Smart City Networks, the nation’s provider of telecommunications services for the convention industry, has finalized a contract extension with the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) to provide extensive technology upgrades as a part of their multi-million-dollar renovations project along with new connectivity to key convention hotels adjacent to the venue.
Smart City is replacing the entire network in the Arch building and will be designing and installing the new WiFi 6 network, for the WSCC’s $1.7-billion-dollar addition of the Summit Building to the facility, to be completed in 2022.
The WSCC’s new network will have the capabilities to support the largest-scale data and technology needs of the industry’s most complex events.
Uniquely, this contract also features that Smart City will connect the adjacent Sheraton and Hyatt Regency hotels via dark fiber with the WSCC to service the needs of major events beginning with the Microsoft Ready event.
“Smart City has been a trusted partner of the Washington State Convention Center. Over the years they demonstrated a thorough understanding of our customers’ needs, which is why we have exercised the extension options to their contract,” said Jeff Blosser, President and CEO of the Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District. “Smart City’s technical designs, combined with that customer knowledge, made the company the right choice for our facility originally and into our future as well with our new facility. We are excited to offer the best networking experience in our industry at the Washington State Convention Center.”
Executives of Smart City, which have serviced Washington State Convention Center for over 17 years, share in the excitement.
“Obviously, we’re eager for the WiFi 6 network upgrades that will improve speed, capacity, and reduce interference, but additionally we’re proud to provide cost efficient connectivity to the headquarter hotels near the convention center,” said Mark Haley, President of Smart City Networks.