Project Description

Herefordshire Country Fair

The Challenge

We were approached by the event organisers with an aspiration to be able to provide guest Wi-Fi for the 15,000+ visitors to their annual show as well as secure payment services for traders.

The big challenge was that the event is held in a very rural location on 10 acres of farmland which meant getting broadband to the site in order to provide the various Wi-Fi enabled services required by the event brief.

The Solution

Broadband Internet – We provided a total of 5 satellite connections totaling 100Mpbs download and 55Mbps upload with a backup satellite and 3G/4G fail over connectivity.  This would allow up to 3000 visitors to connect at the same time without impact of service.

Wi-Fi Network – A site wide network was setup comprising of multiple access points around the site connecting back to a central cluster located at the top of a 15m mast.  The Wi-Fi system has full fail over in case something failed and is able to provide access to visitors and traders via a guest Wi-Fi network and a secure, encrypted, Wi-Fi network for taking payments.

Payment Services – We already had a secure, PCI-DSS compliant, Wi-Fi network in place so adding traders to it in order to take card payments is very easy to do.  For those traders that did not have their own devices or merchant accounts we were able to provide them with either Bluetooth enabled iZettle devices that can link to any Wi-Fi enabled Bluetooth device such as a phone or tablet.  Those traders that had their own merchant accounts we provided full PDQ card units with contact less pay enabled.  All fully supported by our onsite support team.

Event Feedback

“We are very pleased with the service provided by SimpliWiFi, they provided a very professional team and feedback from visitors and traders was very positive, we look forward to working with SimpliWiFi again next year.”

Jayne Porchester, Show Director, Herefordshire Country Fair.