Telco Systems Puts the Tech in Tecnopolis

  • Carrier Ethernet
  • Telco Systems
MANSFIELD, MA -- In a technology theme park, the technology had better be impressive. So when the Argentinean government turned to Telefónica Argentina to create the telecommunications network for the Tecnópolis theme park in Villa Martelli, near Buenos Aires, Telefónica Argentina turned to Telco Systems for Ethernet demarcation and aggregation products. The 124-acre theme park, which opened July 15, is part of Argentina’s Tecnópolis Bicentennial Project for Science, Technology and Arts.

The park traces 200 years of history of science and technology in Argentina and was developed in conjunction with private business and industry and local universities. Visitors can see the Phoenix capsule in which the Chilean miners were rescued, visit a simulated nuclear power plant, journey into the depths of a dam, and learn about advances in nanotechnology, water purification and space exploration. More than 4,000 children a day are expected to visit the park during the original 38-day exhibition. A second phase of construction will then begin, and eventually Tecnópolis will be reopened as a permanent exhibition. The project was launched in 2010 to commemorate the bicentennial year of the May Revolution of 1810.

A Challenging Deployment
Telefónica's technology infrastructure had to support the many science, technology and art exhibitions at the park and also deliver multicast video and music, Internet access and video surveillance applications to serve the needs of the park operators and visitors.

Using a single fiber-based infrastructure, Telefónica designed an internal ring with five miles of optical fiber and 35 nodes that cover more than 200 points within the park to offer high-speed IP services. The network supports voice, audio, video and 3G cellular services through MoviStar, a major Spanish mobile phone operator owned by Telefónica Móviles. The infrastructure also supports broadband internet access throughout the park for more than 3,000 users, as well as video surveillance for park security and lighting control.

According to Andres Omar Persello, of Telefónica, “We chose the telecom equipment for the network carefully, knowing that it would be the technological heart of one of the most important government projects in Argentina. After evaluating solutions from several large equipment vendors, we chose Telco Systems to supply the demarcation and aggregation devices. We are using Telco Systems equipment in many of our networks and as such we knew that it would support the quad-play service requirement very well. As expected, Telco Systems' support in this project ensured that the turn-up went smoothly and professionally.”

Telco Systems T-Marc 300 was chosen as the termination primarily because of its ability to multiplex multiple services over each port of the device. Each service is configured with its own quality of service and priority. These devices are deployed in multiple rings aggregated over the company’s T5C-XG multilayer 10Gig aggregation switches.

Watch the video (Spanish language):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K5gpRPR6CE4#at=168

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