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Caesars Means Business

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. This includes Caesars Entertainment’s brand new state-of-the-art conference centre, which employed the skills of local firm, National Technology Associates to install a first-class BroaMan technical infrastructure.

Anyone that has been to Vegas will likely remember (used in the loosest sense of the word) snapshots of frenzied gambling, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, fine dining, and the sensory overload of neon signs and dancing fountains along the eight-mile Las Vegas Strip.

But it’s not all hotel lounges full of giant lizards and locating missing stag-do members; do you know that some people go to Vegas to actually conduct business? We know that sounds crazy, but stay with us...

Caesars Entertainment, which operates Vegas’ world-renowned Caesars Palace has announced its new expansion phase in the form of Caesars Forum, a brand new state-of-the-art conference centre.

The 550,000 sq. ft. conference centre is the newest addition to the Caesars Entertainment family, boasting 300,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and the two largest pillar-less ballrooms in the world.

Caesars Entertainment wants planning a successful meeting to be an easy and rewarding experience, and helping solve this is Caesars Forum’s close proximity to its many hotels, eliminating the need for transportation.

The forum’s website states that ‘no matter where you are, you’re never far from Caesars Entertainment’, which seems to be literally true in Vegas. In fact, Caesars Forum has direct access to Harrah’s and LINQ hotels through the Forum Sky Bridge, while the Flamingo Las Vegas is accessible through the LINQ Promenade. In addition, the conference centre is within walking distance to eight of Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas properties.

Everything Caesars Entertainment offers must be fit for an emperor, and its latest conference centre is no exception: a first-class technical infrastructure for site wide multi-signal transmission was needed for this large facility.

The BroaMan setup was nice in that it felt like a built-to-fit solution.

Locally based design and engineering specialist, National Technology Associates (NTA) has a long track record working with the Caesars Entertainment family, including LINQ promenade, the High Roller, and various restaurants and venues.

NTA was again contracted, and the firm’s project manager Shane Snell recognised at once that the building was way too big to run traditional SDI cabling, leading him to turn to a BroaMan fibre solution.

BroaMan offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing, no matter the scale or complexity. In the BroaMan environment, all open standards can be integrated: digital video, audio and data, and on the same low latency fibre infrastructure.

Snell explains that the original design had “tons of SDI cabling” – running to a total of nine IDF distribution frames.

“With 400 floor boxes going to nine comms rooms, none of them connected; there was no way to tie them all together and certainly not by using coax point-to-point cabling.

“We needed a way to tie these isolated comms closets together – without a bunch of loose gear, adapters, boxes, or anything that could be less than reliable. It also needed to be easy to use by Encore Productions, the in-house productions team who live in the world of event production where flexibility, speed and ease are key.”

A BroaMan 40x40 Route66 video router sits at the hub of the fibre network design, with 32 3G-SDI I/Os freely routed to eight Repeat48 WDM in different locations throughout the facility.