Bunker busting WiFi scoops top event tech award for Rugby firm Get Me Connected

About Get Me Connected:

Get Me Connected is a specialist technology company providing reliable, fast and secure WiFi connectivity to events of all sizes and in the most challenging locations. Get Me Connected used the very best technology to bring internet services to events even when there is no existing connection.

The company’s HQ is in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Contact: Adam Steadman, CEO Get Me Connected

Email: adam@get-me-connected.com

Tel: 0207 1111 656

Bringing bomb-proof WiFi to an underground nuclear bunker clinched a top industry award for event technology specialists Get Me Connected.

The company scooped the Best Venue Solution prize at the Event Technology Awards for its temporary installation at the remote ex-military site chosen as the venue for a secret party thrown by a well-known music streaming service.

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Rugby-based Get Me Connected relished the technical challenge of getting guests online in an environment built to withstand nuclear attack.

The firm’s technicians took just two days to bring fast, rock-solid WiFi to the subterranean bunker, providing reliable coverage to all party areas – essential for the high-profile host whose reputation relies on dependable music streaming.

It meant guests could access event media and content, while telling the world what a great time they were having on social media, with additional networks set up for staff, admin and event technology.

Get Me Connected was up against stiff competition including the O2 arena and Cvent. CEO Adam Steadman said: “To win such a high-profile award means a lot to us as a company. There were some very big companies in the running and we went in feeling like the underdog, so to win it was really good.”

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For the bunker party, Get Me Connected set up a 100Mbs temporary capability made up of multiple satellite and LTE connections.

To avoid congestion and allow a potentially large number of devices to connect, the newer 5Ghz spectrum was used in addition to the more common 2.4Ghz, making more channels available with a stronger signal.

The distances from ground level and the bunker meant the firm’s engineers had to establish a bespoke fibre network backbone, as traditional cabling would not have been up to the job. It resulted in capacity for more than 10,000 WiFi devices, far more than was needed by the 250 guests.

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