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Published on November 7th, 2012 | by Alexis Argent

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The Centennial Hall of Bochum Connects Audience with Xirrus Wireless

Xirrus, the leader in high-performance wireless networking, announced it has been selected by the Centennial Hall of Bochum to deliver high-speed, high-capacity wireless as a means of enhancing audience participation and overall experience. Built in 1902, the Centennial Hall of Bochum was a workshop and depot until 1991. In 2003, the historic facility was transformed in to a vibrant cultural center for the arts. By installing high-performance Xirrus Wireless Arrays, visitors now have access to real-time information on the artwork, performers, event staff, and the facilities on their mobile devices, enabling interaction during onsite events and performances. The Centennial Hall of Bochum was able to deliver 4X more performance to their wireless users, while reducing equipment by 97% over competing offerings.

The Centennial Hall of Bochum consists of a set of historical buildings of exceptional architecture, which hosts art festivals, concerts, and trade fairs, including acting as host for the annual Ruhrtriennale, Germany’s largest and most prestigious art festival, which draws more than 45,000 visitors and includes over 100 events and 37 theatrical productions across 12 locations. To deliver a more connected, more meaningful experience for the audiences, the Centennial Hall of Bochum required a high-capacity, reliable, and secure wireless solution that would allow for streaming content, including voice and video, across thousands of simultaneous wireless connections.

Bochumer Veranstaltungs-GmbH CEO Andreas Kuchajda said,

We were impressed with Xirrus right away. It quickly became clear that the company was right for our project. We think in similar ways and wanted more than just average results. Xirrus provided us with the perfect highly-scalable wireless solution that matched our technical requirements and enables us to provide an inspiring cooperative experience for our clientele.”

The Xirrus solution includes six XR Wireless Arrays in total, four XR-4420 Wireless Arrays were used in the 8,800 square meter main hall and smaller steam blast hall, with two XR-1220 Wireless Arrays used in the secondary buildings. The network supports an average of 1,500 concurrent users and is expandable to support 5,000. The entire network took only one day to install and configure. A conventional WiFi approach would have involved at least 30 access points, six to eight controllers, 1.2 kilometers of cable, and weeks to install.

“Because the Xirrus solution scales so easily and securely, we won’t have to rebuild the system as we grow our services,” commented Horst Mühlberger, Technical Director of the Jahrhunderthalle. “Plans are underway to offer real-time, interactive background information about art installations, live performances, and other events, enabling visitors additional ways to experience the on-site events via their mobile devices.

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