3 weeks ago
Very large outdoor UniFi installation with all the bells and whistles
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Location
Morrison, CO, USA
Description

Bandimere Speedway in Morrison CO (a western suburb of Denver) is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year. We have worked with them for several years now, and they decided it was time they added site-wide WiFi to their operation. They have always been on the cutting edge of technology – Bandimere was the first NHRA track ever to use Fiber Optic Cable for it's timing system – and we felt this was a perfect opportunity to do the same for large scale WiFi and networking as well.NationalsSm.jpg

 

The venue is approximately 1 mile long by ¼ mile wide, over 150 acres total. They needed coverage over almost the entire area, with the exception (for now) of the parking lots. On big race weekends they can see 25,000 people on site, plus the venue itself needed WiFi access for their ticketing systems, 3rd-party vendor POS systems, Security etc. They already had a small WiFi system covering specific entrance gates for ticketing, but they needed better coverage and decided to add complete Public WiFi for guests at the same time in addition to their internal systems.CrowdsWideSm.jpg

 

All the equipment used is Ubiquiti. Units used include

USG-8-XG
US-16-XG
US-48-L2
US-8-150
US-16-150
UAS-XG
UAP-BaseStation XG
UAP-SHD
UAP-Mesh + UMA-D
UAP-Mesh Pro

ER6
ER12
ES10
ES10XP
ER-X
ER-X SFP
EdgePoint S16
EdgePower
ES-12-Fiber

AirFiber LTU
AirFiber 5X
PrismStation5
IsoStation5AC
LiteBeam5AC
NanoBeam5AC

UVC-G3
UVC-G3 Pro
UVC-Flex

BaseStaInstSm.jpg

 

Most locations had AC power available but we do have several places on site using Solar Power as the cost to run AC power would be too high. And a number of portable battery powered AirOS PtP links feeding UAP WiFi Access Points for temporary coverage in seldom used places. All controlled/monitored by the UniFi Controller running on a UAS-XG with both UNMS and an NVR instance running as well.RackSm2.jpg

 

In all over 100 separate UBNT devices were installed throughout the Speedway, wireless, fiber, routers, switches, cameras – pretty much everything you can think of.CrowdSm.jpg

 

This past weekend was the 2018 NHRA Mile High Nationals, the biggest event of the year for Bandimere. The weeks before were made up of lots of 14+ hour days getting things installed, and a number of problems came up, from outside vendors (who shall remain nameless) not getting Internet connections installed in time, to failed fiber runs on the old cable on site (which will all be upgraded/replaced soon) but all the UBNT equipment worked flawlessly, and Friday morning the core of the venue (Track, Race Tower, Pitts, TEC area,Public seating) was up and working. Even without any advertising or promotion of the WiFi being there, close to 2000 people connected into and used the system and there were zero problems or failures.NationalsNorthSmall.jpg

 

Lots remains to be done, and we will be working with Bandimere to get it all finished for the remainder of the 2018 season (which runs through October) and even more upgrades are being planned for next season, including some very slick live video feeds for on-site real-time race viewing (all UBNT of course) and possibly even an on-site private GPON system. More stories on specific areas/products used so far will be posted in the next few weeks (after we all get some rest ;-) including on the Solar installations, the EdgeMax, LTU and AirOS AC stuff, the core systems and the management tools

 

BandimereStatsPt1.png

This was taken after the event Sunday was over - gives an idea of how many people found the network on their own and connected in.   No complaints from anyone, and the National Race Teams made extensive use of the system throughout and said it was one of the best systems they had ever used.   Once we finish hooking everything up and advertise the fact that the system is there I'm expecting to see a tenfold increase in usage for an event this size.

Jim 

Very large outdoor UniFi installation with all the bells and whistles

by 3 weeks ago

Bandimere Speedway in Morrison CO (a western suburb of Denver) is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year. We have worked with them for several years now, and they decided it was time they added site-wide WiFi to their operation. They have always been on the cutting edge of technology – Bandimere was the first NHRA track ever to use Fiber Optic Cable for it's timing system – and we felt this was a perfect opportunity to do the same for large scale WiFi and networking as well.NationalsSm.jpg

 

The venue is approximately 1 mile long by ¼ mile wide, over 150 acres total. They needed coverage over almost the entire area, with the exception (for now) of the parking lots. On big race weekends they can see 25,000 people on site, plus the venue itself needed WiFi access for their ticketing systems, 3rd-party vendor POS systems, Security etc. They already had a small WiFi system covering specific entrance gates for ticketing, but they needed better coverage and decided to add complete Public WiFi for guests at the same time in addition to their internal systems.CrowdsWideSm.jpg

