The Demand

Conveniently located near MTR Kowloon Bay Station, this brand new 31-floor commercial building will offer a total of 609,027 square feet of gross floor area. Featuring ecological innovational design, quality management (ISO9001:2000 certified), high-tech security center monitoring CCTV surveillance system and lift access control system, the developer of Exchange Tower anticipates this mix of office and retail spaces to optimize rental returns.


The contractor for Exchange Tower faces requirements in building a wireless network infrastructure that covers shopping arcade public area, the sky garden, passenger lift lobbies, fireman lift lobbies and all 19 lift cars.


The Solution

After testing and evaluation, Edge-Core Dual-Band Enterprise Access Point (WA6102X), 24-port POE switch (ES3526XA-PoE) and 7-port PoE switch (ES4308-PoE) stand out from the competitors and are chosen for this project.


Offering 2 detachable diversity dual-band omni-directional antennas, and IEEE 802.11f (IAPP) compliance that enable seamless roaming, Edge-Core WA6102X wins with the flexibility for easy deployment and excellent management features. In addition, the Power-Over-Ethernet capability enables the units to be installed in any ideal location while saving the time and cost to reach power outlets. Edge-Core L2 PoE switches, ES3526XA-PoE and ES4308-PoE, are chosen because they come with simple management, QoS, security and power saving features.


One unit of ES3526XA-PoE is installed at 1st floor as the core switch, to provide long distance fiber link to the other 2 units of ES3526XA-PoE at the 15th and 25th floor. It also provides PoE links to 20 units of WA6102X in the shopping arcade at Ground and 1st floor. 2 units of ES3526XA-PoE on the 15th floor provides POE link to the WA6102X between 6th to 21st floor while other 2 units of ES3526XA-PoE at 25th floor provides POE links to the WA6102X between 20th to 31st floor.


A total of 98 units of Edge-Core Dual-Band Enterprise Access Point (WA6102X) are deployed in this office tower to provide seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout the public areas in the Exchange Tower. 19 out of these 98 units of WA6102X are stationed in the lifts, each connected to one ADSL modem. These ADSL modems are connected to another set of cable modems in the meter rooms through coaxial link, in order to extend the transmission range to the ES3526XA-PoE or ES4308-PoE.





The Result

While the flexibility and rich features of Edge-Core Access Points and PoE switches are essential to meet the requirements, its technological expertise and customer support provided is also the key to win this project. Moreover, the eco-friendly features of Edge-Core PoE switches best fit the Green Space design concept of Exchange Tower. The addition of the centralized power management (ES3526XA-PoE) and Green Saving technology (ES4308-PoE) will not only improve energy efficiency but also enhance the ‘Green Vision’ for this landmark building.