The Hangout Music Festival is an annual outdoor music festival that began in 2010. Held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA, it is a widely popular event sponsored by MTV. The three-day festival features some of the world’s most popular musical acts and attracts about 40,000 people every year.
JMF Solutions is a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) and wireless solution provider in the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) market. Headquartered in Daphne, Alabama, JMF delivers Internet and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services under the brand name, WaveFly, to business customers across the southeastern United States, at sites that vary in size from a small office up to a city’s entire infrastructure.
The Hangout Music Festival required reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi for festival personnel in a sprawling venue. The Wi-Fi network had to support over 2,000 devices of 70 different groups, including bands, production crews, producers, vendors, and sponsors. Most groups arrived on a single day and immediately wanted Internet and VoIP services. In many cases, a trailer would be put in place, power was connected, and broadband services started within an hour.
The primary technical challenge was RF noise from the audience and festival systems. From a generator-equipped golf cart, JMF repeatedly ran the airView® Spectrum Analyzer using airMAX® Bullet™M radios at different sites to analyze frequencies and select the proper channels and power levels for all devices.
UBIQUITI PRODUCT SOLUTION
JMF had less than a week to set up. Because UniFi is easy to deploy, the six-member team had the network up and running in two days.
“The whole process was turn-key. It was a great experience for my team… being able to set up that many access points in just a couple of days.” Mike Francis, Founder and CTO