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  • Emerald Expositions Events Inc. stock is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange April 28, 2017.
  • The offering will trade under the symbol EEX and is expected to close May 3.
  • The initial public offering price on 15.5 million shares of common stock will be $17 per share.
  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.

Las Vegas Convention Center Launches One of Nation’s Largest Distribute Antenna Systems

Sandi Cain
, News Editor
January 4, 2017
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Las Vegas – In a culmination of three years of planning, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has launched one of the nation’s largest Neutral-Host Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). 

The move, accomplished in partnership with Cox Business/Hospitality Network and InSite Wireless Group LLC, provides significantly better service to as many as 100,000 people simultaneously, including download speeds faster than most convention centers and many corporate networks. The system is supported by four U.S. wireless carriers who signed on to help launch the service. 

Earlier this year, Hugh Sinnock, Vice President of Customer Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center, told Trade Show Executive that the participation of those carriers in the $18 million investment was the key to getting the project done. “We don’t have the buying power to do it alone,” he said. Still, the investment was necessary, according to Sinnock. “Clients won’t go where they can’t get the top level of service,” he said. 

The general principle behind the DAS concept is that a linked network of low-powered, separate antennas and repeaters that provide overlapping coverage in an enclosed area improves cellular capacity and reception, eliminating dropped calls and creating a better user experience. The new system can simultaneously accommodate traffic from all of the participating wireless carriers, meeting both wireless voice and data demands at levels that are common at high-attendance and technology-rich trade shows and events.

In addition to the DAS system, the LVCC also has increased the number of 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points from 166 to 2,100, installed all new fiber optic and Ethernet switching infrastructure and improved Internet capacity with redundant 10 gigabit fiber connections. The LVCVA will work with Cox, InSite and participating carriers to extend the DAS infrastructure into the recently approved LVCC expansion facilities. The DAS system also has a future-proof design that will allow it to accommodate 5G cellular technology once it becomes available. 

Reach Hugh Sinnock at (702) 8927526 or hsinnock@lvcva.com

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