Saatchi Gallery learns the art of Wi-Fi


Xirrus, provider of high performance wireless networking, has announced that it has deployed a wireless network throughout the 70,000 square foot Saatchi Gallery in London, based on the XR-Series Wireless Array.

The new network will ensure the Gallery can provide wireless access, even when faced with unpredictable traffic load from many simultaneous users. Unlike the Gallery's legacy network, Xirrus' solution will enable Gallery visitors, corporate clients, and staff to access the Internet from any device, anywhere in the Gallery. It will also include support for the live streaming of events, content and media distribution to screens throughout the Gallery, and interactive art installations.

As one of London's leading galleries, as well as a venue for corporate events, the ability to give many simultaneous wireless users a flawless online experience – often at a moment's notice – is essential. Before installing the Xirrus wireless network, the Saatchi Gallery depended on temporary wireless access points that were set up on demand to coincide with specific events. With ever-growing visitor numbers and events involving blue-chip companies taking place on a regular basis, it became clear that the Gallery needed to deploy a permanent wireless network that had the necessary reliability, speed and capacity, with as little equipment as possible.

Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery, said: 'As a world renowned arts venue, we have tremendous demands placed on our IT infrastructure. It's vital that any technology we use is as unobtrusive as possible and delivers a flawless user experience. Compared with the alternatives, Xirrus was the only provider able to deliver a solution that exceeded all our current technical requirements and would meet our anticipated needs for several years to come.'

Sean Larner, VP of International Sales at Xirrus, added: 'We have a wealth of experience in providing wireless networking services to over 3,000 organisations, serving the needs of their users for high-performance connectivity from their smartphone and tablet devices. We are pleased to be able to bring this expertise to serve the unique requirements of the Saatchi Gallery, and look forward to working with them to support the 1.25 million users who visit the Gallery every year, and the many corporate clients who rely on the Gallery for major brand launches and other events.'

Hurst continued: 'The leading edge technology that Xirrus has provided will ensure that the wireless requirements of the Gallery and all its visitors and clients are met with exceptionally high standards and an uncompromising focus on the user experience.'


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