San Diego, CA– Smart City Networks, the nation’s leading telecommunications provider for the convention industry, has announced completion of a new distributed antenna system (DAS) that is designed to exponentially expand the cellular service coverage and capacity at the San Diego Convention Center.
“This was a massive upgrade, but it reiterates our commitment to deliver exceptional experiences through technology and San Diego’s commitment to be one of the leading meeting and convention destinations in the world,” said Julia Slocombe, Vice President of Western Region Operations for Smart City Networks.
The installation of the DAS system, which was completed this month, involved plotting and installing hundreds of miniature antennas at secure points throughout the convention center that connect to the networks of different cellular carriers, which include AT&T and T-Mobile. “We are excited to offer our guests and customers yet another amenity to continue to make our facility the region’s premier gathering place,” said San Diego Convention Center Corporation President & CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CFE.
As part of the DAS improvements, Smart City also installed a two-way radio system throughout the convention center that allows communication anywhere in the facility.”Not only does this improve the convention experience for the people who attend events at our facility, but we’ve been able to improve our own internal communications to provide a higher level of support to our clients,” said Karen Totaro, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the San Diego Convention Center.
City Council member Ward applauded the enhancement to the center, citing is as one more amenity that makes San Diego as a conventions and meetings destination even more attractive.
The San Diego Convention Center was featured in the 2017 Superbook Issue of Facilities & Destinations magazine as one of the Awards of Excellence winners.