Orange Completes Acquisition of Cellcom

first_imgOrange announced last Thursday that it has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of Cellcom, one of Liberia’s leading mobile operators, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire. Less than three months after signing the agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited for the acquisition of its Liberian subsidiary, Orange has obtained all the official approbations necessary to complete the transaction. Cellcom Liberia has 1.4 million customers, a release said.Liberia will now become the 20th country in Africa and the Middle East to join the Orange group. With a population of 4.3 million people and relatively low mobile penetration rate (66 percent of the population), the country has a high-growth potential for Orange.According to the release, over the next few months, Liberian customers will benefit from the arrival of Orange, one of Africa’s leading players in the telecoms’ industry. Orange will provide its marketing expertise and world-class technical capability to further strengthen the operator’s established network and enhance customer service.This acquisition is part of the international development strategy of Orange, which aims to accelerate growth by entering new emerging markets with high potential. This will enable Orange to strengthen its positions in Africa, where almost one in ten people are already customers.Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 98,000 employees in France.Present in 29 countries, including Liberia, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 200 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multi-national companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. Orange subsidiary Sonatel has announced plans to open a joint network operations center in Dakar, Senegal, on 1 February 2016, from which to manage its networks in Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. The project will include Orange’s subsidiaries in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo; all core network and platform services for all Orange affiliates in sub-Saharan Africa. The facility will be opened on a build, operate, transfer basis by a third party and once built will be partly transferred to Orange Cote d’Ivoire. Huawei is providing the infrastructures for two sites in Dakar and Abidjan, with the headquarters to be in Dakar. Sonatel said the joint network operation centre is part of its AMEA Network Optimization transformation project. Sonatel said it was too soon to discuss who will be its outsourcer. Listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN), Orange first announced the African network monitoring plan in July.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Braves set to let free agent Jones depart

