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Siemens sets up the largest W-LAN in France
Posted: 12-May-2003 [Source: Siemens]

[Siemens fits a W-LAN, with data rates up to 11 megabits per second, covering the entire 20,000 square meters of the Palais des Congres de Paris.]

Wireless high-speed data transfer is now a reality in the Palais des Congres de Paris. Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) has fitted out the Paris congress center to make it the largest Wireless LAN (W-LAN) hotspot in France. The W-LAN network covers the entire grounds and all the buildings. With data transmission rates of up to 11 megabits per second (170 times the speed of ISDN), visitors can now surf the internet from mobile terminals, access e-mail or follow events on the notebook.

The Siemens W-LAN network covers with its 63 access points the entire 20,000 square meter area of the Paris congress center. Network coverage is provided not only in the exhibition areas, but also in the forecourt, the halls and passages, the atrium, as well as the shopping area of the congress center. Users can therefore access information and e-mail regardless of their location and connect to the internet or their company intranet from anywhere in the center.

The Siemens solution also offers customers new services, such as the transmission of events via streaming technology. For example, visitors or exhibitors being unable to attend a particular presentation in person can, thanks to the Siemens W-LAN network, view the event (either in real-time or delayed) from anywhere on the grounds.

Access to the wireless network of the Palais des Congres de Paris is possible both via public access or via a service package supplied by the organizer. The latter, for example, can be ordered as soon as the visitor registers for the event, while the first solution is based on access via the public network. In this case, payment for the service is made using prepaid cards that are available on-site or via online credit card payments.

"The Paris W-LAN solution is an example of our ability to implement end-to-end mobile solutions," says Lothar Pauly, board member of the Information and Communication Mobile Group.

"Supporting our visitors and exhibitors during their entire stay with us was a top priority for us," said Thierry Vaneycke, head of Information and Telecommunications at the Palais des Congres de Paris. "Up to now, it was only possible to access the internet and e-mail in designated internet areas, and this was limited to specific locations and to a limited number of PCs."

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