It’s a true indicator of our digital dependence when an outdoor festival has a requirement for Wi-Fi access. But then again, when you consider the theme for da Vinci Days – “Oregon’s premier Art, Science, and Technology festival,“ it starts to make sense that undertaking an innovative approach to providing Wi-Fi access in a park is a great idea, and also a technological feat worthy of display.
Enter PEAK Internet’s team of industrious and resourceful wireless engineers to answer the call and build a custom network that spans several city blocks to connect the festival grounds with PEAK Internet’s Corvallis office. Custom is the keyword; this connection is chained together using different radio frequencies and several different pieces of equipment. In the end, providing a reliable service that hundreds of users can access throughout the festival for productivity or leisure. Here is the summary of the PEAK project provide Wi-Fi service for the da Vinci Days Festival:
- Equipment was staged at four locations to get bandwidth from the PEAK office on Western Blvd. to the festival location adjacent to Oregon State University.
- The bandwidth was backhauled from PEAK over a 3.65 GHz link at 10 Mbps to a broadcast station on the top of Callahan Hall on the Oregon State University Campus. From that station, the signal was broadcast over 5 GHz to two field units placed on the festival grounds. Festival users access the service from two omni-directional antenna’s discretely attached to tents.
- Over the course of the festival, approximately 320 users accessed the service, drawing over 50 GB of data.
- There were no reported outages and average speeds for end-users were between 4-8 Mbps.
This is the second year that PEAK has provided pervasive Wi-Fi to the festival, where attendees and exhibitors use the access for various tasks that enrich the festival. For example, this year many festival attendees participated in the photo safari and leveraged the Wi-Fi to upload pictures to the online service, Flickr. This activity was in addition to the annually occurring usage, such as GPS mapping and “Green Town” exhibition.
This service was done in part as a sponsorship to the festival, but more so to support a local event that has a need for reliable internet access. PEAK is a proud supporter of the da Vinci Days festival and a technology leader in the community. This effort was completed in support of this community-driven notion and as a way to display the expertise of PEAK’s engineering staff.