first_img“I’m fine with it,” Jones told The Associated Press when reached on his cell phone. “I’m appreciative of the chance they gave me to play for Atlanta all these years. I understand the decision they have to make. That’s just the way it is. It’s a business.” Indeed, the move was not unexpected as the 30-year-old Jones batted only .222 in the final season of his $75 million contract. He’s eligible to file for free agency after the World Series. “It just doesn’t work for us,” Schuerholz said. “It doesn’t demean or diminish everything he’s done.” The Braves plan to use the money they’ll save on Jones to bolster their starting rotation – a glaring weakness beyond John Smoltz and Tim Hudson – and to sign first baseman Mark Teixeira, who made $9 million this year and is eligible for arbitration. Still, it was the end of an era in Atlanta. Jones first joined the Braves as a 19-year-old, hitting two homers in his first World Series game at Yankee Stadium in 1996. He has been one of the game’s greatest defensive outfielders, winning nine straight Gold Gloves with his diving catches and over-the-wall grabs in center. Randolph’s job is safe Mets manager Willie Randolph will be back with the club next season, hanging onto his job after New York’s enormous collapse. General Manager Omar Minaya made the announcement, ending speculation that Randolph might be fired despite signing a contract extension before this season. “I do believe that Willie is going to continue to work hard,” Minaya said. “I do believe that Willie’s passion for winning is there.” New York went 5-12 down the stretch, squandering its big lead in the NL East and missing the playoffs entirely. The Mets became the first major league team that failed to finish in first place after owning a lead of seven games or more with 17 remaining. New York, which had that margin on Sept. 12, also matched the largest lead blown in September. “It’s been tough sleeping the last couple of nights,” Randolph said. “The way the season ended, obviously, is unacceptable. We had opportunities to get this thing done and as the manager of this ballclub I take full responsibility for that.” Pe a, Young earn awards Washington Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young and Tampa Bay Devil Rays first baseman Carlos Pe a were named Comeback Players of the Year in their respective leagues. “This puts the stamp on everything I’ve been through, and what I accomplished this year from an individual standpoint,” said Young, who was released by Detroit in 2006 while battling alcohol problems, going through a divorce and facing an assault charge. “And I shed some tears, I looked back, thought about my kids immediately, my parents, my brother and my sisters, all the friends who stuck with me when I was at my absolute lowest, and then the people I met along the way on my way back up.” Young, who made the Nationals’ roster as the starting first baseman when Nick Johnson was unable to play because of an injury, finished tied for eighth in the NL in batting with a career-high .320 average. He had 13 home runs and 74 RBIs. One season after being released by three teams, Pe a put together the best performance in Devil Rays history. The 28-year-old slugger batted a career-best .282 with a club-record 46 home runs and 121 RBIs after joining Tampa Bay in spring training as a non-roster invitee. “I knew in my heart it was going to be a great season … but I went beyond what I envisioned,” Pe a said. Last year, he homered once in 18 games for Boston and spent most of the season in triple-A with the Red Sox and New York Yankees. Will new schedule equal better ratings? It’s a simple formula: play postseason games when fans are most likely to be near a television. Major League Baseball hopes to accomplish that, among other goals, with the tweaks it made to this year’s playoff schedule. An increase in the number of off days avoids undesirable scenarios such as holding two games at the same time and weekday games that start before noon on the West Cost. “Why not put your great events on when the most people can watch it?” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “So that to me transcended everything else. We have, and I have that responsibility to make it as easy for people to watch as possible, not to make it as difficult. And so other sports do that and they have been smart about it. We haven’t always been as smart.” The changes alleviate concerns about giving teams adequate travel time and built-in cushions in case of weather-related postponements. They also increase the number of games played during the most desirable TV time slots. Fox and Turner Sports agreed to new contracts with MLB last year. The World Series begins midweek instead of over a weekend. That means one fewer Saturday night game – when viewers are less likely to be watching TV. With the division series more spread out, TBS, which is airing the playoffs for the first time, is better able to avoid midweek afternoon games. Unlike last year, no weekday contests will start at 10 a.m. on the West Coast. And never will two games begin at the same time. Around the leagues Tigers: Manager Jim Leyland got what he wanted when the team extended his contract by one year, keeping him in the dugout through the 2009 season. Leyland said last week he planned to meet with Tigers president Dave Dombrowski the day after the season and hoped to drive home to Pittsburgh knowing he had two years on his deal. Phillies: Despite Adam Eaton’s big contract, the team can’t afford to pitch him in the playoffs. Eaton was left off Philadelphia’s postseason roster for their first round-series against Colorado. The Phillies will use a four-man rotation, so Eaton didn’t make the cut. “It’s the best case for the team,” Eaton said. Signed to a $24.5 million, three-year free-agent deal last offseason, Eaton was a bust. He was 10-10 with a 6.29 ERA in 30 starts. Devil Rays: The team will replace bench coach Bill Evers after two years. The Devil Rays said they will not renew Evers’ contract for next season. He was the manager at triple-A Durham for eight years before joining Tampa Bay. No decision has been made on pitching coach Jim Hickey, arrested Monday on a DUI charge. Miscellany: Home runs in the major leagues this year dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade. An average of 2.04 homers per game were hit this season, the Elias Sports Bureau said, a drop of 8.1 percent from last year’s 2.22 average and the lowest figure in the majors since the 1995 average of 2.02.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The Atlanta Braves are cutting ties with Andruw Jones, saying they can’t afford to keep the perennial Gold Glove center fielder who’s spent his entire career with the organization. General Manager John Schuerholz announced the decision Tuesday, shortly after breaking the news to Jones at Turner Field. While hoping to stay in Atlanta, Jones wasn’t caught off-guard by the team’s stance. He made $13.5 million this season and was looking for a raise despite slumping badly. last_img read more

