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Event Technology and Set Construction for Travel Management Industry Meetings: HRS and TIC

The “hotel of the future” was a concept discussed by various hotel and travel managers during the ITB at the Corporate Travel Forum in the Westhafen Congress & Event Center (WECC) in Berlin. HRS Global Hotel Solutions and TIC hosted the meeting, while satis&fy took care of the light, sound, and media technology and was responsible for the set and stage construction.

Due to the demand of live images and records of the forum, a high value was placed on the suitable illumination of the stage, including the back wall. The requirement was met through a conventional light created by Fresnel lenses from Strand and Arri, as well as profile spotlights from ETC. “Through our fixed rigging in the WECC and the built-in ambiance lighting, it was possible to work very efficiently when it came to illumination,” satis&fy project manager David Busse explains, clearly satisfied. Furthermore, the sound equipment in the foyers was completed by speakers from d&b, with additional microphones supplied by Shure and Interkomtechnik.

For the projection of the HRS content and the live images, two high-power 3-chip DLP/DMD video projectors PT-DZ21KE from Panasonic had been used, effectively compensating for the daylight within the space. Camera and stage direction technology came from satis&fy as well. A wireless camera system— the LDK 8000 Elite from Thomson—was installed for directional tripod recording. For close-up views, they relied on an HD shoulder-mounted camera, also from Thomson. The motion picture direction was controlled by a Barco E2 system. Furthermore, diverse Samsung displays had been used to monitor and provide visual previews of the speakers. In the main room, satis&fy also equipped different meeting rooms with projection technology and Samsung displays.

The 61 sq. meter main stage with one large step on the front side had been carpeted, and the visible sides covered with forex. On the stage’s back wall—which was a wood frame construction—a 110 sq. meter digital print had been placed. In front of the back wall, two frameless projection screens with a measurement of 5.33x3 meters had been attached to existing cross beams. Furthermore, satis&fy was responsible for the branding of the in-house reception counter and several informational steles pasted with digital prints, indicating routes from both access gates to the WECC.

Copyright Photos: Michael Pröck

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