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DeVos Place Is Unwired
GRAND RAPIDS — DeVos Place offers exhibitors wireless capability if so desired. All Internet connectivity requests are outsourced to ISG/Leapfrog. Through its own broadband connection, Leapfrog can turn DeVos Place into a hotspot.
“That building was really well thought out as far as the architecture and design,” Leapfrog president Dan Horne said. “They did a tremendous job. Any exhibitor that comes in that wants to hook up, there is a way to hook them up.”
Depending on the exhibitor’s desires, Leapfrog can provide wireless access or set up a booth with wired access, either by copper or fiber-optics.
“We have a full-fiber backbone,” said Steve Miller, sales director of SMG, the company that operates DeVos Place, “Our Internet connections are hardwired into each of our four boxes and into each of our meeting rooms. (Exhibitors) fill out an order for what they need and Dan’s guys come in and hook up all the machines for them.”
Leapfrog’s broadband service is also scalable. For large events, the bandwidth can be turned up; at other times it can be turned down.
Some shows even open up the use of the exhibition hall’s hotspot, providing an Internet café for guests.
Leapfrog also provides Internet service at VanAndel Arena. Unlike DeVos Place, the arena’s hotspot is not always on. When wireless access is desired, like at the Eagles concert two weeks ago, the hotspot can easily be turned on.
Leapfrog is Grand Rapids’ leading provider of wireless broadband access, with three broadcast stations in the metro area.
Next month, it will expand that service to Holland.