Just kidding! :-) The award is for the Cincinnati Museum Center at the Cincinnati Union Terminal. The Cincinnati Union Terminal was, however, the inspiration for the Hall of Justice from the '60's TV show!
Cincinnati Union Terminal was a significant development in the history of Cincinnati transportation. One of the last great train stations built, Union Terminal is a Cincinnati icon and one of the most widely regarded examples of the Art Deco style. Since its opening in 1933, Union Terminal has had a long and storied history, from welcoming soldiers home from World War II to becoming the home of three museums, an OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.
After more than a year of planning, intensive design work and thorough probing and analysis by preservation architects, the real construction work on Union Terminal is underway. The restoration of Union Terminal requires a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and history as modern construction and engineering techniques blend with early 20th century materials and design to save iconic Union Terminal.
As a part of the restoration project of the Cincinnati Union Terminal, Vision Technologies has been awarded a contract to provide the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) with a Passive Optical Network infrastructure. This building is arguably one of the most significant national historic landmarks in America today. The City of Cincinnati recognizes the importance of this building for not only the culture of its people but also local economy. This $212.7 million renovation project is a citizen-driven initiative to bring the building to the future. As the world quickly migrates to a mobile first environment, the CMC recognizes this shift and wants to bring the museum to the future for its customers. Vision will provide an infrastructure system that will support the CMC client as well as aide in providing a state-of-the-art museum experience.
With over 1.4 million visitors annually, the CMC recognized the need to keep up in the information age. Leading up to the renovation, the number one complaint from their customers was the ability to use social media while in the museum. The Passive Optical Network infrastructure will help future proof the building. The CMC will not only be able to provide a state-of-the-art museum experience, but they will be able to allow their internet presence grow.
Vision is providing a Tellabs PON solution supporting over 1900 Ethernet ports throughout the facility. The Passive Optical Network will facilitate an efficient networking environment for all of the digital systems throughout the museum. Riding over the PON will be the Audio/Visual equipment, Security devices, WIFI, data infrastructure, and VOIP. In addition to the network electronics, Vision is also providing the network management software application, and training/support for the CMC staff. The system was designed to enable future growth and flexibility for any Ethernet application.