Barrett-Jackson Chooses Airband’s Fixed-Wireless Network to Ensure 100-percent Internet Uptime at the 40th Annual Scottsdale Auction

By Auto News Log • January 10th, 2011

70 MB diverse circuit ensures Internet access for Barrett-Jackson, bidders and fans

DALLAS and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – When it comes to cars, The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company values speed and performance – the same qualities it expects from Internet access connecting its auctions with buyers and fans worldwide. That’s why Airband Communications has been named the exclusive business continuity solution for the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale from Jan. 17-23, 2011.

Internet-enabled communications are vital to the bidders and global fan base of the auto auction juggernaut that is Barrett-Jackson. During the Scottsdale auction, Barrett-Jackson will use the Internet to stream live video via their website and connect with the SPEED™ network for 40 hours of live TV coverage. High-speed data connections also links the auction to Barrett-Jackson’s headquarters to obtain buyer and selling information, as well as a closed-circuit TV for instant recall for bid discrepancies.

Airband is providing 70 MB of symmetrical bandwidth to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event via a stand-alone fixed-wireless tower, temporarily transported to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the auction. Airband’s fixed-wireless network provides a truly diverse path for mission-critical bandwidth as part of Barrett-Jackson’s business continuity plan. Airband frequently provides temporary wireless bandwidth for hospitality venues, including large convention centers, where high-speed Internet access with bandwidth of 100 MB or more is needed for short-term events.

“Barrett-Jackson pioneered Internet bidding and has created an exemplary online experience for buyers and fans by using the Internet to provide unprecedented access to virtually every facet of the auctions,” said Matt Clark, general manager of Airband’s Phoenix market. “Airband’s wireless service was chosen by Barrett-Jackson because they are committed to avoiding even a momentary disruption of Internet access due to cable cuts or weather events that can disrupt wired broadband services.”

During the 2009 auction in Scottsdale, a state of emergency was declared by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and auction attendees experienced record-setting 90 mph monsoon winds and tornado warnings; however, the Airband fixed-wireless network experienced zero downtime.

“Airband is a trusted partner for Barrett-Jackson, and they’ve proven that their fixed-wireless broadband network reliably delivers results during even the most difficult circumstances,” said Craig Jackson, CEO and Chairman of Barrett-Jackson. “Whether we’re using the Internet to support our operations, or to bring the auction excitement to fans, our Internet access will not go down. Airband’s diverse circuit guarantees that Barrett-Jackson can deliver the exciting, interactive auction experience that our passionate fans expect.”

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company specializes in providing products and services to collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Named one of the top 100 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine in 2010, Barrett-Jackson produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla., Orange County, Calif. and Las Vegas. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. Established in 1971, Barrett-Jackson is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

About Airband

Airband Communications, Inc. is the largest fixed-wireless voice and data provider for businesses in the U.S. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-speed Internet access, point-to-point data services, Voice over IP, security and other managed solutions – delivered over one of the industry’s most scalable last-mile networks. Airband bypasses the local phone and cable companies to provide faster provisioning intervals, immediate scalability and complete redundancy for its customers. Thousands of businesses nationwide already count on Airband for their broadband service. For more information, please visit www.airband.com.

Contact:

Katie Brooks
Jetstream PR for Airband
(972) 788-9456 ext. 303
brooks@jetstreampr.com

Source: Barrett-Jackson

 

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