What would you expect from the technology capital of the world? San Jose, self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley, has committed to offer free, fast Wi-Fi service throughout the McEnery Convention Center beginning July 1, 2014. It's good news indeed for more than one million annual convention delegates bound for the facility.
With free Wi-Fi already in place at Mineta San Jose International Airport and throughout downtown San Jose, the expansion of the popular Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi service takes the nation's tenth largest city one giant tech step forward. San Jose claims to be the first place in the U.S. where visitors can step off a plane, navigate the airport, travel four miles into downtown and enter the convention center without ever losing reliable, free Wi-Fi connectivity.
The downtown San Jose service was launched on March 14, 2013. It is said to be three to four times faster than convention outdoor Wi-Fi services found in other parts of the country.
With a nod to the competitive edge this enhancement provides, the city's chief information officer Vijay Sammeta says, “We expect the convention center to be more competitive and drive more business as a result of offering what we believe is truly the best customer experience.”
A $1.5 million investment in state-of-the-art technology at McEnery Convention Center means that convention organizers will be able to customize a wireless interface solution for the entire duration of a meeting
The advance is applauded by Karolyn Kirchgesler, chief executive officer for Team San Jose, “With new technology infrastructure created by leading Silicon Valley technology companies, we are offering a world class technology experience. Convention attendees can stream video, stay connected and keep up to date on all of their devices and do so for free.”
Wickedly Fast is an innovative public/partnership with the City of San Jose, Team San Jose, Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE Technologies.