21st-century Wi-Fi for 800-year-old castle

by One magazineCustomer Stories31/01/2017

21st-century Wi-Fi for 800-year-old castle


Bilzen Mysteries is a sound and light show in the Grand Commandery Alden Biesen, when up to 200 visitors take a guided tour with the help of a tablet. To make this possible, the Wi-Fi network in and around the castle was given a major upgrade.

Grand Commandery Alden Biesen
  • The heritage site in Bilzen dates back to 1220. 
  • After a serious fire in 1971, the estate was meticulously restored. 
  • The castle estate is now an international culture and congress centre. 
Bilzen Mysteries
  • Since October 2016, a multimedia walk has been organized in and around the castle after dusk: ‘Bilzen Mysteries’.
  • With a tablet in their hand, visitors are guided round the estate for an hour by Lord Biesen, a (virtual) role taken on by Jan Decleir. 
  • Over the next seven years, the tour will take place several times per evening. 
Wi-Fi everywhere in just a few months
  • To make this show possible, the Wi-Fi network in and around the estate had to be substantially extended and improved. 
  • Up to 200 visitors had to be able to follow the show at the same time via the wireless network.
  • The coverage had to be optimal in the grounds and in the castle. 
  • The work had to be completed in just a few months. 
Synchronized with the show
  • HB-plus, Proximus and The Facility Company (Flemish government) prepared a design for the extension of the network based on the requirements of Bilzen Mysteries.
  • Trenches were dug to lay extra fiberglass cabling.
  • Network equipment was added and/or replaced and a great many extra Wi-Fi antennae were installed. 
  • The coverage was optimal everywhere and tablets remained synchronized with the sound and light show to within a millisecond. 
Mission complete
  • Two tests for staff and guests went off perfectly. 
  • In mid-December, the estate hosted the weekly Flemish Council of Ministers, task force meeting and then a press conference afterwards. Everyone who attended (ministers, press,  cabinet staff, etc.) was able to use the new Wi-Fi network without a hitch.
  • The Grand Commandery Alden Biesen has a high-performance Wi-Fi network right down to the smallest detail.
  • The work was carried out in a very short time.
  • The excellent synchronization with the sound and light show ensures an optimal visitor experience. 

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