Prague Congress Centre undergoes extensive changes

The centre will have new systems, fast WiFi and a new look inside and out

Prague Congress Centre is undergoing significant changes. The EPC (Energy Performance Contracting) project done by ENESA is followed by the interior renovation and modernization of the building with new AV technologies, advanced navigation system and full-area fast internet connection.

“We care about the satisfaction of our clients, the organizers of major congresses. We are not able to change the building itself too much, but we can upgrade the facilities and provided services. This is our main task until the beginning of November, when the prestigious ICCA Congress takes place in PCC,” PCC sales and marketing director Lenka Žlebková said.

“We want to turn the Prague Congress Centre into a place where congresses and conferences with the highest demands on technology can be held. We are aiming for a satisfied participant who will want to come back again. We want the delegates of big congresses and conferences to be instantly and without difficulty able to find their way through the building with the help of a mobile phone application which will also provide them with all necessary information on actual time,” she added.

Currently, interior renovations are under way in corridors and foyers, as well as in the two largest halls — the Congress Hall and the Forum Hall — where floors are being refurbished, seating furniture newly upholstered, scenic and classical lighting as well as high-tech audio-visual technology installed, ceilings and wood cladding in the corridors refurbished, toilets renovated and most of the lights replaced for more economical LED lights. On the ground floor near the main entrance a new information and registration desk will be built. The refurbishment will of course touch the facade. In November, the PCC will welcome the ICCA Congress with a new look.

However, the adjustments are not only on the surface. Approximately 180 WiFi points and 2,000 data slots will be installed throughout the building. "We have chosen a solution that will be fully functional and modern even in 10 or maybe even 20 years,” said ENESA technical specialist Jiří Matějíček, who is in charge of this part of the modernization.

“This is the most exceptional project in the Czech Republic at present. The complexity and range of the system is unique. At the same time, we have installed WiFi, data plug-ins and cables, which are imported as they are not used in the Czech Republic yet,” he added.

The icing on the cake is a sophisticated digital system from POS Digital, who presented the most creative solution in the tender.

“Collaboration on the design of the navigation system was very pleasant, because the leadership of the PCC had a precise idea inspired from experience from abroad as well. Part of the entire navigation information system delivery will not only be individual components such as internal LCD screens of various sizes and formats and outdoor LED screens, but also system management from one location and maintenance of all its functionalities no matter whether it is navigation, distribution of information, marketing or advertising. From one centre, it will be possible to respond immediately to any need,” said POS Digital Sales director David Šauer.

Of course, the changes currently in progress will also result in increased security for the entire building.

PCC is the largest congress centre in the Czech Republic. It offers a wide variety of space suitable for all kinds of events from small conferences to big congresses, high technical standards and great acoustics.

The total capacity is up to 9,300 people and 13,000 sqm of exhibition space and the complex also includes the Vyšehrad Business Centre and the four-star Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre with 254 rooms. PCC has been certified with EKO Gold for being supplied 100 percent with electricity produced from renewable resources.

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