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  • IMOLA - KATHREIN equips the famous autodrome with K-Bow



Kathrein has optimised mobile communication coverage at the world-famous “Autodromo Imola” in collaboration with system integrator SITE. Kathrein’s innovative K-BOW system was installed at the complex of the former Formula 1 race track. More than 350,000 visitors come every year to the venue to watch motor races, concerts and other events.

Reliable mobile coverage with high data rates during big events is an important criterion to ensure that visitors and journalists are satisfied. Numerous modifications to existing buildings and the remodelling of outdoor areas into additional event locations compelled the operators of the autodrome in Imola to install a system which provides for a stable, ubiquitous and powerful signal coverage in all areas of the complex.

The “Autodromo Imola” is now the first sports and event complex to be equipped with Kathrein’s innovative micro C-RAN system. K-BOW offers visitors and media representatives the best possible signal quality and high data transmission rates at any time and anywhere. Coverage is provided to offices and conference rooms on all floors and outdoors to the terrace, two event areas and the grandstands.
Customised scenario management

The ambitious project was completed within a very short time. Not even five months passed from the time the authorities in Bologna had given their approval to the initial operation of the system. The particular challenge was to provide networking across all floors of the entire building complex, while at the same time integrating all outdoor areas at the property which are frequented by visitors during the events.

“For us, the scenario management provided by Kathrein and SITE was like hitting the jackpot. It was exactly the solution that we were looking for. It enables us to pre-configure different scenarios depending on the type of event and provide our hot spots with data volumes exactly where and to the amount needed, even when we have a high number of visitors. This includes peak times, for example during rock concerts or motorsports events,” says Pier Giovanni Ricci, General Manager at Formula Imola S.p.A. Ricci gives a very positive review: “With the K-BOW system, we are well set for the future and ready for the increasing demands on data traffic and transmission rates.”
Flexibility and modularity were the determining factors

The fact that the “Autodromo Imola” was equipped with the K-BOW system is due to the system integrator SITE. The headquarters of SITE are in Bologna, a city close to Imola. They have been closely collaborating with Kathrein for several years now. The solution was developed and introduced in jointly held presentations and workshops. “We were impressed by the overall K-BOW package,” says Ing. Stefano Cremonini, Head of Engineering Division at SITE S.p.A. “The key benefits of the system are its flexibility and modular structure. We can route the required capacities to the respective reception sectors and offer the visitors steady and stable mobile coverage throughout the entire autodrome.”

For SITE, the K-BOW installation at the Autodromo Imola is only the first step of an even bigger project. In an ambitious outlook into the future, SITE plans, in collaboration with the network operator WIND, to expand the mobile capacities from the base station at the autodrome to the city centre of Imola one kilometre away.

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Formation K-Bow


KATHREIN était heureux de proposer une nouvelle session de formation de notre solution K-BOW pour le groupe ORANGE. Merci aux nombreux participants pour l'intérêt porté à notre In Building Solution. Une première session s'est déroulée en septembre.


Hennessy Park Hotel - K-Bow




Wifi Integration - K-Bow





  • Ile Maurice - KATHREIN met en Service le Premier Système K-Bow au monde

Kathrein has recently fitted a hotel complex on the island of Mauritius with its new indoor mobile communications system K-BOW. This has enabled the Hennessy Park Hotel, located in the trendsetting technology park Ebène Cybercity, to optimise mobile network coverage in its buildings. Network operator Emtel – which is based in the Cybercity – plans to apply the innovative system on a large scale throughout the approximately 60-hectare park. The technology site is considered an important bridge between Africa and Asia.

Reliable mobile network coverage and high data throughput rates are among the most important criteria for hotels in their efforts to ensure customer satisfaction. The Hennessy Park Hotel is the first building complex in the world to be fitted with Kathrein’s innovative Micro C-RAN system. K-BOW offers hotel guests the very best signal quality and high data throughput rates at all times, throughout the premises. Mobile network coverage is provided in the conference rooms, bars and restaurants on the ground floor and in the spa and fitness centre, assembly hall and offices on the first floor, and all guest rooms.
Project implemented within a very short time

Located near the island's capital of Port Louis, the project was completed within a very short space of time: just 45 days passed from the start of planning to initial operation of the system. “We managed this due to smooth collaboration with our customer Emtel”, says Kathrein project manager Saroof Aungraheeta. “It was quite a challenge to install K-BOW while the hotel was still operating as normal. The aim was to ensure that our work did not cause inconvenience to the guests.” Aungraheeta says that everything was coordinated carefully with the hotel management and worked out well as a result.

Mobile network operator Emtel has collaborated closely with Kathrein for many years. This solution was presented at a joint technology workshop: “We were impressed by the overall K-BOW package,” says Paul Valette, CTO of Emtel. “The key benefits are its flexibility and modular structure, and it means we can guarantee our customers excellent coverage throughout the hotel complex. It was important for us to save on energy and costs, too.”
K-BOW to be used throughout Cybercity

Emtel will implement K-BOW throughout the entire technology park so as to ensure the Cybercity enjoys the best possible mobile network coverage. One specific technical aspect of the solution is of particular benefit to the company: the central hub of the Kathrein system connected to the base station is located at Emtel’s company headquarters. From here, the distribution stations in the approximately 60 different buildings can be linked via fibre optic cable and controlled by means of a network monitoring centre.

Putting the Hennessy Park Hotel system into service was the first step on the way to providing mobile network coverage for the entire Cybercity. “I would like to congratulate the K-BOW team on this milestone achievement and also thank our customer Emtel for their excellent cooperation,” says Joe Doering, CSO of the Kathrein Group, commenting on the successful launch of the pilot project in Mauritius. “K-BOW is now a reality - and we’re providing a groundbreaking communication system for a leading technology site.”
80 per cent of data traffic is in buildings

K-BOW is a pioneering technology that addresses the question of how to manage exploding data throughput rates in mobile communication. It is now true to say that more than 80% of mobile data traffic occurs inside buildings. The K-BOW system is flexible and allows capacity to be provided where it is actually needed. It is compatible with all network operators, frequency bands and mobile communication standards, including the latest mobile network generations like LTE Advanced.