The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, near Glasgow, one of our
26 four-star hotels across the UK, has hosted our first-ever
The annual National Information Security Conference (NISC)
addresses security and cyber issues and explores the latest
technology trends. Each year it takes place in the Scottish
countryside at The Westerwood, which has seven state-of-the-art
conference and meetings rooms, offering flexible space for
exhibitors and up to 180 delegates.
For the 2015 event, conference organisers Sapphire wanted to take
a completely new approach that would significantly reduce carbon
emissions and create a more technologically-advanced
Sapphire developed a new application for mobiles and tablets,
replacing all paper-based collateral at the event.
The bespoke NISC app gave the attendees access to an online
agenda, speaker information and biographies, along with a map of
The Westerwood's exhibition hall, which allowed them to select
exhibitors of interest and plan their route. Delegates could track
their sessions, create an event schedule and receive real-time
notifications of any changes.
Annabel Berry, Chief Executive of Sapphire, "The app not only
offered a completely new and innovative experience for delegates,
but it protected the environment and delivered a huge amount of
time-savings, at no additional cost versus previous
The Westerwood's upgraded Wi-Fi service helped make the event
possible, offering a dedicated bandwidth of up to 90Mbs - five
times faster than the average UK broadband - and 500 simultaneous
connections for organisers and delegates, who required internet
access throughout the day.
Annabel added: "The Westerwood's Wi-Fi gave us the added
confidence that the technology would run smoothly. We wouldn't have
been able to provide such a technologically-advanced event without
the support of a robust internet connection."
The Westerwood was also able to offer Sapphire insight into the
success of the conference as it happened. As part of QHotels'
'Brainwaves' study, a number of organisers, speakers and delegates
at the conference were fitted with the latest hi-tech EEG
(electroencephalogram) headsets that use sensitive pads to monitor
brainwave activity. This captured when delegates' concentration
levels began to drop and when stress levels were at their highest,
giving The Westerwood and Sapphire further insight into how the
paperless conference had been received by delegates and speakers
Paul added: "The paperless conference was a huge success,
providing an efficient, engaging and environmentally-friendly way
of delivering a large-scale event.
"It can be challenging for us - as the venue - to engage directly
with delegates during an event, but the NISC app also gave us a
platform to send regular updates from the event hosts and
interactive content, such as images of our chefs at work in the
kitchen. This helped bring attendees, organisers and the venue
teams together to create a holistic event experience."
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