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A discreet Wi-Fi solution for a national treasure

01 June 2018

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Portmeirion is one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions, welcoming 250,000 visitors every year.

The village was built to show how a naturally beautiful setting could be developed without spoiling it, and is also famous as the setting for the cult 1960s’ TV programme, The Prisoner.

Portmeirion is equipped with one large network that runs both the Wi-Fi and TV system.

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Taking the Tour of Britain online

01 June 2018

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycling race. Wi-Fi access is not only vital for connecting the event with a global audience, but to also ensure seamless communications between the organiser’s staff and service vehicles.

But taking the Tour of Britain online is no easy feat, as it presents a major logistical challenge of installing eight networks in eight different cities over eight consecutive days.

Furthermore, the equipment must be weather-resistant, robust, able to be easily and quickly installed in time for each new finish line, and able to cope with the heavy internet traffic the event brings.

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Remote wildlife protection benefits from IP video

01 June 2018

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For more than a decade, Wildlife Windows has specialised in designing and installing multiple camera systems for nature reserve visitor centres and supplying monitoring equipment for conservation professionals and ecological consultants.

With customers including the National Trust, RSPB and several large private companies particularly within construction, the Dorset-based company often has to overcome significant technical challenges to install surveillance systems in hard-to-reach locations with limited power and connectivity.

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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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