We know that not everyone cares how we do what we do, so long as we do it, but just in case you’d like the technology low down, here it is:
At Get Me Connected we have a van which is fitted with a satellite dish and a sixteen foot mast. We’re also self-powered, so we’re fully mobile. As long as your event is accessible to a vehicle, we can provide you with wireless internet access within a 300m radius of our van. If we need to cover a bigger area, we can plug in repeater boxes and expand our coverage.
We use the most modern satellite technology available to get our wireless broadband connections. Satellite technology achieves speeds of 20 megabits per second and upload speeds of 6 megabits per second.
We use a satellite that’s just a few years old and only provides a broadband signal, nothing else. The earth hub that’s in Germany broadcasts to the satellite in the sky, and that fires 64 focussed spot beams across Europe, 4 of which are located in the UK. We pick up the spot beam on the giant antennae on our van, and re-broadcast it out to users at our events. We can provide a seamless signal to around 10,000 devices per van. The more people we need to provide a wireless signal to, the more vans we bring.
We also use High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), also known as 3.5G. This gives certain networks even higher data transfer speeds and capacity. We pick up the 3G signal and make it stronger because of our 16 metre high mast, and can even get the 4G signal, although obviously that’s not available everywhere in the country yet.
Our Wi Fi signal is on a 5ghz frequency which is the best, strongest and fastest signal out there, and is ideal for all modern laptops, tablets and smart phones.
As well as the wireless connections that we pick up and broadcast, we can also take pre-existing ADSL and VDSL internet connections and broadcast them so that they turn into wireless connections for multiple users (from 500 to 5,000 users depending on the connection).
We can even provide a combination of wireless and fixed internet connection. It all depends on what is available, and what your specific requirements are.
To improve things further, we use Active Traffic Management at our events. Traffic Management includes strategies such as storing regularly visited sites like Twitter, Facebook, BBC etc. off-line for quicker download to devices. We can prioritise different traffic at events, so that a host company’s website will take priority, for example, and we can even block sites, such as competitor websites. There are all sorts of things that we can do to help to make an event a bigger success, as well as enhance the user experience.
Just give us a call and we’ll let you know what we can do for you.