Smart City exec explains how conventions can meet demand for free Wi-Fi

Smart City Networks will be discussing the differences between service expectations and system requirements for Wi-Fi options during presentations.LAS VEGAS – Event planners and convention attendees continue to request that free Wi-Fi connectivity be included in their lease agreements. Executives from Smart City Networks, the nation’s leading event technology provider, will be discussing the differences between service expectations and system requirements necessary for Wi-Fi options during presentations to convention sales professionals on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

David Langford, Smart City’s vice president of technology, and Janet Allen-Smith, Smart City’s general manager at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will be offering new marketing ideas for Wi-Fi options during their presentations to the 100-plus convention sales professionals scheduled to attend the conference from across the country. These presentations are a continuation of Smart City’s efforts to provide ongoing technology education to members of the meetings and events industry.

Their presentations will focus on what Wi-Fi options are currently being offered at convention centers and how these options can be marketed to potential conventions. By understanding the Wi-Fi options, convention center sales teams can better create the best wireless experience for their attendees as well as balance an event manager’s anticipated needs with their expectations.

Other topics include the importance of maintaining and continuously upgrading a facility’s network. They will also discuss sponsorships of free Wi-Fi at events and the potential of location-based services in generating new revenue streams.

While the sessions are for conference attendees only, the presentations will be available to the media upon request.

About Smart City Networks

Founded over 25 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size.  Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring.  Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 35 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call 702-943-6000 or visit