The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has partnered with event communications company, Max Wi-Fi, to create a White Paper entitled ‘What events must ask their venues about Wi-Fi’.
The White Paper, initially available to ABPCO members, follows a PCO Wi-Fi check list created by ABPCO in February 2012 as part of ABPCO’s Conference Cloud
campaign calling for free Wi-Fi for conference delegates.
The 1,000-word paper, written by Max Wi-fi Technical Director Richard Hughes, is designed to provide insight into typical issues that might arise and help PCOs and event planners ask the right questions to ensure that venues are providing appropriate Wi-Fi support for their event.
It gives practical examples of the common issues faced by PCOs and delegates alike in an easy-to-read, jargon-free language. Examples include problems such as gaps in capabilities between downstream and upstream speeds, varying Wi-Fi connectivity areas and issues caused by sharing bandwidth with other parts of the venue.
“Delegates attending your events now expect to be able to use Wi-Fi,” Hughes writes. “That is why you have to ask your venue some searching questions about their infrastructure.
“Most of the major dedicated venues offer superb Wi-Fi facilities. In contrast, many well-known hotel chains say they have ‘state-of-the-art’ Wi-Fi, but you need to question them hard to make sure that it can cope with the demands of your event, the media and your delegates, in order for your event to be a success.”
ABPCO Chair, Michael Foreman (pictured), added: “One of the key outcomes of our Conference Cloud debate at the end of last year was the need for greater education and understanding of Wi-Fi requirements by PCOs.”
The Conference Cloud campaign, which calls for free Wi-Fi for conference delegates, was launched in August last year and has since secured almost 200 venue sites that have agreed to offer Wi-Fi free of charge to conference delegates and received more than 200 individual petition signatures in support of the initiative.
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