SOURCE: Xirrus, Inc.

Xirrus, Inc.

June 29, 2015 08:25 ET

Xirrus Empowers Pennsylvania Convention Center to Deliver Superior User Experience by Providing Thousands of Simultaneous Users With Fast, Reliable, and Secure Wi-Fi

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 29, 2015) - Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced the award-winning Pennsylvania Convention Center has selected Xirrus Wi-Fi to support its evolving high-density environment and to improve user experience.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, which encompasses more than 2 million-square feet in Philadelphia, required their Wi-Fi to be both fast and flexible to meet the needs of various conventions, meetings and events, as well deliver a solution that was easy to deploy and simple to manage. Xirrus Wi-Fi with cloud-based based management delivered on all fronts by providing guests with fast, seamless and secure wireless connectivity along with unprecedented cost and resource savings.

"Xirrus provided the best high-density solution for our customers, offering the fewest access points to provide the greatest experience for users," said Lorenz Hassenstein, general manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center for SMG. "Our updated Wi-Fi network is an enhancement as we welcome larger shows and the World Meeting of Families in September, which is shaping up as a record-breaking event for our city and facility."

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is home to large-scale events, meetings and conferences that generate more than $700 million annually for the regional economy. This year, it hosted BIO International with upcoming events such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the 2016 Democratic National Convention -- all of which will benefit from the center's increased Wi-Fi capacity. 

Convention centers represent one of the densest environments for Wi-Fi connections. With attendees bringing multiple Wi-Fi connected device to events, these facilities must ensure attendees can simultaneously and easily connect to the wireless network. Xirrus' purpose-built Wi-Fi solutions deliver the fastest Wi-Fi available and are optimized to meet the high device and user densities encountered in large public venues by reliably supporting tens of thousands of concurrent users.

"Xirrus access points offer our customers faster and more reliable service across our facility," explained IJ Rosenblum, IT director for SMG Philadelphia. "Providing customers with a high-density, Xirrus Wi-Fi network increases our appeal to show organizers and gives our attendees more support for their devices." 

With Xirrus wireless solutions, Pennsylvania Convention Center benefits from:

  • Cost savings - Reduced amount of Access Points (APs) from 700 to 350
  • Time management - Added Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) in just 30 seconds, compared to five minutes with competitive network
  • Instant Upgrades - Dynamically adjusted wireless bands from 2.4 to 5 GHz and back, in addition to a mix of 802.11ac radios.

"As users become more and more mobile reliant, exhibitors and guests demand fast, reliable Wi-Fi during conventions and tradeshows," said Bruce Miller, Xirrus VP of product marketing. "With our high-performance Wi-Fi solution, we are able to allow the Pennsylvania Convention Center to deliver the performance required to support tens of thousands of users at the same time, as well as a network that will scale to meet their wireless needs over time."

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About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions -- high density access points, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

About Pennsylvania Convention Center / SMG
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by SMG, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation. It features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S., 82 meeting rooms and seven exhibit halls. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter: @paconvention.