by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 02, 2015

The Convention Industry Council has joined the International Association of Venue Managers' Wi-Fi Coalition, an initiative to create standards for reliable Wi-Fi environments at meetings. Initially formed to address the backlash against venues blocking personal Wi-Fi devices and the subsequent involvement of the FCC, the coalition, which is comprised of a cross-section of representatives from the overall industry, currently is working on a draft of common-sense standards, outlining the technical challenges and associated issues with high-density Wi-Fi environments.

"We believe that delivering an exceptional technology experience at meetings and events requires a new level of collaboration and dialogue between venue managers, service providers, show organizers, meeting planners, exhibitors and guests. We are thrilled to see the coalition bringing these groups together, and we are confident that this new effort will lead to meaningful results," said Vicki Hawarden, CMP, president and CEO of IAVM.

According to a CIC statement, the multifaceted issues being addressed affect all key segments and stakeholders in the meetings, incentive, exhibitions and convention industry that use wireless systems, including venues, event organizers, meeting professionals and third-party providers. With attendees bringing multiple devices into venues, problems arise based on the increased density of users. Educating consumers and attendees on the types of devices, activities and/or systems that take more bandwidth also will be a part of the coalition's charge, once new standards have been defined. 

The last task of the coalition will be to develop standard contract and license terms to be used and enforced in the industry.