Wi-Fi helps Royal International Air Tattoo run smoothly

Cambium Networks provided Wi-Fi connectivity to organisers and thousands of spectators at The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire last week.

The company provided more than 100 outdoor and indoor access points across 35 locations at the site, along with end-to-end network control. The latter enabled seamless device management of Cambium Networks’ cnPilot E501S Enterprise Outdoor and cnPilot e500 Enterprise Outdoor access points. These were placed around the showground to provide end-to-end Wi-Fi connectivity in public areas as well as on the runways, where coverage is usually unavailable due to the inability to lay fibre. Indoor cnPilot e410 access point were used to deliver connectivity to hospitality suites and marquees across the grounds and Cambium’s PTP600 series Point to Point link and PMP450 Point to MultiPoint solutions were also deployed.

Cambium deployed the network while working to a no-single point of failure concept and this approach allowed thousands of spectators to simultaneously use the service without disruption to download, upload and stream content live from the air show.

“In addition to connecting spectators, the network was also used by staff to scan and validate passes on entry of the show via tablets,” said Rob Hancock, communications & information systems manager, The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. “This was of particular importance to RIAT, after we faced connectivity issues last year which resulted in up to three hours of queues.

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