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THE International Society for Technology (ISTE) is a national organization that promotes excellence in education through professional development focusing on the utilization of existing and emerging technologies for improving teaching techniques. There are ISTE Chapters in most states, and many have statewide meetings to gather and discuss the latest trends in education.

The Virginia Society of Technology Education (VSTE) is one of the early affiliates to the ISTE. Founded in 1986 as the Virginia Educational Computing Association and eventually becoming the VSTE, their vision is to be an influence in technological innovation in education and be recognized as an agent of change across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

When the VSTE chose to meet in December of 2018, they picked the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Located a few blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by several tourist attractions, the venue worked well for their needs.

Because this organization’s event utilizes technology for every aspect of its programming, it was imperative that they use a facility that could support their needs. The Virginia Beach Convention Center, partners with Smart City Networks, was able to provide all their networking and technology needs. The Smart City team led by General Manager, Ryan McCart, engineered a wireless network that supported over 6,000 unique users over the three-day show and utilized well over 600 Mbps of total bandwidth. Along with the robust Wi-Fi network, Ryan and his team also provided hardline drops in many locations to ensure they met all crucial needs.

Some of the discussions with various attendees indicated that this was the smoothest show they’ve had in five years. Working with our customers, meeting their needs, and surpassing their expectations is why so many facilities across the country use Smart City Networks as their Technology and Networking Partner.