Dynamic presentations populate onto screens in private offices and infuse life and energy into the lobby with vibrant colors, motion, and sound. Employees connect effortlessly via their personal mobile devices to gain access into the building, and control lights, thermostats, motorized shades, and surveillance cameras. Internet connectivity is quick, painless, and consistent for anyone who walks through the doors. Robust, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity keeps a Carmel, Indiana-based wealth management firm running smoothly and securely.
Hired to install all technology into the company headquarters mid-construction was local systems integration firm The Premier Group. Having worked for the company CEO before on a residential project, they knew he was a “technologically progressive” client. The networking foundation in the office building, therefore, would need to be top-notch to support a wide variety of systems specified for the space, including a Control4 system to manage lights, motorized shades, and thermostats, plus security, audio/video conferencing, distributed audio, streaming media, and a golf simulator. “The network had to support the systems we installed initially and provide enough headroom to support heavier than expected Internet traffic,” says The Premier Group CEO and principal designer Jason Barth. Nothing less than an enterprise-grade networking infrastructure would be able to handle the incredible demand, so Barth specified an Access Networks solution.
The Premier Group commenced with an audit of network users and devices. “There were a lot more of both than we originally thought,” Barth says. Next, they used a heat map to lay out the components comprising the network. Based on the results, they placed an Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 AP every 1200 feet to ensure consistent coverage throughout the facility. Given the diverse assortment of technologies that would ride the network, The Premier Group segmented camera, streaming media, control, and business Wi-Fi traffic into separate VLANs. An important step was validating the design with Access Networks IT support team.
All of this necessary groundwork streamlined the installation process and mitigated post-installation modifications. Still, problems are bound to surface, so as they do with all clients — residential and commercial — The Premier Group provided the customer with comprehensive 24/7 monitoring of the network through its own tech team and the IT team at Access Networks.
With the Access Networks foundation firmly in place, employees and clients experience seamless connectivity and widespread technology that evokes modernity and professionalism. The entire space is set to conduct business or entertain at the press of a button. Customized and configured to the unique Wi-Fi environment, the Access Networks Wi-Fi network achieves a perfect balance of useful business technology and building automation to save time, energy, and money and sets a networking precedent for the firm’s additional locations along the East Coast.