Corning MobileAccess, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, announced that the company’s portfolio of distributed antenna systems (DAS) is now delivering pervasive wireless coverage at major Indianapolis venues, just in time for the Super Bowl.
From arrival, to hotel stay, to pre-game events, and game time, mobile users can enjoy fast, uninterrupted access to voice and data, allowing them to coordinate with friends, share photos, or check out NFL analysis and pre-game video with their smartphones.
Sites involved in the deployment include Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts and site of Super Bowl XLVI; Indianapolis International Airport; eight hotels, including the JW Marriott Indianapolis; two medical centers; the Indiana Convention Center; and the Colts training facility.
“While large sites are great for events, the structures themselves and the massive amount of people within them trying to access cellular networks simultaneously can result in dropped calls and slower data access,” said Mike Genovese, senior vice president, Wireless Networks and New Business Development, Corning Optical Communications. “Our solutions distribute cell signals throughout these locations, so that Indianapolis visitors and residents can effortlessly connect via their mobile devices.”
Lucas Oil Stadium is the fifth Super Bowl venue to be outfitted with an installed distributed antenna system provided by Corning MobileAccess. Others include: Reliant Park, Houston, for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004; ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla., for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005; Ford Field, Detroit, for Super Bowl XL in 2006; and University of Phoenix Stadium, for Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
Corning MobileAccess’ DAS solutions bring outdoor cellular signals indoors and distribute them throughout expansive facilities, such as football stadiums or convention centers, dramatically improving coverage for voice, texting, and data services. The solutions also successfully accommodate all of the operators’ cellular services, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), and are built to handle future upgrades or expansions without impacting existing services.
Covering the many venues supporting the Super Bowl and beyond is no small feat, requiring multiple large-scale deployments at several sites. To help manage the process, Corning MobileAccess teamed with several leading wireless integrators to install the company’s DAS equipment at these sites, including:
- Rizzo Consulting Inc., which designed and installed the system at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, resulting in one of the largest and highest capacity DAS installations in North America
- Alcatel-Lucent, which designed and installed the DAS for Indianapolis International Airport (IIA)
- Repeated Signal Solutions, Inc., which installed the DAS at the JW Marriott Indianapolis
- Connectivity Wireless Solutions, CTS and RF Connect, which installed systems at other key locations
Indianapolis International Airport and the JW Marriott Indianapolis are two of the key sites involved in the deployment. Both are using Corning MobileAccess’ DAS to provide uninterrupted multiple-carrier services, including 4G LTE connectivity, offering fast data speeds and reliable coverage throughout all areas of the facilities.
IIA served about 7.5 million passengers in 2010 and adopted Corning MobileAccess’ DAS as a means of providing visitors to the high-traffic location with uninterrupted wireless coverage throughout the airport. “Corning MobileAccess’ in-building cellular coverage solution is a great product,” said Al Stanley, chief information officer with the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “The recent 4G LTE upgrade has provided a noticeable performance improvement for visitors’ and employees’ 4G mobile devices throughout the airport.”
The JW Marriott Indianapolis is the largest JW Marriott in the world, with more than 1,000 guest rooms and 104,000 square feet of meeting space now covered by Corning MobileAccess’ DAS. “We’re continually seeking ways to improve guests’ stays at the hotel, and investing in Corning MobileAccess’ reliable DAS is part of this effort,” said Ken Barnes, vice president, Information Technology for White Lodging Services, which owns and manages the JW Marriott Indianapolis. “An increasing number of guests are using 3G- and 4G-enabled devices during their stay. The Corning MobileAccess DAS enables us to provide them with fast data speeds and blanket wireless coverage throughout the facility.”
For additional information on Corning MobileAccess solutions visit http://www.corning.com/mobileaccess.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.