Inflation rise in ’05 low

first_img Outside of autos, December sales rose by just 0.2 percent. November sales fell by 0.4 percent when autos were excluded. Sales were down by 0.3 percent at department and other general merchandise stores in December and were flat at specialty clothing stores. Even electronics stores, which supposedly enjoyed a boom in sales of high-tech games and music players for Christmas, saw a drop of 0.1 percent last month. “Perhaps Santa’s sleigh was a bit lighter than we thought,” said Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. Sales were up 2.6 percent at car dealerships after a 5.7 percent jump in November car sales. But automakers had to return to sales incentives to boost demand after big sales declines in the early fall. Excluding both cars and gas station sales, which largely reflected higher prices, retail sales would have risen only 0.1 percent in December. “If you take out gas and cars, sales were basically flat,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. “Consumers are getting more cautious.” Wyss said he was predicting that the economy in 2006 will grow by around 3.5 percent, basically unchanged from the expected growth rate in 2005. But he said rather than consumers and housing providing much of the momentum, the strength was likely to come from increased business capital spending, reflecting in part hurricane reconstruction efforts, and an improving trade performance. In addition to energy, food prices were also up sharply in December, rising by 0.9 percent, while a drop in car prices helped to hold down core inflation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita While the tame core inflation number showed surging energy has not translated into higher overall prices, analysts said it will keep the Federal Reserve on guard and will likely translate into two more quarter-point rate hikes at the Fed’s Jan. 31 and March 28 meetings. “This alerts us to the fact that we still have to deal with the issue of a possible spillover of high energy prices into core inflation,” said Lyle Gramley, a former Fed governor. “It hasn’t happened yet, but there is a potential problem.” Analysts said that the weaker-than-expected increase in retail sales last month provided evidence that the economy is slowing, which should help dampen future inflation. Many economists believe overall growth in the final three months of 2005 slowed to a rate of 3 percent or less, compared to the 4.1 percent growth in the third quarter of last year, as debt-burdened consumers cut back on spending. The 0.7 percent rise in retail sales in December followed a 0.8 percent November increase, but both months were heavily influenced by auto sales. WASHINGTON – Soaring energy prices pushed wholesale inflation up in 2005 by the highest amount since 1990. Meanwhile, retail sales rose by a moderate 0.7 percent in December with almost all of the strength coming from higher car sales. The Labor Department reported that wholesale prices rose by a bigger-than-expected 0.9 percent in December, closing out a year when wholesale prices rose by 5.4 percent, the biggest advance since a 5.7 percent jump in 1990. However, core inflation, which excludes energy and food, was much better behaved, rising by a tiny 0.1 percent in December and just 1.7 percent for the entire year, even better than the 2.3 percent increase in core prices in 2004. Energy prices shot up 3.1 percent as gasoline prices skyrocketed by 12.3 percent last month. That was close to the 12.7 percent surge in September, when widespread production shutdowns at Gulf Coast refineries saw gasoline rise briefly above $3 per gallon. last_img read more


first_imgJohnny Giles regarded by many as the greatest player to ever play for Ireland visited Letterkenny Golf club last week. The former Leeds United star is now best known for being an integral part of RTE’s coverage of soccer alongside Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady.He received a warm welcome and posed for a number of photographs from well wishers and took time to sign autographs for younger fans. Giles wasn’t the only former sporting star to play the course as former World Darts champion Bob Anderson also visited the course.Anderson was one of the best players in the world for over 20 years and won several World championship during that time.He also posed with fans who wanted their photo taken with the former Darts champion. SPORT STARS OF YESTERDAY YEAR VISIT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bob AndersonDarts ChampionJohnny GilesLeeds UnitedLetterkenny Golf clubPunditRTEWorldlast_img read more


first_imgprofessional Daragh Lyons and two-time major winner Bubba Watson.Golfing superstar Bubba Watson has indicated he’d like to play a round of golf at the beautiful Nairn and Portnoo golf course.PGA professional at Nairn and Portnoo Daragh Lyons bumped into the two-time major winner at the 2015 PGA show in Orlando.Daragh invited the affable and eccentric Watson to come to Donegal at his local course which has been described as one of the most scenic and beautiful courses in Ireland . Daragh said, “I jokingly said to Bubba that when he visits Donegal he needs to come and play at Nairn and Portnoo.“He then assured me that he will come and visit Donegal and that he’ll take me up on my offer.“He seemed to be serious, however I’m not holding my breath, he’s a busy man and he was probably too nice to decline my offer to my face.Watson is one of the most popular players on the tour and is famed for his eccentric character. If he did decide to come to Donegal he’d certainly attract a large crowd as he is box office entertainment.Here’s hoping he does take Daragh up on his offer and visits Donegal this summer.A shoot-out between him and Rory McElroy at Nairn and Portnoo, now that would be something else. 🙂  TWO-TIME MAJOR WINNER SAYS HE WANTS TO PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF IN DONEGAL! was last modified: January 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bubba WatsonDaragh LyonsgolfNairn and PortnoonewsPGASportlast_img read more

