Garden Valley Technologies, a local Internet service provider who recently expanded into Warren, has been supplying the Marshall County Fairground’s Internet service since last year. Recently, the connectivity needs of the fair have expanded to include electronic ticketing for admission and events, vendors conducting credit card sales transactions, increased software needs, and more. As a result, fairgoer data use has risen dramatically. The fair board needed a new connectivity solution and Garden Valley Technologies reached out asking if they were interested in configuring a more robust wireless network.

Garden Valley Technologies CEO/General Manager, Timothy Brinkman explains, “with the high demand of Wi-Fi and the limited and overloaded 4G network, we wanted to create a Wi-Fi network that would not only serve the needs of fair staff and vendors, but also the public, so we presented an outdoor SmartBiz Wi-Fi solution.”

To configure the new wireless network, Garden Valley Technologies utilized existing indoor Gigaspire Wi-Fi systems that were already in place on the fairgrounds and connected them to an all-new outdoor network. GVT mounted four outdoor GigaPros in strategic locations throughout the fairgrounds to provide Wi-Fi coverage from the Grandstands to the Midway and beyond. The deployment of this enhanced network not only provides the needed communications infrastructure, but also offers network security and public access to free Wi-Fi through a custom splash page.

When fairgoers arrive at the fair, they will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi by joining the Free GVT Wi-Fi network. There is no password required, just enter a name and email address on the splash page for access. “The ultimate goal was to create a technology-friendly environment for fairgoers and staff that allows people to better communicate,” explains Timothy Brinkman, GVT CEO/General Manager.

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