Devoxx is the largest conference for Java developers in Europe with 3500 participants from more than 40 countries who all want Wi-Fi access.
This conference is for 5 days and takes place in the rooms of Metropolis in Antwerp. The challenge is to offer all these people and their diversity in devices wireless network access at the same time in the different rooms where there are 700 people per room on average.
The organisation regards Wi-Fi Internet access as a primary right of the visitor and has, therefore, tried different systems in their constant search for a suitable solution, but has not had much luck.
Stephan Janssen, founder of Devoxx and BeJUG, summarises this as follows: “Wi-Fi access has become something we cannot do without during the past few years. However, finding a reliable wireless solution has been more difficult than we could ever imagine.”
The users are demanding IT people who do not just want to be reachable in their professional capacity through e-mail and Skype, but who also download files, watch YouTube sessions or speakers and are also involved in video streaming during breaks. Both the capacity of the network and the Internet connection, therefore, had to be aligned with this.