Hybrid Infrastructure: Undertaking WLAN Assessment to Support Expansion

IKEA undertakes Thomas Duryea Logicalis WLAN Assessment to support its expansion plan

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IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer, which designs and sells ready-to-assemble furnitures, appliances and home accessories. IKEA opened its store in Sydney early 1975 and now has five stores operating across Australia.

Challenge
In 2010 IKEA had aggressive expansion plans with the opening of new stores and warehouses. To support their business growth, IKEA wanted to provide WiFi coverage for its distribution centre. It was crucial for IKEA to deploy a customised WLAN solution because of the interior setting of the warehouse environment which has narrow aisles with high storage racks in a huge built-up space.
IKEA was looking for a reliable partner to provide a pre-wireless survey to locate access points and antenna directions.

The partner was also required to undertake a pre-survey evaluatation of the WLAN’s performance while providing hardware and maintenance support.

Solution
Thomas Duryea Logicalis (TDL) executed a WLAN Assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IKEA’s current WiFi coverage. The survey also looked for other significant WLAN networks and sources of non-802.11 interference on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency spectrums.

The results from the site audit identified the optimal placement of access points and provided an understanding of how the wireless signals would be attenuated in the aisles. It also identified various surfaces where signals could potentially be reflected or absorbed.

Benefits
The pre-survey results helped IKEA to deploy an appropriate WLAN solution. The results from the survey clearly outlined the current strength and weaknesses of IKEA’s current connectivity and also identified potiential areas for placement of access points and antennas. TDL provided IKEA with diagrams and drawings that would help them to deploy an effective wireless LAN solution, taking into account signal strength and noise level throughout the warehouse.