YMCA and Ben Lomand partner to increase bandwidth at the facility
By Rima Austin | September 13, 2018 10:34 am
Exercise is a booming industry, and working out seems to be a favorite pastime for a lot of people. The only downside to it is the rising costs that are associated with joining a health club.
There was a time when the YMCA was not thought of as a mainstream health club. Its lack of technology has always been one of the reasons it was thought of as not being competitive. This has changed. The Sparta- White County Family YMCA recently had fiber optics installed at their facility to bump the speed of the Wi-Fi, and Ben Lomand, the company responsible for the upgrade, said they are not stopping there.
“It is secure in this building, everyone has to have a password to sign in,” said David Williams, Ben Lomand combination technician and member of the YMCA Board. “We are about to install a camera system where the board members can watch the facility through an app on their phone.”
When asked if that service was offered to other customers at Ben Lomand, Ben Lomand District Manager David Vaughn said that it is.
“We offer home security, cameras, DVRs, and cloud-based storing systems,” said Vaughn. “We offer Total Connect where people can use the same app they will be using [at the YMCA] to watch their homes and even adjust their thermostats.”
Bula Price, YMCA executive director, commented that the new security system save time for her and some of the employees at the facility. She expressed that it is hard for them to leave the building during a normal work day to even go to lunch because someone in charge must be manning the building at all times.
Vaughn stated that the speeds the YMCA are currently using are on the minimal side of the spectrum. He said in the future, as the YMCA grows, they have plenty of room to maximize the speed of the bandwidth stream. Williams agreed that the facility had numerous problems in the past with slow streaming, and a lot of members complained.
“As the Y grows and demands more services with the fiber in here, all they have to do is say they need to upgrade my speed,” said Vaughn. “It’s a little bit more expensive when you go to the next level, but if they have the demand and need it, it’s there.”
Price went on to say that where they have noticed an exceptional change is in the childcare area. Childcare is offered to all members of the YMCA. Price explained since they have added the higher speed internet, sometimes the children don’t want to leave.
“When the cameras go in, we will have one in the Kid Zone, and we will be able to watch what’s going on at all times,” said Price. “We’re real proud of our Kid Zone here. We have kids crying when they have to go home.”
Price said the camera system should go live by Halloween. Vaughn stated that Ben Lomand was glad to be a part of the YMCA community and to be able to provide them with the services they needed.
“We were happy to partner with the YMCA,” stated Vaughn. “We feel like the Y is an integral part of the community. We were happy to be able to give them their fiber optic network and speeds so that they can serve their members. It’s a good partnership.”