Convention Centers Gain Network Flexibility for Trade Shows & Events

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Convention centers reject cable and wi-fi networks in favor of PLC technology, gaining simple installation, better connections and higher security.

I recently attended Daryl Starbird's Custom Car Show. A vendor there told me that he typically loses several thousand dollars in potential sales at convention facilities because there is no way to accept credit cards.

Convention centers reject cable and wi-fi networks in favor of PLC technology, gaining simple installation, better connections and higher network security.

In the past, connecting booths and vendors at trade shows and convention center events was a nightmare job. Miles of CAT5 cable were stretched across the convention center floor, only to be rolled back up at the end of the day.

Unfortunately wireless networks are not a better solution. Signal interruption and slow connections are common on wireless networks with multiple users. Worse yet, wireless networks offer little or no security. Vendors can not safely use credit card machines over a wireless network because anyone within range of the wi-fi signal could high-jack sensitive information traveling on the unsecured network.

"The loss of credit card purchases is the number one complaint of vendors at trade shows," said Mark Wakefield, President of Remote Watch, a long time provider of PLC networks. "I recently attended Daryl Starbird's Custom Car Show. A vendor there told me that he typically loses several thousand dollars in potential sales at convention facilities because there is no way to accept credit cards."

The solution for these networking problems at convention centers and trade shows is PLC (power line communication) technology. PLC technology uses a building's existing electrical system to create a broadband networking platform. At convention center events, this technology provides a high-speed internet connection in each outlet on the convention center floor, eliminating the need to run CAT5 cable from booth to booth.

PLC networks offer advantages over wi-fi as well:

  • The system can handle hundreds of users at a time
  • Performs at high-speed without signal loss or interruption.
  • Outstanding security, including heavy encryption and password entry

The most important advantage of PLC networks is flexibility. They can be installed permanently or during needed events only. PLC networks can connect anything that would use CAT5 cable, such as phones, security cameras, or computer workstations, with excellent results. Offering more security than wireless and more freedom than CAT5, PLC networks will work well in almost any situation.

Find out how PLC technology can solve your network problems or download the latest Telkonet Internet Magazine by visiting http://remotewatchok.com.

About Remote Watch, OK

Remote Watch has been in business over twenty years and specializes in the installation and service of video security systems and computer networks. In 2005 they partnered with Telkonet to provide innovative network solutions for their customers nationwide.

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