-regarded analogue CCTV system.

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Managed print masterpiece at National Gallery

18 August 2017

Founded in 1842, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square had a printing estate that had developed over time.

As such, a lot of the hardware was old which meant that devices often malfunctioned.

Their age also meant that it was a struggle to get the correct consumables.

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Paessler provides the right match for Fulham FC

16 January 2017

There’s more to Fulham FC’s stadium than staging a match every other Saturday – it also hosts events such as weddings, parties, tours and corporate functions.

Founded in 1879, the club can accommodate 25,700 fans at its Craven Cottage ground. Players train at a site eight miles away in New Malden.

It is run by 250 staff aided by IT kit over three sites comprising two data centres running VMware, EMC storage, Juniper switches and Veeam for backup and offsite replication. This is underpinned by a VPLS from Exponential-e.

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Ministry of Sound switches to a faster track

16 September 2016

Established as a nightclub in 1991, the Ministry of Sound (MoS) has since diversified into a multimedia entertainment business that includes an independent record label, worldwide events brand, a radio station, and other media outlets.

With the organisation’s employees and partners now leveraging cloud-based services for business processes, the need for improved connectivity speeds, bandwidth and security became a necessity. MoS therefore needed to move to a faster platform. At the same time, it wanted to take advantage of the latest advancements in switching technology which is where networking specialist ZyXEL came in.

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Free Wi-Fi – the ‘killer app’ for hotel guests

11 July 2014

Staff at each hotel, such the manager at The Royal Horseguards as shown here, have been trained to monitor the networks daily using Fluke’s AirCheck meters

GLH runs 36 hotels in the UK and its brands include Amba, Clermont, Guoman and Thistle. The company also claims to be the largest hotel owner-operator in London with five luxury properties such as The Royal Horseguards, Charing Cross and The Cumberland.

GLH believes that quick and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity is essential for its guests, and cites research which says this is now a decisive feature when it comes to choosing a hotel. As a result, the company has upgraded its wireless network across its hotels which now offer free, fast and unlimited Wi-Fi in all bedrooms, lobby areas and meeting rooms. It’s available to all guests and visitors and there’s no need to register to gain access.

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Film storage

10 July 2014

Unitrends claims its Recovery-943 is the industry’s first tiered storage high-density enterprise class backup appliance.

With more than two million subscribers, LoveFilm claims to be the leading online DVD rental and streaming service in the UK and Europe. Following a series of mergers, its infrastructure needed an upgrade. In 2011, the firm was bought by Amazon and the IT team then began integrating all the disparate IT solutions.

Their first step was to virtualise and this was completed in 2012. LoveFilm now has more than a hundred virtual servers, several vSQL databases, and eight physical servers. Most of the infrastructure is based in two data centres with a disaster recovery (DR) site located at a remote site. The existing backup system had evolved with a variety of solutions but had become harder to manage and more expensive.

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Boston connects Glasgow

10 July 2014

Boston Networks' cabling infrastructure will connect all the venues being used for the games including Celtic Park pictured here.

Boston Networks is the official cabling services integrator for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games that are due to open on 23 July.

The locally based firm is responsible for the design and deployment of a multi-faceted cabling infrastructure, enabling the delivery of various technology services throughout all the venues being used for the games. These include Celtic Park, the SSE Hydro, the athletes village, the organisers’ HQ based in Glasgow’s Merchant City, and others.

Boston says its aim is to create a “truly resilient” solution using best of breed technology and expert design. It’s estimated that the ongoing deployment will involve the installation of more than 3,000 outlets and over 100km of fibre and cabling which includes products supplied by Brand-Rex. Boston says the highly scalable, structured and fibre optic solution will support voice, data and video comms. The critical infrastructure will be used by event officials, athletes, press and broadcasters, as well as a range of other operational personnel for the duration of the games.

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Wireless Arrays at Ally Pally

30 January 2014

Alexandra Palace in North London has been the centre of music, sport and events for more than 130 years. Built as the ‘People’s Palace’ in 1873, the iconic venue sits in 196 acres of parkland and offers 10,873 square metres of events space.

Prior to summer 2012, Alexandra Palace had no permanent wireless network infrastructure in place with Wi-Fi only provided on a case by case installation. However, after the successful deployment of a Xirrus temporary Wi-Fi system during the 2012 Dutch Olympic team’s Holland Heineken House hospitality event, it decided to retain and extend the wireless network. The venue has now deployed 100 Xirrus Wireless Arrays across its entire event space to support high bandwidth for up to 11,000 concurrent users.

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Innovative Cisco system helps users keep fit

30 January 2014

West Sussex-based Instyle Fitness sells exercise machines which feature screens and software that allow users to choose riding programmes that take them through a variety of routes. These include legendary race circuits from around the world, as well as fantasy routes.

When Duncan Lawson took ownership of the business in 2001, he knew there would be little point in competing against the large, established players selling standard exercise equipment. His goal was to use technology to help with preventative healthcare, and wanted his business to offer something different. Lawson also understood that the fitness world needed an innovative product that would motivate and inspire people to exercise.

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