Americasmart upgrades, enhances wireless coverage
Gary Evans -- Furniture Today, January 3, 2013
Americasmart Atlanta has partnered with Verizon Wireless to create a fully functional wireless communications environment spanning its entire facility of more than seven million square feet.
Installation is now complete on a distributed antenna system that will deliver improved wireless coverage, capacity and data speeds for Verizon Wireless customers on every floor, in every showroom and exhibit hall across the three-building Americas Mart campus.
Additionally, Verizon Wireless products and services will be available for purchase onsite starting with the January 2013 markets - The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.
The Verizon Wireless partnership achieves a major milestone in Americas Mart's mission to create optimal business advantages for all customers, said Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of parent company AMC, Inc.
"This takes us into a new universe of opportunities powered by technology innovations that will reshape how business is done," Portman said. "We are working on several opportunities to enhance the Americas Mart market experience, plus other new advancements to come, all resulting from this strategic technology investment."
Separate antenna locations mounted throughout the Americas Mart campus will boost network strength and capacity. In addition to ensuring calls are successfully connected, the system allows smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to access the Internet, send text messages and quickly share photos and videos on social networking sites.
Wireless coverage encompasses all Americas Mart and Atlanta Convention Center at Americas Mart spaces, including interior corridors, loading docks and areas shielded by marble and stone wall and floor construction.
Verizon Wireless customers at the Markets will gain the additional advantage of accessing the nation's largest 4G network via a large variety of Verizon-powered devices that will enable them to surf the web, stream live music and video, and communicate with business associates at speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
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