Resort implements fibre network

AUTHOR: Inavate

IVC Media has been contracted to design and build a centralised AV, IT resort security and access control management fibre infrastructure for a resort on the islands off the coast of West Africa. The network at the Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa will provide fast internet access, multi-channel high definition TV capabilities, video on demand, telephony, fire detection, door entry systems and CCTV.

Owned by The Resort Group, Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa will consist of a variety of bars and restaurants, pools and relaxation areas, a beach club, gymnasium, shops, 52 villas, 306 apartments, 14 hotel suites and a Sol Meliá brand Yhi spa. The entire Resort will be operated Sol Meliá, under its luxury 5-Star MELIÁ brand. The £1.1 million (€1.3 million) IVC network will provide multiple services to the resort including: fast internet access, multi-channel high definition TV capabilities, video on demand, telephony, fire detection, door entry systems and CCTV all controlled by a remotely monitored, centralised management system.

“IVC Media’s experience implementing some of the world’s leading AV and IT installations will allow us to supply and install every element of a complete working unified communications system for the entire Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa that is easy to manage and maintain,” confirms Ray Harding, managing director of IVC Media. “By implementing the latest fibre backbone technology we have been able to realise The Resort Group’s vision of a future-proofed, high bandwidth capacity network that supplies multiple services to numerous dwellings while maintaining optimum performance.”

“We chose IVC Media because of the company’s vast experience in the installation of large AV and IT projects and the clear understanding of our customers’ needs,” added Andrew Lawson, development & construction director of The Resort Group. “The innovative use of fibre technology is new to the hotel and resort industry and will ensure each of our dwellings has a downstream capability of over 2 Gbit/s ready for when suitable bandwidth becomes available on the Island. The fibre technology is way beyond the potential of a standard broadband system and will ensure we have the capacity for the interactive services of the future.”

The IVC system will take advantage of a GPON (Passive Optical Network) which is a point-to-multipoint, fibre-to-the-premises network architecture using optical splitters deployed across the resort site. In this way, a single optical fibre will be used to serve multiple premises, reducing the amount of fibre and central office equipment required compared with a point-to-point architecture.

Construction at the 74,843 m² Cape Verde Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa is now underway with a phased completion programme, where the first villas will be handed over from March 2010.