Olympia Exhibition Centre, London

working in partnership with Videonations

One of the world’s most famous exhibition halls, dating back to 1886, Olympia is owned by ECO who chose Sedao, in 2013, to replace their existing out-dated signage system and increase coverage across the venue. The initial key requirement was to allow the group to take full control of their content and content delivery, a feature that wasn’t available from the legacy system.

The facilities team first met Sedao at the Retail Technology Business Expo, where Sedao were exhibiting, and where impressed with both the ease with which Sedao could meet the initial brief as well as the ease of creating screen layouts using Dynamic Design. A follow on formal demonstration was given to the full team of Olympia stake holders which clearly identified and proved the system would have very little impact on staff and exhibition manager’s current workloads, whilst providing a new dynamic digital signage system.

The ease with which Sedao were able to produce fully working, Olympia branded, examples of screen layout’s instantly assured the Olympia managers that the system could meet all the needs required with regards to creating screen designs, publishing of new content and the advanced scheduling –meaning months of exhibitions, shows and events can be set up months in advance.

Furthermore as the demonstrated system was Microsoft Windows based, the system would smoothly integrate into the existing IT infrastructure and could be set up to meet the IT security policy and accessibility.

The Solution

The system design consisted of Sedao SWEP-V2 digital signage players connected to NEC 46in and 42in display screens around Olympia. Every screen had its own SWEP-V2 player in order that every screen way able to show unique content running and following its own schedule. The system also includes a 3 x 1 video wall using large format NEC displays installed at high level behind the main reception desk.

Software for the system was provided via an enterprise ‘Olympia wide’ site license to cover all Sedao software titles. This option was chosen to allow for future expansion with no on-going software costs.

James Skillen, Event Manager of Earls Court and Olympia
“We are very pleased with the system. We now have an easy way to pass on important messages to staff and the response to the screens has been very positive. The Sedao software is easy to use and adding content is a quick and simple process.”

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