DLC supplies conferencing equipment for UN meeting
OMAN: DLC supplied six tonnes of conferencing equipment to the recent UN Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting in Muscat. The company put to use equipment from Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS) for what was the largest event of its kind to take place in the Sultinate.
The equipment was for the fifth session of the governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. DLC was brought on board by the event’s local A/V suppliers Business International Group LLC. This was reportedly due to DLC’s track record in the UAE within the conference technology industry.
As a conference of this scale had never occurred in Oman before, it brought with it many challenges. DLC supplied the event with equipment for eight rooms with various configurations of DIS conference equipment. The largest system was for the main plenary session and featured simultaneous interpretation into the six languages of the United Nations as well as 250 of the DC6190 conference microphones. The head table were all given the DC6990 microphones with integrated touch screens to allow them all to see which country was speaking at which time. This enabled the efficient communication that was needed between the delegates in order to complete the vast workload whilst having maximum control over the session via the SW6000 conference management software.
‘As any other big United Nations meeting, the fifth session of the governing body of the ITPGRFA started with a lot of requests and needs on the table. DLC provided high-quality equipment and round-the-clock support to accommodate all our requests in a timely-manner, even those placed at short notice,’ said Shakeel Bhatti, secretary of the International Treaty. ‘The professionalism and experience accumulated by DLC, both evident in terms of planning and delivery, makes this company a reference for any other big meeting to take place in the region. Their services were very favourably appraised by the interpreters, the delegates, the Government and by our Secretariat.’
DIS was equally full of praise for the rental company. ‘We always try and assist our regional partners in these larger events, if they require it. We help them source additional equipment from other partners if needed but also assist with cable planning and estimating infrared radiator coverage for simultaneous interpretation distribution. During the years working with DLC they have grown considerably in terms of both stock and technical expertise and now require basically no technical support from us, even for very large events,’ said Nalle Vikström, international rental manager at Shure Scandinavia.
‘For their latest UN job in Oman they only needed some assistance in finding a few delegate units for the main room. We got them in contact with another partner, Informationsteknik Scandinavia, which was able to rent the equipment to DLC and help them get the job done,’ continued Mr Vikström. ‘Partners working together is almost essential when working on these large events, as there is often a requirement for a very large amount of technical equipment, and many companies don’t wish to invest in all of it. By enabling partners to work together they get a lot more usage out of every piece of equipment they own, less investment is needed for the event, and they get a quicker return of investment.’