Selected Client Showcase
Madigan Army Hospital
Project Summary: Provide suitability audit for use of mobile Wi-Fi patient monitoring systems for one of the world’s leading patient monitoring equipment companies.
Scope: RF and network audit of approximately 140,000 square feet of patient care space to ensure pervasive connectivity and roaming of Wi-Fi patient monitoring systems.
Challenges: The balance between highly resilient Wi-Fi connections and roaming requires a delicate balance of configuration settings. Verifying high probability performance within existing OEM equipment and configurations in a major hospital during daytime operating hours requires advance scenario scripting and effective coordination of key IT and healthcare personnel. Capturing necessary readings without disrupting operations on a single pass required an optimal blend of speed and care.
Interesting Aspect:NRA Wireless was able to not only verify the radiating environment at a major hospital, it was also able to suggest product improvements for the patient monitoring system as it pertains to the transmission and reception of Wi-Fi signals. We believe this will further enhance one of the most complex Wi-Fi platforms in the industry.
USC Gamecocks Baseball Park
Project Summary: Deliver design, comprehensive site assessment, and deployment consulting to the USC Gamecocks baseball park.
Scope: Delivery of Wi-Fi design and consulting to state of the art college baseball park.
Challenges: Original equipment vendor elected to withdraw from the Wi-Fi market before deployment began. Second vendor had to be selected in parallel with re-organizations within the USC athletic and IT departments.
Interesting Aspect: Exceptionally good Wi-Fi coverage to the fans in the seats as well as in “vendor alley” at the farthest point from the main complex infrastructure.
Spirit Communications Ballpark
Project Summary:Detailed Wi-Fi design, deployment consulting, and vendor selection services for the new Spirit Communications Triple A Ballpark in Columbus S.C. The ballpark construction is scheduled to conclude in late 2015.
Scope: Provide Wi-Fi consulting to the architects (Populous), and end customer for design and delivery of the Wi-Fi system and low voltage cabling.
Challenges: Integrate state of the art Wi-Fi design into late stage architectural plans with net zero cost architectural implications.
Interesting Aspect: First stadium where NRA Wireless has been able to influence the design at the architectural phase. This will reduce Wi-F cost to customer by approximately 30% by optimizing access point mounting location and placing IDF’s and MDF’s with optimal cable runs to access points. Facility will also be a major concert and family entertainment facility, requiring high capacity based coverage for the entire baseball field and two temporary entertainment stages.
St. Louis Blues (Scottrade Center)
Project Summary: Delivered Wi-Fi design, deployment consulting, vendor selection support, test event support for 19,000 seat Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Scope: Pervasive capacity based Wi-Fi coverage for bowl, luxury suites and back of house operations.
Challenges: Design, delivery support, and event testing support in parallel with extensive live event calendar and conclude delivery support prior to 2015 - 2016 NHL hockey season.
Interesting Aspect: First large public venue where revenue generation technology and platform is now mature enough for integration into the Wi-Fi design.
London 2012 Olympics Stadium
Project Summary: Provide Wi-Fi design and deployment support, plus lead vendor selection strategy and scoring mechanisms for London 2012 Summer Olympics as the Wi-Fi managing consulting firm. NRA Wireless was selected after a six month world wide search and approval process.
Scope: Nine stadiums and pervasive Wi-Fi coverage of a 500 acre open park.
Challenges: Ultra short delivery time frame, highly complex designs to accommodate bespoke facilities, limited labor hours at each venue due to local noise restrictions, and communications across very large and rapidly expanding Wi-Fi team. The project velocity and short delivery window required NRA Wireless to develop new engineering and delivery risk mitigation techniques.
Interesting Aspect: 916 people involved during deployment phase. The WLAN system reported back to massive network operations center for 24 X 7 real time social networking monitoring.
New Orleans Superdome
Project Summary: Provide competitive Wi-Fi design and deployment support plan for 2012 Super Bowl.
Scope: Deliver competitive pervasive capacity based Wi-Fi design for 72,000 fans, and an additional 20,000 fans in both outdoor and indoor areas adjacent to the Superdome including the Hornets arena.
Challenges: Compressed delivery time frame, competition against other vendors, multi-layers of technical and project approval.
Interesting Aspect: Plan included the incorporation of Champions Plaza for 20,000 outdoor fans, plus connectivity for the area immediately outside the Superdome in addition to coverage in within the Hornets basketball arena. This design may have been the largest contiguously covered Wi-Fi area of any Super Bowl event to date.
Commanche Peak Nuclear Plant
Project Summary: Replace aging walkie-talkies with pervasive Wi-Fi system that would accommodate voice and video.
Scope: 760 separate rooms in 1 million square foot power block, plus maintenance, outdoor areas, and operations facilities.
