Located in the southern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Pinewood Forest is a mixed-use community that will eventually include 700 homes and 600 apartments on 234 acres. This community’s upscale design, amenities, and close proximity to Pinewood Atlanta Studios are uniquely suited for young artists, actors, writers, and creative professionals. Co-living quarters, shared living spaces, and plenty of outdoor living spaces are designed to foster community, social gatherings, and in-person connections.
The developers of Pinewood Forest view wireless connectivity within their community as a requirement, and just as important a utility as water and electric. They wanted residents to have ubiquitous connectivity throughout the community, whether they are in a home, at the pool, in a shop, or anywhere in the community’s 118 acres of parks and green space.
BIG Wireless was hired to extend the community’s wireless network into public spaces. For Phase 1 of this project, this included the pool and common areas; Phase 2 (under construction) will include coverage for the walking paths and tennis courts.
BIG Wireless worked with the site planners and architects to specify underground conduit size, AP locations, and needs for power and fiber. When community planners include wireless as a utility like this project did, it means the infrastructure can be seamlessly incorporated into the site design, instead of added on after the community is built.
A challenge for any public wireless network is how to place access points in unobtrusive places. We used a fiberglass bollard that mimics outdoor pathway lighting, so that the wireless APs are invisible to the community.
Thanks to BIG Wireless, Pinewood Forest has a wireless network that is fast, reliable, and accessible in outdoor public places. Residents can log onto the community WiFi in their home, then take their device outside and still be connected to the same network. This connectivity enhances collaboration and creativity for the writers, artists, and working professionals living in the community.
In addition, Pinewood Forest’s maintenance workers rely on the wireless network to create and track work orders with accurate location information.
Implementation Date: August 2019
Timeline: 18 months from planning to implementation
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