With support and funding from the East Midlands Development Agency, the recent new build multi-million pound “Himalaya” visitor and welcome centre opened to universal acclaim. The new site required complete network infrastructure from scratch plus the employees of the Zoo, conference visitors and public in general were in need of a reliable and robust managed wireless solution to give network access to staff and internet connection to guests.
Adaptive IT's Solution
Adaptive were responsible for the entire Cat6 networking infrastructure throughout the building supplying all the data required for Food & Beverage, Tourist Information, Merchandise and Conferencing areas whilst also providing for all of the office and back of house needs.
Associated works included both fibre and copper links to the main Norton Grange operational HQ which was required to be run externally between the two positions to facilitate telephone and network connections. This was supplied without disruption even with all of the record snowfall that had to be dealt with at the time!
After performing a detailed wireless survey which took into account the nature of the Himalaya building itself and the prospective number of users that needed to be catered for, we installed a suitable managed Wi-Fi solution from Ruckus with great results which is used by both Zoo visitors and employees.
Having visited the Zoo throughout the years as both a child and now a parent, it was great to be involved in the creation of this truly impressive structure. It was the first instance that a Snow Leopard enclosure has appeared on the site plans I was working to and was also the first time a site meeting was held up by the noise of feeding monkeys to abate! Working on a special project like this helps to show the versatility of Adaptive and how we can flourish in even the most demanding of working environments.Jonathan White