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Mark Haley of Smart City Networks to speak at IAEE conference on tech trends in convention industry
Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks, will be a featured speaker on two panels at “Expo! Expo! 2012,” the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
Haley, a 30-year veteran of the meetings and conventions industry, will be a member of a panel discussing the technology trends to watch in the trade show industry and serve on a second panel focusing on the challenges of providing Wi-Fi and greater bandwidth in convention facilities.
Both education sessions will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Orange County Convention Center. The morning session from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. is entitled “Wi-Fi and Mobile Bandwidth Challenges - Why Is It Not Just Free?” This session will review the IAEE white paper, and Haley will discuss challenges that Smart City Networks is seeing in the convention industry, including the increasing need to continually upgrade and maintain infrastructure, as well as some solutions that the technology provider has developed, such as tiered Wi-Fi offerings, to offer both a free, basic Wi-Fi service as well as a faster service with greater bandwidth for an additional fee.
The afternoon session from 2 to 3 p.m. will showcase “Trade Show Tech Trends to Watch.” Haley plans to highlight new tech trends being seen at convention facilities, including the growing use of digital signage for interactive engagement with attendees and the installation of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), which improve connectivity and work in tandem with a venue’s Wi-Fi network.
Expo! Expo! 2012, IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition offers interactive networking and experiential education opportunities while highlighting the latest technologies in face-to-face events. For more details on the event’s education sessions, please visit: http://s3.goeshow.com/
About Smart City Networks
Founded over 25 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves 37 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call 702-943-6000 or visit www.smartcitynetworks.com.