FREE Wi-Fi Areas Expanded at Duke Energy Convention Center through Smart City Networks

April 18, 2012

Cincinnati, OH – The Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) in Cincinnati, Ohio continues to be a leader in technology trends, adding two additional public areas with free Wi-Fi. Thanks to their partnership with Smart City Networks, DECC now offers free Wi-Fi areas on all three floors of the convention center in designated public areas. Complete layout of floor plans and additional information are available at

Public areas where free Wi-Fi is available will be clearly marked. Within those locations, basic web browsing is available and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to access the network will be posted. Most visitors to the DECC use Wi-Fi to check email or access websites. The network implemented in the building will meet these basic needs and supports thousands of users at once. The designated areas were chosen specifically because it’s where guests tend to congregate such as the Espresso Café and outside meeting and ballrooms.

“Duke Energy Convention Center is one of the most technological-advanced convention centers in the United States,” said Chris Pendleton, General Manager of Technology Services for Smart City, on-site at DECC.“ The services available offer a variety of buyout and sponsorship opportunities for hot spots facility-wide, which has growing popularity.”

“Duke Energy Convention Center is thrilled to have Smart City Networks as our exclusive internet and telecommunications provider,” states Ric Booth, General Manager at DECC ”Having the most advanced technology only adds to what we can offer our visitors and customers.”

Founded over 25 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 35 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call 702-943-6000 or visit

The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Global Spectrum and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 36 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping cuisine caterer. For details on the convention center or to book an exhibit or space visit or call 513-419-7304.

Thera A. Wright│ Marketing Manager

Duke Energy Convention Center │ Managed by Global Spectrum

525 Elm Street │ Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-419-7313 │ Fax: 513-419-7327

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