We were approached by the event organisers to provide secure card payment services for the show gate entry points to allow visitors to pay by card for entry to the show and for the 600+ traders to be able to take card payments during the 2 day event.
The big challenge was that the event is held in a very rural location on 300 acres of farmland which meant getting broadband to the site in order to provide the payment services required by the event brief.
Broadband Internet – We provided a total of 6 satellite connections totaling 100Mpbs download and 40Mbps upload with a backup satellite and 3G/4G fail over connectivity. This would allow card payment units to connect and for the event organisers to have internet access in the main organisers tent.
Wi-Fi Network – Point to point Wi-Fi points were installed at the show entry gates and trader areas which then connected back to a central Wi-Fi 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 a secure, encrypted, Wi-Fi network for taking payments and the event organisers.
Payment Services – We provided a secure, PCI-DSS compliant, Wi-Fi network in order to take card payments. We provided contact less PDQ card machines, all pre-configured prior to being brought to the show site and connected to a temporary wired network at each group of entry gates, all supplied and supported by the onsite SimpliWIFi team. At the end of the show day the onsite support team will also carry out the end of day reporting and clear down the PDQ units.