Challenges: Massive size of the facility. Each of the 760 power generation rooms within the power block had to operate independently from an RF perspective, in spite of 1 meter diameter high pressure steam piping running through the rooms at various and unique angles per room. The high pressure piping included highly reflective stainless steel cladding and open ports between each room of approximately 3 meters by 3 meters in size.
Interesting Aspect: Extending a Wi-Fi point to point link from the main operations building to a training facility nearly a mile away.
Southwest Airlines 737-800
Project Summary: Evaluate and recommend next generation Wi-Fi coverage and system for Southwest Airlines aircraft.
Scope: Assess, document, and make recommendations to enhance network performance on over 400 commercial aircraft.
Challenges: Satellite backhaul speed and capacity limitations
Interesting Aspect: While it’s relatively easy to provide excellent Wi-Fi coverage within a commercial aircraft, the cost and bandwidth limitations on commercial airborne Wi-Fi will continue to impact network performance for the foreseeable future.
Massachusetts Convention Center
Project Summary: Audit third party Wi-Fi design, deployment detailing, and lead vendor selection on the largest convention centers in the state of Massachusetts.
Scope: 3 million square feet of coverage, primarily at the Boston Entertainment and Convention Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.
Challenges: Highly complex event scheduling requires deployment in and around major events. Also the massive scale of the BCEC.
Interesting Aspect: Very high ceilings in the facilities combined with some crowds with nearly 40,000 attendees require exceptional design, deployment, and assurance techniques. The project is large enough in scope that it will begin a renewal phase near the time of initial project completion.
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Center
Project Summary: Deliver capacity based Wi-Fi design, deployment, cabling, and as-built documentation for the Pepsi Center which is the home of the Colarado Avalanche NHL hockey team, and the NBA Denver Nuggets. The front of house features 18,000 seats, and the back of house covers approximately 700,000 square feet of support operations.
Scope: Pervasive, capacity based Wi-Fi coverage for 18,000 seat facility, 700,000 square feet of back of house operations.
Challenges: Design, test, delivery, and cabling in parallel with an extensive live event calendar including an NHL plus NBA franchise, in addition to numerous other major shows and concerts.
Interesting Aspect: The Wi-Fi coverage includes a bespoke 12,000 square feet two story private residence within the facility.
Scott and Reid
Project Summary: A Wi-Fi coverage and capacity based system for the headquarters of one of the top commercial building construction companies in Texas.
Scope: Operations coverage for a 12,000 square bespoke office.
Challenges: Deployment had to be scheduled for the evenings so as not to disrupt daytime operations. High dollar flow from the operations means the system has to have near perfect reliability and performance.
Interesting Aspect: Bespoke office setting required design and deployment that compliments existing decor.
Ole Miss Stadium
Project Summary: Deliver comprehensive independent performance audit with site assessment for major college football stadium featuring 60,580 seats.
Scope: Detailed performance audit and recommendations for one of the largest collegiate football stadiums in the country.
Challenges: Complete independent site and Wi-Fi performance assessment of one of the fastest Wi-Fi systems in the country. Provide recommendations on performance enhancements, and future design implications.
Interesting Aspect: The Wi-Fi design team (not from NRA Wireless) utilized a highly unique design approach with considerable risk. The design risk resulted in one of the highest performance Wi-Fi systems in not just a college football stadium, but arguably in any major stadium in the U.S. with an average of 30Mbps to every seat in the bowl.
Project Summary: Design and deploy a Wi-Fi system for three state of the art warehouse facilities, each with approximately 800,000 square feet.
Scope: Wi-Fi design, deployment, cabling, test, as-built documentation, and training.
Challenges: Design and site assessment in concert with construction completion, designing and delivering a warehouse Wi-Fi system that operates effectively in very narrow, very tall warehouse aisle with automated and semi-automated pick and place equipment.
Interesting Aspect: Adapting design to pre-purchased Wi-Fi equipment, especially in ensuring antenna functions that are not normally used for warehouse Wi-Fi designs.
Western New England University
Project Summary: Delivered consulting for Wi-Fi design and deployment sequencing recommendations for campus-wide Wi-Fi system for classrooms and dormitories.
Scope: Design and deployment recommendations for one of the largest and oldest college campuses in New England.
Challenges: Large scale deployment which primarily needed to be completed during the summer months when the campus has the fewest number of students.
Interesting Aspect: Many historically significant buildings with which care had to be taken to ensure no damage or aesthetics compromise.
University of Missouri Stadium
Project Summary: Design, delivery plan, and Wi-Fi site recommendations to one of the largest college football stadiums in the country.
Scope: Delivered detailed design, site assessment, and deployment recommendations.
Challenges: Complete site assessment during the winter and while the facility was undergoing extensive construction expansion.