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud makes bold claim which may annoy Arsenal fans

first_img Is Olivier Giroud Right? England’s Most Successful Clubs Of The Past Ten Years It didn’t take Olivier Giroud long to find his feet at Stamford Bridge 1 However, Giroud says this was never a realistic possibility in the summer transfer window.“It did not go as far as we could say,” he explained to L’Equipe.“There was really a contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer.“I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.“For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last ten years.“I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?” Olivier Giroud has responded to reports that he was close to leaving Chelsea this summer by claiming he currently plays for “the top club in England.”The former Arsenal man joined the Blues in January 2018, but was linked with a quick return to France just a few months later. Giroud spent six years at Arsenal, and won three FA Cups with the club.Within his first six months at Chelsea, he won the trophy once again.The 32-year-old will now be looking to push on under new manager Maurizio Sarri, who appears to favour him over Alvaro Morata as the team’s first-choice striker.In the past ten years, Chelsea have been the most successful club in the Premier League having won ten major honours, Manchester United are second with eight, while Man City sit third with seven. 4. Arsenal – 3 Major Honours3. Manchester City: 7 Major Honours2. Manchester United: 8 Major Honours1. Chelsea: 10 Major Honourslast_img read more

New Athletics pitcher Tanner Roark slated for Sunday debut vs. Cardinals

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics will have a new face in the clubhouse this weekend, and possibly an old face too.Tanner Roark, acquired at the trade deadline, is scheduled to make his first start as an Athletic on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.Also, Stephen Piscotty, out since June 29 due to a knee sprain, could return to face the Cardinals for the first time since the December 2017 trade that brought him home to be with his ailing mother.Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a walk in his rehab start …last_img

Veteran lensman Kumalo dies

first_imgThe legendary Alf Kumalo captured over six decades of South African history.(Image: Mzansi Magic) Jabu Pereira, the curator of the Alf Kumalo Museum, standing next to a picture of a young Kumalo. Sibusiso Kumalo, his eldest daughter, said that she is pleased that she was able to forge a great relationship with her father towards the end of his life.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jabu PereiraAlf Kumalo Museum and School ofPhotography+27 11 985 5958RELATED ARTICLES• Nikon to nurture young photographers• Photos to promote social dialogue• SA student is world photo finalist• The boy who sees in picturesRay MaotaLess than a week before the passing of one of South Africa’s longest serving photojournalists, Alf Kumalo, spoke to his eldest daughter Sibusiso, and the curator of the photography museum he founded.Kumalo died at age 82 at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday 21 October, after struggling with prostate cancer. He enjoyed a long and eventful career spanning over six decades, eloquently capturing South Africa’s progression from apartheid state to a democracy.Sibusiso referred to her father as a people’s person who would always tell stories – generally funny ones – about his work.“I remember him telling me how he was not allowed to take pictures during the Soweto riots of the 1980s,” she recalled, “and he learned to balance the camera on his head so, using a self-timer, he could shoot without using his hands.”Sibusiso was born in 1969 but only lived with her father for nine years until 1978 when her parents divorced.She expressed her gratitude for the time the two of them spent healing old wounds. “I am glad to have had a relationship with him where we ironed out old issues before he was on his death bed.”Tributes pour inPresident Jacob Zuma said in a statement that South Africa had lost an outstanding individual.“He was a meticulous photographer and his work will live on forever as a monument to the people’s resilience and fortitude in the face of colonial oppression and apartheid,” he said.In a tribute issued by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Monday morning, spokesperson Sello Hatang reflected on Kumalo’s career, which began in earnest in 1951 and mirrored the rise of Mandela’s own political career.“He was one of South Africa’s most eminent photographers and one who closely documented the life of Nelson Mandela both before and after his imprisonment”, Hatang said.“Bra Alf photographed many of the historic events in which Mandela played a key role, including the Treason and Rivonia trials.”From the time Mandela was sentenced in 1962 to five years in jail and then to life in 1964, he added, Kumalo continued to photograph the struggle against apartheid and, importantly, to visually record the life of Mandela’s family.Former ambassador to the UN Dumisani Kumalo, a cousin of the late photographer, told The Times newspaper that he had not been well for a while.“We lost a hero. We lost a great man and a brother and a pillar in our family,” said Kumalo.Six decades of photographyKumalo is credited with some of the country’s most captivating photography that captured numerous historic events from as early on as the 1950s.It was after he freelanced for Bantu World newspaper – which later became known as The World – and worked for Golden City Post that he began to rise to prominence, and especially during his tenure at Drum magazine in the 1960s.Kumalo entered and won his first photographic competition in 1963, and the announcement reached him while he was in London covering a Mohammad Ali fight.He had entered under his African names Mangaliso Dukuza, because he wanted the judging to be impartial and not influenced by his already-flourishing reputation.Other momentous events captured by Kumalo include the infamous student uprising of 1976, the release of Mandela from prison in 1990, negotiations at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa – often referred to in local media as the ‘Codesa talks’ – and the former president’s inauguration as South Africa’s first black head of state in 1994.A solo exhibition of his life’s work took place at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2004.In the same year Kumalo received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver for his contribution to documentary photography and journalism in the country. The award is presented by the president in recognition of South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport.His work has appeared on international publications including Britain’s Observer, the New York Times and the New York Post and Ireland’s Sunday Independent.Passing on his skillsIn 2002 Kumalo opened the doors to a school of photography, which he operated from what used to be his house in Diepkloof, for the benefit of previously disadvantaged youngsters who aspire to follow in his footsteps. There is also a museum with his works on the premises, where Jabu Perreira works as a full-time curator.“Personally I think his portraits are the best,” he told our journalist. “The good thing about Alf’s work during the apartheid era is that his talent came from inside and his subjects felt relaxed with him behind the lens.”Because of a lack of funds, the school has not been able to enrol new students for several years. It was initially funded by a grant from Movimondo, an Italian NGO involved in the field of photography.“Bra Alf would be invited to events as a VIP, but he would end up taking photos and engaging with the masses instead,” said Perreira.Kumalo’s vision for the museum, which is currently being renovated, was to create an artistic space for people who are in the arts.“We want to host film screenings, exhibitions and seminars on photography to attract an audience to the museum,” said Perreira.last_img read more

