Viparis Chooses Xirrus to Implement High-Density Wi-Fi at Its Paris Nord Villepinte and Paris Le Bourget Exhibition Centres

Viparis Chooses Xirrus to Implement High-Density Wi-Fi at Its Paris Nord 
Villepinte and Paris Le Bourget Exhibition Centres 
PARIS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 --  Viparis, the manager of the
ten main conference and exhibition centres in the Paris Ile de France
region, selected Xirrus, the leader in the high-performance wireless
network market, to implement a high-density Wi-Fi service at the
sites of Paris Nord Villepinte and Paris Le Bourget. Viparis is
pursuing its service-oriented approach by installing the latest
technology in its sites to improve the Wi-Fi performance at its
centres. This measure will guarantee 20,000 simultaneous high-density
Wi-Fi connections. 
Access to a high-density Wi-Fi service is an important competitive
asset for large exhibition sites 
"When thousands of users are trying to simultaneously access
websites, upload pictures, stream videos, and send e-mails from one
exhibition site, the network can simply get overwhelmed and run out
of capacity -- leaving users dissatisfied," explains Karim Bouamrane,
Vice President of France and Benelux at Xirrus. The mass arrival of
tablets and the smartphone explosion over the last few years means
that the number of users at these sites has risen significantly while
their requirements with regard to the quality of the wireless
connection increased even further. "When exhibitors and visitors come
to events at Paris Nord Villepinte, or any of the group's other
conference and exhibition centres, they often have two or three Wi-Fi
enabled devices. Nowadays, connectivity is essential in any
professional or public exhibition. The Xirrus solution makes it
possible to manage a high-density environment for users that
addresses the way exhibitions are configured," emphasises Christophe
Thomas, Operations Director at Viparis. 
A successful initial implementation at Paris Nord Villepinte 
Paris Nord Villepinte now provides exhibition organisers, exhibitors
and visitors with a high-density wireless network that supports over
20,000 simultaneous connections throughout its 246,000m2 exhibition
site. "We were won over by Xirrus's unique approach to our needs.
Others suggested installing between 300 and 1,000 access points. The
technology of the Xirrus Arrays only required 75," explained
Christophe Thomas, Operations Director at Viparis.  
Xirrus is a proven expert in event organisation (stadiums, conference
centres, arenas, etc.). As the market leader in France, Xirrus has
already equipped prestigious Parisien locations such as the Grand
Palais, the George Pompidou Centre and the Meridien Etoile, etc. 
Xirrus Wireless Arrays provide a solution to address the challenges
of high-density wireless connectivity in conference and exhibition
environments. The ability to concentrate up to 16 radios with
sectored, directional antennas into a single device(1) provides an
effective solution for the way the events are configured within the
site infrastructures. To address the issues experienced by Viparis,
Xirrus implemented 75 access points, each incorporating between eight
and sixteen radios with directional antennas. These access points are
installed at a minimum height of 7.5 metres to accommodate stands up
to 6 metres high.  
"With a higher number of Wi-Fi access points, there is an increase in
the risk of corruption and malfunction associated with assembly and
disassembly. Xirrus technology unites practicality and effectiveness
in the exhibitions at our sites," emphasises Christophe Thomas. 
The new Xirrus Wi-Fi network in operation since the end of March 2013
at Paris Nord Villepinte supplies the three Wi-Fi solutions provided
by Viparis: 

--  VIPARIS_WIFI: free Internet access in all exhibition halls, limited to
    four hours per user, and without restriction in public areas.
--  VIPARIS_PRO: a chargeable Wi-Fi account for unrestricted connection
    time throughout the event
--  VIPARIS_SECURE: professional chargeable Wi-Fi access allowing several
    simultaneous connections on a shared Internet access, with
    unrestricted connection time throughout the event (complementary
    Ethernet cable provided to connect wired devices).

Following the installation at Paris Nord Villepinte, Xirrus technology
is now being implemented at Paris Le Bourget. 
About Xirrus, Inc. 
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks.
Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances,
offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage
and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions --
Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provides
seamless connectivity and unified management across the network.
Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure
advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate
business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer
solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and
partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and
is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information, please
visit: and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus. 
About Viparis 
Viparis was created in 2008, the result of the fusion of the
conference, exhibition and corporate event venues of Unibail-Rodamco
(real estate member of CAC 40) and of the Paris Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. 
A European and global conventions and exhibitions market leader,
Viparis now unites the ten main venues of the French capital under
one banner: Cnit Paris La Defense, Espace Champerret, Espace Grande
Arche, Le Palais des Congres de Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, Palais
des Congres de Versailles, Paris Le Bourget, Paris Nord Villepinte,
Paris expo Porte de Versailles and Le Palais des Congres d'Issy.
Together, these sites offer 627,000m2 of covered space and 484,000m2
of outdoor space. On average, every year Viparis hosts 300 trade
shows, 125 conferences and 500 corporate events for a total of 9.2
million visitors, as well as 50 entertainment events with a total of
120 performances. 
(1) Xirrus Arrays incorporate from four to sixteen 802.11a/b/g/n
radios into a single chassis. Each radio can be configured for either
2.4 GHz or 5 GHz operation and can run at speeds up to 450 Mbps (the
current limitation of 802.11n), providing the maximum amount of
flexibility and bandwidth capacity. 
XIRRUS Press contact 
3d Communication
Tel.: +33 (0)1 46 05 87 87
 Alix Beliard / Christophe Tuaillon / 
Viparis Press contact
Tel. +33 (0)4 72 69 08 20 /  
Viparis - Communication Service
Adrien SIMON
Tel. +33 (0)1 40 68 10 55 
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