IT network at Drayton consists of tills communicating with a server
down an optical fibre link. The system allocates the correct price
for each entrant (either adult, junior or senior citizen), as well
as deciding if it is peak or off peak season.
As the site is built on a 250-acre park, bandwidth requirements
over such a large area meant that optical fibre was the ideal transmission
medium. There is also the added benefit of being able to expand
the network as developments on the site take place in the future,
without hindering its performance.
Andrew McSherry, IT Manager of Drayton, discussed
the reasons behind the decision to opt for a fusion splicer. "In
the past we had used mechanical splices, which do not result in
a particularly low splice loss across the joint. Our investigations
showed us the comparative accuracy of fusion splicing, and we made
the decision to commission the installation. However, as one of
the UK’s most popular attractions, many of our busiest periods
are concentrated around bank holidays – so to allow us to
provide a high level of service at those critical times, we decided
to bring the capability in-house.
Our key objective is to continue to improve
our management of effective admission procedures and I am confident
that this system will work perfectly in conjunction with our continuing
increase in visitor numbers.
We are also seriously considering implementing the system at Drayton
Manor Hotels, where we can foresee similar benefits."
In terms of the performance of the FASE II,
Mr McSherry believed that the compact design would give the user
confidence in the field. "The FASE II is field portable, sturdy
and very easy to use. When dealing with cabinets that are positioned
at different heights above ground, it is refreshing to carry out
each installation without any concerns."
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