SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced the deployment of the Wireless Arrays across the prestigious 30,000 square metre Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), located in Melbourne, Australia. The centerpiece of Melbourne's new South Warf development and the first '6 Star Green Star' environmentally-rated convention centre in the world, the MCEC represents world leadership in best practice, innovation, and sustainability, and continues to raise the bar to new heights in technology and service options. The new Xirrus Wi-Fi network easily scales to support the 52 rooms, grand banquet room, entry level foyer, and the 5,550+ state-of-the-art plenary that can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate theatres.

"Technology for us is one of our key points of differentiation. We opened the Melbourne Convention Centre in 2009, and technology was one of our flagship paces for the venue," said Michael Walsh, director of technology operations at MCEC. "We have the latest audio visual element of all of our clients, and all the latest IT capabilities for networking, both fixed and wireless telecommunications and computing."

"There has been a growing demand in the market for high density wireless," added Walsh. "In the last 2 years, we have seen a real increase in the number of wireless devices that people have with them at business events. Two or three years ago it was purely laptops, now we're finding a lot more people carrying a laptop, an iPad or other tablet device, and an iPhone or other smart phone, so any user come in can have up to 3 different wireless devices with them at all times, which all want to associate with a network."

The MCEC had a conventional wireless system in place, but it could not support the growing client demand for wireless connectivity, despite only being a few years old. Due to the mounting trouble tickets and complaints from clients, the MCEC sought a new wireless network that would be robust and dynamic enough to support a few hundred to 10,000+ concurrent devices in a given day.

"We found the Xirrus system to be an incredibly dependable system. The Wireless Arrays and the Xirrus Management System have been absolutely rock solid for us," he added. "We had a large conference a week ago with 8,500 internet connections and no support tickets the entire time, which was an amazing experience for us, and obviously our clients were exceptionally happy with that as well."

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus' Array-based solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances with wired-like reliability and superior security. The Xirrus wireless solutions provide a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to the education, healthcare, government and enterprise industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Xirrus is a privately held company that designs and manufactures its products and solutions in the USA. For more information please visit: and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

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