 

All the equipment used is Ubiquiti. Units used include

USG-8-XG
US-16-XG
US-48-L2
US-8-150
US-16-150
UAS-XG
UAP-BaseStation XG
UAP-SHD
UAP-Mesh + UMA-D
UAP-Mesh Pro

ER6
ER12
ES10
ES10XP
ER-X
ER-X SFP
EdgePoint S16
EdgePower
ES-12-Fiber

AirFiber LTU
AirFiber 5X
PrismStation5
IsoStation5AC
LiteBeam5AC
NanoBeam5AC

UVC-G3
UVC-G3 Pro
UVC-Flex

BaseStaInstSm.jpg

 

Most locations had AC power available but we do have several places on site using Solar Power as the cost to run AC power would be too high. And a number of portable battery powered AirOS PtP links feeding UAP WiFi Access Points for temporary coverage in seldom used places. All controlled/monitored by the UniFi Controller running on a UAS-XG with both UNMS and an NVR instance running as well.RackSm2.jpg

 

In all over 100 separate UBNT devices were installed throughout the Speedway, wireless, fiber, routers, switches, cameras – pretty much everything you can think of.CrowdSm.jpg

 

This past weekend was the 2018 NHRA Mile High Nationals, the biggest event of the year for Bandimere. The weeks before were made up of lots of 14+ hour days getting things installed, and a number of problems came up, from outside vendors (who shall remain nameless) not getting Internet connections installed in time, to failed fiber runs on the old cable on site (which will all be upgraded/replaced soon) but all the UBNT equipment worked flawlessly, and Friday morning the core of the venue (Track, Race Tower, Pitts, TEC area,Public seating) was up and working. Even without any advertising or promotion of the WiFi being there, close to 2000 people connected into and used the system and there were zero problems or failures.NationalsNorthSmall.jpg

 

Lots remains to be done, and we will be working with Bandimere to get it all finished for the remainder of the 2018 season (which runs through October) and even more upgrades are being planned for next season, including some very slick live video feeds for on-site real-time race viewing (all UBNT of course) and possibly even an on-site private GPON system. More stories on specific areas/products used so far will be posted in the next few weeks (after we all get some rest ;-) including on the Solar installations, the EdgeMax, LTU and AirOS AC stuff, the core systems and the management tools

 

BandimereStatsPt1.png

This was taken after the event Sunday was over - gives an idea of how many people found the network on their own and connected in.   No complaints from anyone, and the National Race Teams made extensive use of the system throughout and said it was one of the best systems they had ever used.   Once we finish hooking everything up and advertise the fact that the system is there I'm expecting to see a tenfold increase in usage for an event this size.

Jim 

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Comments
by
3 weeks ago

Awesome write up!!!

by
3 weeks ago

Awesome write up and can't wait for more info that you stated is coming soon!

by
3 weeks ago

Impressive! How do you design the guest networks? Do you split them up into separate VLANs / AP with small subnets or info one VLAN with a large subnet ?

by
3 weeks ago

rdahlin

Impressive! How do you design the guest networks? Do you split them up into separate VLANs / AP with small subnets or info one VLAN with a large subnet ?

 

That's still a work in progress - for this weekend we just left it as one big /18 network with the USG DHCPing all the guests.   Our devices are all statically set.   There are plans to do Captive Portal and VLANs and logins via QR code on ticket stubs and a lot of other stuff in future.

Jim

by
3 weeks ago

Keep us posted c'se i'm interested in large guest networks and how they are planned, designed and implemented in many perspectives.

by
3 weeks ago

very nice and internsting writeup , can i please know the max-client/acces point rate you hade on the SHD and the basestation ,such analyses from such high density place will be very usefull 

by
3 weeks ago

Over this weekend we only saw a maximum of around 80 clients on the BaseStations, but again zero promotion or notification of the WiFi was done - once that is done on a regular basis we expect to see much higher utilizations.   Exactly where this will fall depends on the users - I see large venues reporting anywhere from 10% to 50% of the people there using a WiFi, but that totally depends on the venue and the users.   We did see an increasing connections and bandwidth during the couple of rain delays, so people did use it more when the races weren't happening, as you would expect.

Jim

by
3 weeks ago

I'm the head of IT out at Sonoma Raceway and I love seeing how other tracks get IT done. This is fantastic, thank you for posting!

by
3 weeks ago

I drive by here all the time, glad to know it's now Unifi'd!

by
3 weeks ago

Was there on Friday. Did Nerd out. Thanks for the write-up.

 

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