Asia-Pacific convention venues harness modern technology to create stellar event experiences. We discover cutting-edge navigation systems, advanced communication support, and sniff out what else is on the horizon
Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center
Technology Prowess: The Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center BNDCC offers Wi-Fi infrastructure that can accommodate up to 10 Gbps. Throughout BNDCC 1, BNDCC 2 and the Bali Nusa Dua Hotel, 485 access point are available which can be set to WDS (Wireless Distribution System), support LAN over Wi-Fi, with LAN ports available in all function rooms with UTP Cat 6, or fibre optic that can support 100/1,000 connection.
Fiber optic is also available in all function rooms, separated from the Wi-Fi and LAN network. This network can also be integrated to the networks of other properties within the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) compound. As an example, such network integration was done during the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
Digital signage monitors are also available in all function rooms, and support text format, picture and video.
Jakarta Convention Center
Technology prowess: Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) is equipped with everything required for small meetings and large conventions. From small music chambers to multiple stage music concert festivals, or a small showcase to large international tradeshows, the centre offers sophisticated stage lighting, complicated rigging structures, powerful sound systems, extra-large LED screens with multimedia, high-speed internet and real time live streaming.
For example, JCC held an event for Bank Indonesiaâ€™s annual report event, which made use of a 2.5mm thick x 26m wide x 5m high LED screen and electronic accessories to project extensive graphical content, and was broadcast via live streaming to the bankâ€™s Youtube channel.
The convention centre also hosted the annual report for the Indonesia Supreme Court and used a 2.5mm thick x 40m wide x 5m high LED screen and several other smaller LED screens (123m2) which enabled live streaming to the courtâ€™s Youtube channel.
Indonesia Convention Exhibition
Technology prowess: Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Tangerang, Banten features audiovisual facilities, fast Internet connection, CCTV security, and a sophisticated booking system.
Its LCD screens are equipped with audio features, alongside quick broadband Internet to support all types of events. CCTV cameras have also been installed throughout the building.
The venue also implemented Ungerboeck Software Internationalâ€™s all-inclusive event management software system for venues and facilities that integrates CRM, sales, finances, and bookings. â€“ Mimi Hudoyo
Philippine International Convention Center
Technology prowess: An IT support team is on hand at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City to address the IT requirements of clients such as wired and wireless internet connectivity, virtual private network (VPN), web casting, video streaming and video conferencing anywhere within the convention centre.
Meeting rooms feature simultaneous interpretations system, from a minimum of two to a maximum of seven languages. PICC also features ramps, porchlifts and elevators for physically challenged delegates.
With respect to security, the convention centre has installed more than 200 CCTV cameras throughout, while the entrance is equipped with baggage X-ray machines and metal detectors.
The convention center is also a Wi-Fi zone. All function and meeting rooms have dedicated wired and wireless local area network control by unified tread management for Internet bandwidth speed allocation.
SMX Convention Center Manila
Technology prowess: SMX Convention Center Manila has Wi-Fi, LAN, audiovisual equipment, and telephone connectivity. Its two lobby areas offer complimentary Wi-Fi and LED television monitors for event announcements.
The five pillarless second-floor function rooms are also outfitted with colourful LED lights for a touch of drama and LED television portals at each entrance.
The escalators within the facility, as well as the lights in all rooms, are operated by motion detector sensors that allow them to turn on and off automatically depending on the actual foot usage, thereby reducing energy consumption. All restrooms also have automatic sensors for the faucets and toilet flushers to reduce water wastage.
Additionally, safety and security are assured through CCTV security cameras with face recognition technology that scans and identifies faces 24/7, alongside an automated fire alarm system.
Marriott Grand Ballroom
Technology prowess: Marriott Grand Ballroom (MGB) in Pasay City features SkyFold technology that subdivides the venue in a mere five minutes by simply pushing a button that lowers the vertical folding partitions from the ceiling.
It also has a floating ceiling of pillow lights than can be raised, lowered and changed into 360 colours for dramatic lighting effects.
MGB also provides six skyboxes for aerial views overlooking events; high steel platform structures that make decorating easier and more creative; a 26m-long catwalk for staging professional sound, light and technology display; and nine utility boxes that provide exhibition suppliers with data, Internet, water and drainage. â€“ Rosa Ocampo
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Technology prowess: The Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre is equipped with an inventory of industry-leading audio-visual technology.
Almost 100 projectors can supply from 6,200 lumens for small meetings to 26,000 lumens for larger events. In 2018, the venue upgraded its video projection equipment to new-to-market Panasonic Laser 21k lumens projectors, which produce brighter and more vivid picture quality. As part of its basic meeting package, all clients are now guaranteed higher quality image projection during their events with the new 5.5k Panasonic laser projectors.
In terms of lighting equipment, the venue is served by the VL4000 spot & wash â€“ boasting an immense output of 35,000 lumens for spot lighting and 43,000 lumens for wash lighting â€“ as well as JB lightings A12, which are known for their different dimming curves and camera modes to ensure flicker-free performances even during live feeds.
Last year, the convention centre also added 150 new lighting fixtures that can be used for a range of indoor and outdoor events.
Smaller venue spaces are also well-equipped to support more intimate venue requirements. This includes the recently added L Acoustic ARCS Focus and SB18m speakers, which are optimised to deliver the best sound quality for smaller spaces.
As more events incorporate social media and mobile applications, the venue has upgraded its Wi-Fi infrastructure and bandwidth to feature not only vast and high speed, but also the ability to be fractionalised and customised to suit individual event needs. The MICE spaces also feature a 1GB fiber optic backbone.
Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre
Technology prowess: SingEx, the operator of Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre, is embarking on a business transformation that includes a host of upgraded technological capabilities.
As free Wi-Fi is a basic for events, the service has now been enhanced and the user experience differentiated for each of SingExâ€™s stakeholders, such as organisers and visitors. The improved Wi-Fi service can now also generate insights through capturing various data like visitor footfall, dwell times and traffic flow.
SingEx has also rolled out Interchange 1.0, the pilot version of a community engagement database comprising industry leads, customers, partners, providers and challenges.
On the horizon: Launching in July are the Exhibitor Service Centre, an e-commerce portal allowing clients to select event offerings such as Wi-Fi, customised F&B, and utensils; as well as technology enhancements to upcoming F&B offerings, including point-of-sale system and a central kitchen management system.
SingEx also continues to look into bolstering its data governance and reporting, as well as establishing partnerships to leverage stronger data analytics. â€“ Pamela Chow