Improved wireless connectivity for visitors and staff at the National Gallery

Real Wireless worked alongside The National Gallery to develop a wireless strategy that improves wireless connectivity for visitors and staff.  

The National Gallery recently opened its Gallery Hub – a new office featuring seven floors of collaborative workspace for over 250 gallery staff. The new space is supported by high-quality wireless connection to ensure uninterrupted support calls and mobile connectivity from the street outside to the desk. 

Real Wireless was a key partner in the delivery of the infrastructure, providing The National Gallery team with independent advice and support in their journey to accessing a quality mobile connection.  

Since this installation, The National Gallery has seen improved data rates and speeds throughout the building and is considering the possibility for the installation to be extended to other parts of the building.  

The design and installation have been funded by Shared Access, which will continue to support the site in partnership with the mobile network operators.  

Scott Kelton, Head of Wireless Built Environment at Real Wireless, said: “The team are proud to see the huge improvement in The National Gallery connectivity and to have been part of the journey that has secured connectivity for this Grade 1 listed building, which is sustainable and will work for their staff and visitors, now and in the future.”   

A key challenge The National Gallery faced was the restrictions imposed on equipment space, and ongoing site works. With this in mind, Real Wireless created a detailed specification that tackled these challenges. Once a strategy had been agreed upon, they were ready for a host within the neutral host market. 

The National Gallery appointed Shared Access as the neutral host solution. Shared Access then installed a DAS (Distributed Antenna System), which was connected by dark fibre to a BTS Hotel (base station hotel) four miles away. 

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