The Southampton International Boat Show is the UK’s biggest outdoor boat show with the largest purpose built marina in Europe. It regularly hosts over 100,000 visitors across a 10 day festival of boating.

Paramount Radio Communications were asked by the organisers of the show to provide clear, concise communications across the vast site. This included the marina, dockyard and an area measuring several thousand square metres which featured exhibition halls and hospitality tents.

Being based at the Business Design Centre – one of the UK’s premier event venues – we are well versed in the day to day operational requirements of event communications. Our years of experience in dealing with large scale events such as Glastonbury, Winter Wonderland and the Edinburgh Festival also proved invaluable in overcoming the complexities of such a requirement.

Working in close co-operation with the organiser’s in order to ensure their exact requirements were met, Paramount engineer’s were sent to the site to complete an extensive review. This was then followed by a thorough radio survey of the site in all areas where communications were required. With the site being too large for standard ‘back to back’ radio communications to be achieved, our engineer’s proposed the installation of a digital repeater aerial system which was tactically positioned on the roof of one of the centrally located buildings.

The result was that the Southampton International Boat Show were provided with nearly 100 radio units working through a multi channel, high quality digital radio system which gave both the organisers and the external security team clear, distinct voice communications wherever they were on site. This enabled them to flawlessly conduct site operations and ensure the health and safety of the thousands of visitors attending the show.

The organisers were delighted with their radio communication coverage and called the show “a resounding success”. We look forward to working with them again at next year’s event. If you require reliable two way radio communications at your event. Please get in touch with us today.

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