Brighton Pride is one of the the most fabulous events in the city’s calendar – uniting communities, businesses and individuals. It’s an event that truly embodies the all-embracing spirit of Brighton. At Curve IT, we’re proud to support Pride by planning and installing the temporary WiFi that powers the card machines, emergency communications and media connection.
We started our preparations for Pride a couple of weeks ago. First we checked and prepared all of our equipment required for the temporary outdoor WiFi connectivity. Our various leased line connection points throughout the city enable us to provide WiFi for multiple location events such as Pride, so we also prepared these and check they are operating optimally.
The first connection point is in Victoria Gardens as Pride required WiFi to power the main box office from last Monday. The WiFi delivers a secure and robust connection for the card payment machines allowing for hundreds of ticket purchases.
The second connection is for the temporary outdoor WiFi at Pride Pleasure Gardens on the Old Steine, followed by the largest site, Preston Park, for the main festival party. Our install team erected over 20 WiFi access points in Preston Park which power the connection for the live-ticketing systems on the entry gate, card payment machines in all the bars, emergency and operational communications plus WiFi for media and VIPs.
Last Friday, the day before the event, the team re-checked every access point to ensure the client and various contractors have the connectivity they require. Meanwhile, our team back in the office were also getting into the Pride spirit by preparing our corner of New England House as the building turned rainbow for Pride.
On the day itself, Saturday 6 August, all of our technical team were on-site at the various locations to guarantee an immediate response should they be required. This had the added benefit of a high vantage point for them to enjoy the main stage acts of Years & Years and the Pet Shop Boys.
The party at Preston Park finished at 11pm and our team got straight to work de-rigging the WiFi as soon as the gates close. By 1am all of our WiFi equipment was securely loaded into our vehicles ready to be returned to our warehouse.
It was certainly a busy week for the Curve IT team but one in which we take great pride and pleasure!
Our case study on Brighton Pride has more detail on the installation.