Junk Science and the Heat-Island Effect

first_imgU.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island EffectDo Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat? Among the most interesting exhibitors at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo, an event held in early October in Los Angeles, may have been the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, a group that challenged what we thought we knew about the urban heat-island effect with peer-reviewed research from Arizona State University (ASU).A “heat island” is an urban area that is hotter than nearby rural areas. The research from ASU calls into question many common assumptions about the ability of reflective pavement to mitigate the problem.Reflective surfaces redirect solar energy. For this reason, high albedo, reflective, or “cool” roofs have been suggested as an important tool for lowering the urban heat-island effect. However, efforts to apply the same principle to non-roof hardscapes, including pavement, overlook the complexities of urban geography and how ground level reflections interact with pedestrians, vehicles, and the built environment.The report, Unintended Consequences: A Research Synthesis Examining the Use of Reflective Pavements to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, was authored by Jiachuan Yang, Zhihua Wang, and Kamil E. Kaloush of the ASU National Center of Excellence for SMART Innovations. It pulls together research from around the world, including previously unpublished data from the team’s field research, that demonstrates the limits and side effects of relying upon reflectivity to reduce the urban heat island effect. “Unfortunately, efforts to promote reflective pavements have moved more quickly than the scientific and engineering research,” the report notes. “As this report indicates, reflective pavements may cool a pavement’s surface but there can also be negative environmental and social impacts on the areas adjacent to the pavement,” said Heather Dylla, Director of Sustainable Engineering for the National Asphalt Association.Two respected research teams are currently performing separate pavement research projects, with reports expected within the next year. The first is a study funded by the California Department of Transportation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in conjunction with the University of California, Davis. It looks at the impact of pavement albedo as a heat-island mitigation strategy. The second team is the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University, working in conjunction with Iowa State University National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Those researchers are conducting a pavement albedo aging study funded by the Federal Highway Administration.In its adoption process for the upcoming version of Green Globes, the Green Building Council Consensus Committee is proposing the removal of urban heat-island requirements for hardscape.Given the growing body of evidence of unintended consequences associated with reflective pavements and the potential negative impact they may have on energy usage, it is time for the drafters of other green building standards, rating systems, and codes to reevaluate the science and be prepared to eliminate provisions, including credits for urban heat-island effect mitigation, based solely upon a pavement’s reflectivity. Reflective pavement can increase cooling loadsSome of the undesirable side effects associated with the use of reflective pavements include increased cooling loads (and energy costs) for buildings subjected to solar reflections, increased light pollution from illumination at nighttime, increased wintertime snow and ice buildup even with additional deicing salts, and even human health concerns over UV radiation and visual glare.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Stuart Kaplow is an environmental attorney and past chairman of U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. This post originally appeared at his website, Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

