Wireless LAN for S'pore's National Day event

Wireless is king...well, at least that will hold true for Singapore's 36th National Day Parade (NDP) on August 9.

SINGAPORE--Wireless is king...well, at least that will hold true for the 36th National Day Parade (NDP) on August 9.

Specifically, a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) will be deployed at the NDP site in the National Stadium and the surrounding carparks to provide wireless Web access.

The initiative aims to provide parade commanders and NDP crew with a more efficient way of managing the event on the day, and the ability to schedule tasks while on the move, Bluengine Holdings Pte Ltd executive director Alex Lin said.

Locally-based Bluengine is providing systems integration services for the wireless LAN project.

Lin added that parade commanders and NDP crew will be equipped with wireless LAN PC card-enabled notebooks for monitoring the program line-up--such as the arrival of the VIPs--from the official NDP Web site.

A crew of national service men from the Singapore Armed Forces will be updating the Web site on-the-fly, with panoramic pictures and video feeds during the show.

With the notebooks, parade commanders can also disseminate tasks to crew members instantly, through Web broadcasting, instead of making a series of phone calls, Lin noted.

More notably, a wireless LAN environment can be deployed within 4 hours, he said, adding that the project will involve over S$120,000 worth of equipment and services sponsored by vendors including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, SingNet and Bluengine.

Equipment includes Cisco Aironet 340 base stations for wireless connectivity as well as Microsoft Sharepoint Team Service and Microsoft XP software for file sharing and workgroup collaboration. The bandwidth will be provided by SingNet.

With a wireless LAN PC card, a notebook and a network access password, reporters can also file their stories while on the move.

However, this network access is not open to the public, said Lin. "Not this year."