For the ninth consecutive year, Network Designs provided access to the Library of Congress private network for the National Book Festival on the National Mall.Vienna, VA, Sep. 25 2010— Today, Network Designs, Inc (NDi) provided public access to the Library of Congress (LOC) private network from the lawn of the National Mall. The tenth annual National Book Festival, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and attended by former First Lady Laura Bush, was held in Washington, D.C., with approximately 120,000 attendees and 73 award-winning authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers in attendance.
For the ninth consecutive year for this event, NDi used wireless technology to provide live access to private LOC network assets not available through the Internet. This network supported multiple tent locations and over 50 workstations located at the main LOC Pavilion provided secure encrypted network access to the library's computer systems, demonstrating to festival-goers the broad range of services available through the Library of Congress facilities. NDI also provided voice-over-IP (VoIP) stations at the Media Pavilion, enabling dial-in and dial-out services to news reporters interviewing authors and illustrators participating at the event..
NDI integrated Cisco and Avaya technologies to deliver both encrypted broadband network and VoIP services from the National Mall lawn. "Every year, we come to this event with a new solution to overcome environmental challenges such as saturated bandwidth and marginal line-of-sight between campus communication points. We have to be creative with our antennas to work around various architecture and time constraints to ensure success," said Greg Conran, Chief Technology Officer for NDI. In this year's solution, wireless signals were successfully directed over the Capitol Building to the main LOC Pavilion, then off to several areas on the National Mall outside of direct line-of-sight, providing 50 megabits of continuous bandwidth to LOC networked computers and VoIP stations during the entire festival day said Jed Torbert – (NDi Project Manager)
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Founded in 1995, Network Designs, Inc (NDI) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Web Development & Security Solution provider. NDI excels at delivering highly usable websites, full life cycle applications, and essential security solutions to government agencies. NDI offers superior customer service to Government clients through a unique, value-added online project management tool serving customers 24 / 7 / 365.NDI holds GSA Schedule and eFAST, BITSII, CIO-SP2, CECOM Rapid Response 2, FAA, Department of State and USDA BPA contracts. Other NDI government clients include the Department of the Navy, Food and Drug Administration, US Census Bureau, Department of Transportation, and the General Services Administration. For more information, please visit NDI’s website at www.netdes.com.