Internet of Things in Events: What’s in it for Event Planners

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing. Tags:#Internet of Things#iot in event industry#iot solutions#Trending Ray Parker Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Event planning and management have gone far beyond what it was in the past. From manual registration to collaboration with the attendees, everything has changed with the emergence of technology. From mobile event apps to Virtual and augmented reality, event planners are finding unique ways to engage attendees as much as they could.With the rise of technology in the event industry, Internet of Things has become the buzzword as well. If you are not aware of what Internet of Things is all about, let us have a brief overview.What is the Internet of Things?Internet of Things is defined as the network of Internet-connected objects, able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors.Connected things include everything from refrigerators to coffee makers and wearable devices to cell phones.The recent hype in IoT has been quite surprising and an estimated projection suggests that there will be as many as 50 billion connected devices by 2020.The opportunities offered by IoT in any industry will also play a vital role in revolutionizing event industry. From attendees tracking to check-in and cashless payments, event industry will see a major shift in driving attendees and engaging them.Why is the Internet of Things Helpful in Event Management?The event industry is dependent on data more than any other industry. From attendees to caterers and venues to speakers, everything needs a valid data and it is only possible through the Internet of Things.The data helps event managers and planners to make informed decisions. The data extracted can be helpful in automating attendee management, intelligent lighting, keeping your guests safe and comfortable, and automatic notification based on iBeacon technology.How Event Planners and Managers Can Benefit from IoT?The event industry can benefit from the opportunities offered by IoT. How event planners and managers can benefit from IoT, let us have a look.Access to InformationEvents are successful only if attendee experience is unique and drive engagement. For instance, NFC device like iBeacon can connect with attendees in order to access schedule seamlessly, check in to the event and offer precise mapping and direction within the event premises.Beacons also allow event staff to view visitors’ data from the wearable devices, such as wristbands and smart lanyards. It helps them to collaborate and pitch them in a more personalized way.Moreover, smart lanyards can help attendees to attend specific session or talk based on their profile. In addition, they can also inform other attendees to attend sessions based on their profession and profile. Hence, IoT can help event managers and planners perfectly pitch tailored message to the attendees based on their interests.Automated Registration and Check-inSmartphones are now equipped with NFC, GPS, WIFI, and BLE. These features can help event managers to automate the registration process of attendees at events without making a mess. For instance, BLE connectivity can enable attendees to use their smartphones to collaborate with the onsite registration software to check in when they are near event venue.Moreover, they can be directed to collection booth to get their event badges through a notification on their mobile phone. It would help event managers to save time and utilize automated system instead of the workforce for onsite registrations.Interactive PostersWith the help of NFC, attendees can tap on posters or products through their mobile device to get more information. It would allow the exhibitors to extract the list of potential customers who are interested in the product offering.The potential of IoT is beyond one’s imagination. The real advantage of using IoT in events is to collect data from any device. Imagine if an event planner incorporates the attendee data, it allows them to collect useful information, allowing them to create a personalized experience for the audience.As you leave the event venue, you receive a notification that acknowledges you for visiting the event and a link to an event survey. At the same time, an email is sent to you with the list of exhibitors that you have visited and information about their service offerings.Heat Map and NavigationAllowing attendees to connect to the WIFI or adding BLE chips into the event badges can allow event managers to generate a heat map. The heat map will keep track of the attendees’ location to know which part of the event engages them the most.With the help of this data, event managers can start improving the way they organize and arrange a venue. Moreover, they can also analyze the most visited areas where attendees were engaged the most and devise new strategies to market the product in a better way.Security and Safety of AttendeesSmart buildings are optimal to deal with any kind of problems or hazards. Windows and doors in smart buildings are controlled wirelessly through the connection of beacons and cameras. With minimum to no human intervention, guests can be welcomed and unwanted visitors can be kept out. Moreover, the air conditioners, lighting, and heating appliances can be managed wirelessly in order to meet with the rapid changes in the venue.ConclusionThe deployment of new technologies in your event can help you gather useful data, leading to more efficient event management. It depends on you how you utilize the data because deploying the latest technology is not beneficial unless you are ignoring the key data metrics. Follow the Pucklast_img read more