Inwit is an Italian company operating in the electronic telecommunications infrastructure sector. It is Italy’s leading tower operator and Europe’s second largest for the number of sites managed, on which the transmission equipment of all the main national operators is hosted. Inwit’s mission is to build a digital and connected society, where technology is available to everyone at all times. This is why Inwit specialises in mobile network coverage through DAS (Distributed Antenna System) infrastructures and small cells, which ensure better signal reception even in the most crowded areas, such as hospitals, museums, stadiums, stations, airports, small towns and city centres. In this case, the area on which Inwit, in partnership with SITE, focused its efforts was the National Railway Museum located in Portici (Naples), which houses a large collection of historical trains, inside the pavilions that were once used for the production of the first locomotives.
The intervention of Inwit and SITE had the goal of equipping the Railway Museum with cellular coverage that would facilitate access to a fast Internet connection available to everyone, from operators to visitors. The peculiarities of the Pietrarsa National Railway Museum led to the development of a sophisticated and minimally invasive multi-operator and multi-technology microcellular coverage, while respecting the historical nature and public use of the building. The installation had to take into account legal restrictions on electromagnetic pollution and the protection of the architectural features of historical buildings. In addition, given the building’s function as a museum, the work was calibrated to comply with the highest standards of cleanliness and order in the internal areas, reducing the movement of dust as much as possible during the installation of the systems.
In order to extend the signals of mobile phone operators, SITE’s Engineering team together with Inwit designed a targeted radio project capable of providing 95% coverage of all indoor areas where the new facility is located. For the implementation of Inwit’s new mobile network infrastructure, SITE used:
- 1,380 metres of fibre optic cable
- 1,800 metres of UTP category 6A cable
- 32 antennas for the distribution and propagation of the operators’ signal for 3G and 4G technologies
- 5 racks containing technological equipment to connect the antennas
Before the intervention of Inwit with the support of SITE, the Railway Museum had particularly poor mobile radio coverage inside the halls. The limited access to voice and data communication created disruptions for operators and visitors.
Now, thanks to the commitment of SITE and Inwit, the Museum has obtained uniform mobile radio coverage in the transmission of the network signal of the various telephone operators, allowing all users (employees, visitors and suppliers) to avail of a fast connection of the highest quality and to fully enjoy all the multimedia experiences offered by the Museum. Voice and/or data communication services are now guaranteed even in areas previously lacking security and traditional telephone systems.