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Bella Center Copenhagen’s Wi-Fi-initiative nominated for AIPC Innovation Award 2017

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The International Association of Convention Centers, AIPC, has nominated the new wireless network initiative “Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi Today” by the Danish congress center Bella Center Copenhagen for the prestigious AIPC Innovation Award 2017. The winner of this year’s award will be announced during the AIPC’s annual conference held in Sydney on 2-5 July 2017.

Bella Center Copenhagen’s implementation of an innovative and efficient Wi-Fi-solution serving more than 25,000 users simultaneously, has been nominated for the AIPC’s esteemed ‘Innovation Award 2017’. The new Wi-Fi-network, dubbed ‘Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi Today’, was successfully implemented at the Copenhagen-based congress center ahead of staging the largest congress ever staged in the Nordic countries, the ESMO 2016, in October 2016. Overnight, with the new Wi-Fi system in place, Bella Center Copenhagen became the first congress center worldwide to service such large a number of delegates at the same time.

The motive for the large-scale Wi-Fi initiative was a forward-looking strategy by Bella Center Copenhagen’s owner, BC Hospitality Group, who wanted to increase focus on the fast-changing needs of organisers, exhibitors and delegates alike. Today, all of these target groups expect to have access to the same kind of speedy and reliable internet connection as they have at home, and to be able to manage business matters whilst ‘on the go’ and handle e-mails, stream video presentations, carry out video calls, etc.

The changing market situation created a huge technological challenge for the congress center, whose approx. 100,000 m² – including numerous nooks and thick concrete walls – made it difficult to receive signals in all corners of the venue. On top, the new solution also had to secure roaming between Bella Center Copenhagen and BC Hospitality Group’s three hotel venues in Copenhagen and thus, eliminate the need for separate hook-ups at each venue.

As a result, senior management decided to create the first ever congress and conference center worldwide with a ‘future-proof’ and flexible wireless network service. And now, the exact same initiative has been valued such an inspiration for the congress industry worldwide, that AIPC’s judging panel has nominated “Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi Today” for its AIPC Innovation Award 2017.

“It is key to our clients, congress organisers, exhibitors and delegates alike, to be able to handle the digital part of their business at home and abroad, and since we make a living of high-end services at the Bella Center Copenhagen, a future-proof technological solution, such as the one we have invested in, is crucial in a highly competitive market. We are honoured to be among this year’s AIPC nominees and look forward to share our knowledge and learnings with fellow colleagues from across the world,” says Allan L. Agerholm, CEO of BC Hospitality Group and Bella Center Copenhagen.

Mr. Agerholm will present Bella Center Copenhagen’s ‘Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi Today’-initiative at two separate sessions during AIPC’s annual meeting in Sydney. Both the AIPC jury and attending delegates are able to vote for their favourite ‘Innovation Award’ candidate. The winner of the Innovation Award will be announced at the AIPC Awards Dinner on July 4th 2017.

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