Secret Garden party
The Secret Garden Party is known for its unique and immersive experience, combining music, art installations, theatrical performances, and a variety of interactive activities. The festival aims to build a creative and inclusive atmosphere where attendees can escape from the ordinary and engage with their surroundings in imaginative ways.
2023 was our first year at SGP. We provided Wi-Fi and networking across the entire festival site, over a 6 week period. Reliability was key, as there is no permanent infrastructure on site. We provided a wireless leased line for guaranteed bandwidth and backed this up with a local FTTP and multiple satellites. It was key to the organisers that the traders network was reliable, as previously their bars had experienced costly issues taking payments. To ensure the highest possible up time, we worked with the site team to fly all cable connections on site. The additional work paid off with 0 cable breaks over the event.
The site needed to cater for up to 3000 concurrent users, so a robust solution and access control was essential. Instead of a traditional SSID and password, which can easily be abused and flood the network, we used 802.1x (WPA2 Enterprise). In conjunction with our proprietary organiser dashboard, this give every user an individual login and password, with a limit on the number of devices they could connect.
Our organisers dash gave the event team the ability to have complete control over access to the wireless networks on site, as well as real-time updates on trader Wi-Fi bookings. This allowed them to add or remove access to users at any time, control how many devices each could have and what network they were on, all without the need to contact our team on site or the NOC.