The NEC is investing £2m to upgrade and centralise its current IT infrastructure into one network.
The venue has partnered with Freedom Communication and Alcatel-Lucent to provide what it claims will be a more resilient and extensive network that pools together its event and corporate networks as well as access control and security. All will be managed through a new venue operations centre.
“In the age of the digital revolution, this is a vital investment and the upgrade to this new, intelligent system means we will be able to better serve our customers and support future technology enhancements,” The NEC operations director Riach Ryder said.
“The new infrastructure will give our customers far more control and enable us to offer flexible services to all of our customers – for example, we’ll have the option to scale up or down our in-hall Internet connectivity depending on the requirements of the exhibitor.”
The NEC expects to see the new infrastructure in place by autumn 2011 and will follow it up with additional plug-in technologies later this year.
The NEC revealed a £120m plan to build a new 55,000sqm entertainment complex including conference centre, banqueting facilities, casino, hotel and spa in April.
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