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13.5 Million Square Foot CityCenter Metropolis Taps InnerWireless for Voice & Data Services

Some of the world's most visionary architects and gaming executives have created an unparalleled luxury experience for guests from around the globe who enjoy CityCenter's hotels, casino, and retail and entertainment district. Equally impressive is CityCenter's innovative technology, including its distributed antenna system (DAS) from InnerWireless, which scaled to deliver ubiquitous wireless coverage and capacity over more than 13.5 million square feet of CityCenter facilities.

The deployment ensures wireless connectivity for public safety personnel whose agencies connect their advanced 700MHz system directly into the InnerWireless DAS. The catalyst for CityCenter pursuing a DAS was public safety communications because CityCenter wanted to ensure that fire/rescue personnel could communicate with each other from the farthest corners of the 67-acre metropolis.

Unlike many other resorts, CityCenter chose not to limit wireless coverage for its guests to just public areas such as hotel lobbies. The DAS enables the latest amenity, comprehensive cellular phone coverage, by providing strong signals to guest smartphones and BlackBerry devices while in any of their guest rooms, hotel hallways, lobbies and even showrooms.

In addition to being a valuable amenity for CityCenter guests and visitors, the DAS meant CityCenter didn't have to buy a costly 2-way radio system for back-of-house operations; instead, CityCenter employees use their smartphones' push-to-talk functions to communicate on the InnerWireless system.

InnerWireless began working with CityCenter in 2007. To keep the project on schedule, InnerWireless coordinated with multiple CityCenter contractors and vendors because the DAS was installed in several buildings simultaneously.

With its passive hybrid architecture design, the InnerWireless DAS only has 22 powered locations across the entire CityCenter complex, unlike the thousands needed for a comparable active DAS system. Therefore, CityCenter utilizes far less power to operate the DAS, and the lower power consumption yields less heat production which lightens the burden on CityCenter's cooling systems.ÕThese features played a significant role in making CityCenter one of the world's largest environmentally sustainable developments to receive the LEED Gold certification.

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