Interesting Aspect: One of the first major sports facilities to begin combining disparate luxury suites into larger corporate entertainment facility.
United Nations International School
Project Summary: Design audit of pervasive Wi-Fi system plus deliver network design and configuration.
Scope: The school issued MacBook Air laptops to each of their students; the NRA deliverable was to provide comprehensive design assurance and detailed recommendations on a non-NRA Wireless design, NRA also delivered networking equipment configurations, along with trouble shooting and general system debugging.
Challenges: Highly compressed schedule, and the primary contractor was unable to configure and debug the Wi-Fi network. NRA Wireless successfully supported that deliverable to a satisfactory conclusion.
Interesting Aspect: This school was one of the first to deliver laptops to each of their students only to discover in retrospect that the good intent also required an augmentation of the existing WLAN and networking infrastructure.
CBS / Van Wagner
Project Summary: Deliver detailed design and implementation strategy for the conversion of 10,000 legacy phone booths to digital signage/Wi-Fi hotspots in the five boroughs of New York City. The customer is one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, and the sites are widely regarded as one of the world’s most demanding outdoor Wi-Fi environments.
Scope: Phase 1 saw NRA Wireless successfully deliver 24 proof’s of concept at disparate locations. Phase 2 was to deliver all 10,000 conversions over a four year period. Subsequent to that, NRA partners, led by CBS / Van Wagner, would maintain and evolve all sites for an additional 11 years. NRA Wireless also supported live presentations to the City of New York for this project with CBS and Van Wagner chief executives. Phase 2 was subsequently awarded to a competitor in a semi-finalist contest from over one hundred initial competitors.
Challenges: New York City is one of the most challenging outdoor Wi-Fi environments in the world. Each proof of concept site experienced between 1,100 and 1,400 Wi-Fi beacons from numerous local sources. Also, construction in New York City requires deep expertise and operational contacts within the city at numerous levels of technical, licensing, power, aesthetics, and safety counsels and boards.
Interesting Aspect: NRA Wireless developed an RF manifold, specific for this project. This device not only shielded the antenna’s from excessive levels of RF from the local environment, it also carefully shaped the RF energy such that it propagated where intended, and not where it wouldn’t deliver as much performance.
Project Summary: Delivered comprehensive Wi-Fi system design and detailed deployment recommendations for an 800,000 square foot warehouse, plus highly bespoke showroom and executive offices.
Scope: Pervasive Wi-Fi coverage in a major warehouse facility, plus in one of the world’s finest showcase facilities, and operational offices.
Challenges: Scope of coverage for the warehouse which featured six different types of radiating environments from small high product value cages to open air loading docks. Deployment also in a highly bespoke showroom where aesthetics are of an utmost priority. No cables or hardware could be seen by the guests and operations personnel in the showroom and executive offices while providing state of the art performance and Wi-Fi coverage. Design verification and installation scheduled for after-hours only. Clean up of all work held to near surgical theater standards.
Interesting Aspect: Delivering a design with six different sub-elements on the design principles that would accommodate extremely short range Wi-Fi systems in high value product cages, while also covering fairly open areas such as loading docks. The warehouse environment would also change dramatically as truck loads of merchandize would arrive and depart, requiring RF coverage to accommodate accordingly.
New York Stock Exchange
Project Summary: Delivered comprehensive design and deployment recommendations for highly dense Wi-Fi system in one of the world’s most demanding environments where reliability and performance are crucial to the customer. NRA also led the installation and testing of a comprehensive proof of concept system in a competition with various OEM Wi-Fi equipment providers.
Scope: Deliver a design, delivery plan, and proof of concept for the floor of the NYSE.
Challenges: Wi-Fi roaming in a highly dense operating environment with legacy Wi-Fi clients featuring limited channel selections and delicate roaming algorithms. Very short RF ranges with very high access point counts as required by the NYSE. Integrating legacy Wi-Fi clients supplied by the NYSE which required extensive and real time roaming, and special coding for the Wi-Fi infrastructure to support Wi-Fi usage with an unusually high roaming rate.
Interesting Aspect: Delivery of a Wi-Fi system in one of the world’s most visible showcases where technology fully enables the customer deliverables.
Project Summary: Provide comprehensive Wi-Fi design and large scale site assessment for pervasive and high capacity Wi-Fi coverage for the students at Dartmouth College.
Scope: Design, detailed site assessment, and delivery plan for 40 individual and often structurally unique dormitories featuring three or four levels of occupants.
Challenges: Six different building designs and a requirement to deliver the system over the summer break into 40 three and four story buildings.
Interesting Aspect: The wide range of buildings from historical wooden multi-story buildings to modern glass and steel structures which required coverage to large adjacent patios where students would congregate.