Embracing Commercial Projects
Crafting a Scaleable Solution
SportsWatch Bar & Grill boasts 57 ceiling-mounted flat-panel TVs as well as five projectors, all centrally controlled by a Savant system. Booth seating comes with individual speakers that the customers can change to listen to any channel displayed on the screens above them, and every seat in the house offers a direct line of sight to at least three television screens. All of this relies on a single network that supports the Savant automation system, IP phones, business-critical application infrastructure, corporate Wi-Fi and guest Wi-Fi. For a sports bar in 2012, these HDTVs, booming sound system and speedy Wi-Fi are not only appropriate, but expected. However, bringing this system to life did not come without challenges.
To address the technical challenges involved in commercial work, Frequency called my team in Los Angeles, Calif., to design an enterprise-grade network solution to meet their needs. "We chose Access Networks because they offer redundancy," said Nordstrand. "With Access Networks, if something goes wrong there are still enough access points to keep the automation system working."
Redundancy, or the duplication of a critical element with intention of increasing reliability, is extremely important for commercial projects, as these projects rely on technology to sustain their business. Nordstrand recognizes that with commercial projects there is no room for failure. Nordstrand also recalls being scrutinized by the client's IT department prior to bid approval "The solution we specified was familiar to them, we used the gear they used." For SportsWatch Bar & Grill, a robust and reliable digital foundation means happy customers, and no lost revenue caused by technical issues.
For commercial projects, increasing revenue also relies on the ability to scale. "The client is looking at adding more buildings to this property," said Nordstrand. "A part of the requirement was to be able to easily scale the network and connect other buildings with redundant fiber links. We knew that we could accomplish this with a solution from Access Networks."