Tips for Organising a Successful Public event
A critical consideration when organising an event is how to effectively manage your staff.
While using mobile phones & shouting may be adequate at the pre event setup stage, problems can occur during the event.
One such problem is the noise levels that can be generated during the event.
Live music events present a particular challenge, as it can be hard to hear a mobile phone ring.
It is also hard to hear what is being said by the caller.
A hand-held, or hand-portable , two-way radio can utilise accessories , such as noise canceling headsets.
Another benefit of using two-way radio for management of events, is speed.
In an emergency situation, such as an accident, two-way radio allows the emergency message to be sent straight away.
By contrast, a mobile phone would require you to select the correct number, then dial and wait for an answer.
In an emergency situation, time can make all the difference.
Once you have decided to us radio communications at your event, you have further considerations.
What some people do at this point is Google it, and then look for the cheapest price.
Once a website has been selected to click on, the questions start.
Are you sure whether a VHF or UHF system will work best?
The answer is it could be one or the other, or both, or none!
Let me explain,
Generally a VHF system will give better communication range in Open Country.
As most events are outside, you may decide this is what you want, and need.
But wait! Will you also be operating inside metal framed buildings, or multi-storey buildings, or forested areas? If this is the case, then a UHF based system might be for you.?
The best way is to have a company come out to you and properly assess and radio test the event site before the event.
This way, any ‘black spots’ in coverage can be ‘engineered out’ by making the correct equipment choices. In collaboration with your radio communications engineer, problems can be eliminated before the event.
Sometimes whether you choose VHF or UHF, neither provide acceptable radio coverage & range.
This situation demands a radio engineering approach involving a device called a radio repeater.
A radio repeater is a device that boosts the range of a radio signal.
This is done by receiving & then re-transmitting the radio signal.
The repeater is connected to a high (usually mast mounted) aerial or antenna, via a low loss coaxial cable.
Having an antenna (aerial) mounted high on a mast helps with the radio communication range.
This is because radio waves at VHF & UHF frequencies are normally ‘line of sight’.
Therefore height helps with range.
Some of the discount two-way radio hire companies will hire you a repeater, with a couple ‘clip on’ antenna.
This in theory can work, as one antenna receives the signal, and the second antenna re-transmits the signal.
However, the repeater can become ‘DE-sensitised’ if the transmit & receive antennas are not enough apart.
From what I have seen on the discount radio hire websites selling this option, the antennas do not have enough length of coaxial cable to adequately space them apart.
A DE-sensitised repeater will give poorer range.
A cheap solution therefore will not give you maximum range.
The ‘proper’ way of using a repeater is to use only one single antenna, a suitable erected mast, and a device called a ‘duplexer’.
The duplexer allows one antenna to both receive and transmit at the same time.
This clever device (duplexer) provides better range & performance than the two antenna ‘cheaper’ systems, as less likely to suffer from DE-sensitisation.
You may also be given the option to choose between Digital, and Analogue systems.
Feel free to ask about the difference.
Finally, who needs to speak to who?
For example car park attendants, first aid staff, or organisers / management.
A range of sophisticated options and channels can be programmed into the radio equipment.
Again, feel free to ask for help.
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No business that stands still will thrive without constant change.
Back in the mid 1990s I produced a dissertation paper on the threats to the UK Royal Mail due to Socio-economic, Political, & Technological threats posed.
A good framework, that is used in Marketing is SLEPT analysis. SLEPT is short for Social, Legal, Economic, Political, Technological.
Try applying SLEPT analysis to your business.
Have consumer tastes changed, but your product offering has no kept pace?
Does the styling and functionality give potential customers what they demand?
Does your product or service comply with relevant, and changing legislation covering your target market?
What is the strength of the economy that you are, or wish to, sell your products to.
A product may be cheap in some markets, but highly expensive and unaffordable in your newly identified target market.
One solution might be producing a cheaper version of your product, with less functionality, for a particular target market.
Governments may be encoraging research and development in a particular area of the economy. Therefore there may be opportunities to develop products that leverage government help available, such as tax relief and grants.
Conversely, government policies may penalise certain products and industries, think cigarettes.
Back in the 90s, email emerged as a significant threat to the traditional letter service. It also had an impact on the manufacturers of FAX machines.
Your business needs to constantly be vigilant as to changes that could affect your future success.
Yesway Ltd can help research and develop practical solutions for your business to stay ahead, and further achieve competitive advantage using emerging technologies.
(c) Craig Miles 2016
- Explosive & Hazardous Gases
- Perimeter Access Control
- Presence of Liquids
- Radiation Level Monitoring
The above examples are some of the applications of wireless IOT monitoring possibilities.
For help with researching & implementing remote monitoring solutions to improve your business, get in touch.
The Internet of things can monitor the following variables remotely using wireless sensors.
Wireless technologies such as LORA provide long range low bandwidth communication of the data, back to the ‘gateway’. The gateway is the device that puts the data onto the internet cloud.
Some things that Smart Metering can monitor include:-
- Smart grids
- Fuel tank levels, such as amount of fuel oil used over a period of time.
- Photo Voltaic (Solar) installations.
- Water flow, such as for billing domestic & industrial customers.
- Calculation of stock in a silo, for audit & ordering purposes
(c) 2016 Craig Miles @ Yesway Ltd #acraigmiles