Liberty University

Liberty is the largest university in Virginia and has a record of being tech-forward and implementing one of the most progressive on-campus Wi-Fi and mobile strategies in education today.  Already staffed with a sophisticated IT department, Liberty chose to hire the M S Benbow team for their deep and broad experience in implementing Aruba HD Wi-Fi networks in large public venues that must support massive event-day peaks in demand.

MSB was responsible for designing a cutting-edge converged wireless network that provided a rich and engaging fan experience for the larger crowds now expected at the Liberty Flames football games.  This massive design and build project was completed in less than a year and features:

  • High-definition streaming video and Wi-Fi calling for 25,000 spectators.
  • Future expansion and deployments such as location-based services to further enhance the fan experience.
  • Planned integration of all 11 of the university’s large public venues, including baseball and softball fields, an indoor track, and a natatorium.

The move to Division I football represented a heightened opportunity for Liberty University: high performance, high risk, high visibility and high payoff.  In developing this high-technology venue, Liberty ignited their sports fans, empowered their students, and positioned Williams Stadium as a sought-after venue for events of all kinds.  Using sophisticated technology as a brand differentiator in the 21st century is a winning strategy in Division 1 and beyond!

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MSB responded to Liberty’s need for blazing speed and network upgrades. MSB created a system that was efficient to construct and adaptive to future technologies.  A perfect and innovative example is the 624 under-seat wireless access points that deliver a distributed, strong Wi-Fi signal throughout Williams Stadium while remaining virtually invisible to fans and students.  MSB’s design also accounted for the University’s investment in existing infrastructure, seamlessly integrating and leveraging legacy systems and investments. Project management was a critical component to the project’s success in tandem with hardware integration testing, commissioning, and optimization.

Liberty University – Stadium Wireless Network Expansion

MSB partnered with Aruba Networks to design and construct a massive wireless network upgrade as part of Liberty University’s Williams Stadium expansion project. The infrastructure project incorporates fiber optic cable and more than 624 wireless access points to provide robust Wi-Fi coverage and capacity as part of an overall remodel of the venue. The project was completed in less than a year in preparation for the season-opener of the Liberty Flame’s new NCAA Division 1 football classification. MSB’s expert telecommunications engineers designed the state-of the-art wireless network to extend the stadium’s bandwidth to support high-definition streaming video and Wi-Fi calling for 25,000 spectators. The network upgrade was designed to ensure the infrastructure can handle future plans for expansion, such as location-based services to further enhance the fan experience and integration with all 11 of the university’s large public venues, including baseball and softball fields, an indoor track and indoor swimming complex.

Pimlico Race Course – Wi-Fi Network Upgrade

MSB and Aruba Networks completed the installation of a Wi-Fi upgrade and expansion project at Pimlico Race Course in advance of the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes that increased network capacity tenfold. The new Wi-Fi network at Pimlico delivers reliable coverage throughout the clubhouse and infield, and expands the system’s capacity from approximately 5,000 users at a time to 50,000 concurrent users. The Wi-Fi upgrade features a new 10 Gbps backbone pipe to support the network and 330-plus access points (AP), allowing guests to comfortably surf the web, engage in social media or view video from their mobile device. Typically completed over a period of months, the telecommunications project was deployed in just three weeks.

Vivint Smart Home Arena – Bluetooth Location-Based Services

Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena deployed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to engage fans attending sporting events and concerts. MSB & Aruba Networks were contracted to design, install and optimize BLE beacon technology to provide a richer, more mobile experience for its 1.8 million annual guests. MSB’s approach required an on-site engineered solution to develop a robust design approach for the arena bowl, concourses, entry points and general public areas. To ensure inconspicuous placement of BLE devices, MSB applied trade tactics such as vinyl-wrapping components to match surface color and strategic placement of approximately 1,100 beacons in the venue. The location-based wayfinding network provides a solution for fans to help navigate throughout the venue using interactive mapping on their smartphones. The BLE technology integrates with cloud-based software and a new mobile app that leverages mobile analytics to deliver indoor navigation, in-seat ordering, location-aware push messaging, and venue-specific notifications to customers.

Large Public Venue Campus Wi-Fi System

Venue management group ASM Global, decided the Caesar’s Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Champions Square and Club XLIV required a state of the art, high density WiFi network to provide superior service for Superbowl XLVII. MSB was selected as ASM Global’s technical representative and overall project manager for the design, construction and commissioning of the network.

Sports Complex Cellular Distributed Antenna System (DAS)

Venue management group ASM Global (ASM), the New Orleans Saints, and the New Orleans Pelicans decided the Caesar’s Superdome and Smoothie King Center sports complex required a state of the art wireless cellular network for the sport arena campus.  ASM required a project consultant with extensive prior experience with large public venue DAS projects, so they selected MSB to lead development of the specification for the campus wide network, solicit proposals and provide a technical recommendation for project award.  As a result, the ASM campus had the largest DAS in the U.S. at the time of commissioning in early 2012.

Arena Wi-Fi Build-out and Optimization

A prominent sporting arena hired MSB to independently inspect, test and make recommendations for the arena’s Wi-Fi build-out.  Thru RF site surveys and a physical installation inspection, MSB recommended specific network optimization and performance enhancements to their system.

DFW Airport Cellular Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Buildout

Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW), as part of their overall Terminal Renovation and Improvement Program (TRIP), hired MSB to perform RF modeling and cellular system design, RF cable sweeps and cellular walk testing to improve the communication systems for visitors and internal operations.  MSB also performed A&E design package development, oversaw construction, and managed the start-up and maintenance of the new cellular distributed antenna system (DAS).

Love Field Airport Cellular Distributed Antenna System and WiFi Buildout

Dallas Love Field was going through an airport modernization project to improve communication systems for visitors and internal operations.  Boingo Wireless contracted MSB to perform A&E design package development, oversee construction, and start-up and maintain the new cellular Distributed Antenna System and WiFi network.

Convention Center High Density WiFi Design & Implementation

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) decided to embark on a complete WiFi wireless upgrade project that would serve both patrons and the internal staff of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. The project scope included providing WiFi service throughout the 800,000 sq. ft. convention center.