The Dallas City Council approved the contract on February 22, 2017. Smart City has been the technology services provider for the convention center since 1997. Along with the contract extension, approval was also provided for the installation of a distributed antenna system (DAS). For the DAS buildout, Smart City has partnered with AT&T who will design and build the DAS and ensure connectivity for the KBHCCD to other AT&T Dallas-based projects, such as the Dallas Innovative Initiative.
As part of the new agreement, Smart City will also replace the existing wired and wireless networks at the convention center. The new system will feature a high-density design and will provide the capability of 64,000 simultaneous users on the network at one time. It will also provide 10-gigabit connectivity throughout the facility.
The DAS will be implemented to amplify mobile broadband coverage throughout the facility, eliminate dead zones, and improve network reliability in areas with heavy-user demand and increased network capacity.
“After going through this competitive process, it was evident to the committee that Smart City was not resting on its laurels. The company has an excellent grasp of what future technologies are needed in today’s competitive convention center market,” said Ron King, executive director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. “The combination of Smart City and AT&T is a home run for the City of Dallas.”
About Smart City Networks
Founded over 30 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry and the 19th largest employer in central Florida. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 35 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, call 702-943-6000 or visit www.smartcitynetworks.com.
About Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas is located at 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202. The convention center measures a total of 2 million square feet and features 1 million square feet of designated exhibit space. The facility hosts events such as the NFL Fan Experience, the NCAA Bracket Town, the Dallas Safari Club, the NAHB International Builders Show, along with The Great American Trucking Show and more. For more information visit www.dallasconventioncenter.com.