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Pioneering Technological Longevity For Live and Hybrid Events At IET London: Savoy Place
Tuesday 27 October 2020
With innovation at its core, an endless digital aptitude at IET London: Savoy Place transforms live, virtual and hybrid events with personalised branding, cinematic capabilities and special sound and lighting effects.
Savoy Place has been well-versed in the streamlined delivery of technical AV long before COVID-19 forced the events world to be propelled into this new digital direction. The venue is able to offer the unique services of IET.tv, its in-house video and webcasting team. Hybrid events require top quality AV and video production so that virtual participants are provided a similar experience to in-person delegates. Knowing every inch of the venue like the back of their hand, the experienced team know every angle and hidden trick to ensure the lighting, sound and delivery of video is of unbeaten quality.
To ensure the success of hybrid events, the venue’s AV team has been integrating popular online meeting platforms into its own AV system, so online and live audiences can interact simultaneously with presenters and speakers, optimising engagement and helping delegates feel fully immersed in an event. The seamless integration of platforms keeps online events looking professional, building credibility for an organiser and hosting organisation. The combination of video and digital audio links in the building takes events above and beyond, with complete AV relay feeds to secondary spaces, meaning delegates socially distancing with reduced capacities in different rooms can feel part of the same event while increasing overall capacity.
The venue’s Wi-Fi options come in different packages with internet speeds up to 100mbps (or 500mbps in specific circumstances). To facilitate online meetings and new hybrid packages, the structure of the networks has been renovated. Levels of priority and dedicated bandwidth have been set specifically to secure connections and ensure reliability, so the reputation of clients is not at risk by technology failing them.
Following detailed risk assessments, venue staff have been trained on social distancing competency and hygiene measures in line with government guidelines to deliver secure events and help keep delegates and organisers to feel safe onsite. Savoy Place has been awarded the meetings industry association’s AIM-Secure accreditation as well as Visit Britain’s Good To Go status. The spacious central London venue is well positioned on the River Thames to offer visitors a variety of transport options if joining an event in person, with easy walking access from mainline train stations.