Picking up the Pace: Temporary Cell Tower Provides Extended Coverage for Preakness

This past weekend, more than 100,000 people filled the stands and in-field for the 144th running of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Events of this size often lead to a sudden increase in mobile traffic, which can bog down network service preventing users from being able to make a call, send a text or use data. In preparation for the crowd, KCI’s Communications Infrastructure team installed a matsing antenna, or temporary cell tower, at the site.

Matsing Antenna
Carriers often erect these temporary structures at large events in order to ensure customers are able to maintain a positive experience with their service.

Typically installed a few days or weeks prior to the big event, a matsing ball, a white spherical system that houses RF Lens multi-beam antennas, can be mounted on a tower to help divide and balance wireless traffic. The sphere is able to receive and transmit waves from multiple directions and distribute data traffic evenly based on the crowd’s usage. Our team was responsible for configuring the temporary cell tower equipment to accommodate the event’s requirements.

Matsing Wires
KCI technicians removed all the old equipment and outfitted the shielded cabinets with the newest network enhancements.

Since technology is constantly evolving, crews had to install the latest improvements and upgrades. Technicians then used bucket trucks and other equipment to connect, test and optimize the fiber and coax system. Once set up, the matsing antenna helped to provide capacity improvements, prevented the network from becoming overloaded and alleviated the burden on stationary towers. Now that the event is over, our technicians will dismantle the equipment and start preparing it for the next needed deployment.