Farnborough International were looking to install a larger permanent venue on their 150 acre site. The site had historically revolved around the biennial air show but was also successful in winning other work in temporary structures. To get more utilisation, Farnborough decided to build a permanent venue of 12,000sq ft. In order to get funding, they required commercial partners to invest with them.
DB, with more than 5 years of providing internet services for the venue, was asked to be one of those partners. DB already had already invested in approximately 30 miles of permanent network fibre at the site, so was the trusted technical partner. DB designed and installed the new hard wired and WiFi network in the newly named FIECC, providing all internet, network and telephony, ultimately investing a multiple six figure sum in the new building.
FIECC has arguably the most flexible, secure, and high bandwidth venue in the UK. For the air show, which features Europe’s largest event IT network, DB supplies hardwire internet and telephony connections to more than 400 individual exhibitors via both the permanent fibre network and a temporary 100 miles of fibre and copper. 200 WiFi access points are also supplied, with 6,000 concurrent users. 25TB of network traffic and 600 VOIP telephones, via 35,000 connections, are securely delivered to the show, the centre of the global aerospace industry for 5 days.
As well as the air show, DB supplies simple and highly complex networks to all the other events at the FIECC site and elsewhere.
“Having a robust and reliable connectivity network is absolutely business-critical for our show and the team at DB Event Networks work tirelessly from strategy and planning to implementation to make sure the whole system runs without fault. Installing connectivity for Farnborough International Airshow is a vast and complex job – probably unmatched in scale in Europe – but working with DB Event Networks we know we are in very safe hands and would not hesitate to recommend its services.”