PSAV Develops Bandwidth Estimator for Industry

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New bandwidth estimator helps meeting professionals better plan for HSIA

PSAV's Bandwidth Estimator

The Attendee Bandwidth Estimator’s primary goal is to educate meeting planners on the importance of being aware of the bandwidth consumed at their event.

To aid meeting professionals with planning High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) for their events, PSAV® developed the Attendee Bandwidth Estimator.

This tool is an essential planning device because HSIA is now a necessity, not an option, for events and with Internet infrastructure changing at a rapid rate and many different bandwidth aspects to consider, such as shared, dedicated, symmetric or asymmetric, HSIA can be difficult to plan for and understand.

PSAV Vice President of Client Network Services Matt Harvey, who led a team of PSAV sales professionals and network engineers in the development of this tool, said, “The Attendee Bandwidth Estimator’s primary goal is to educate meeting planners on the importance of being aware of the bandwidth consumed at their event. The information available from our tool allows for appropriate budgeting and reinforces the emphasis that should be placed on network services as part of a successful event. By placing this tool in the hands of planners, we have empowered them to qualify a location’s ability to truly deliver the services their event requires.”

Recognizing this tool as indispensible, PSAV chose to offer the Attendee Bandwidth Estimator at no cost at, and to maximize its impact on the industry and make it as widely available as possible, PSAV also partnered with the Convention Industry Council to make it available on their website at:

To demystify the bandwidth enigma, meeting planners need only enter the number of attendees, select the level of demand (i.e., low for email and high for video streaming), and either account for multiple devices or not, to estimate the required bandwidth in terms of the amount of Megabytes needed per second (Mb/s).

Accurately planning for the required bandwidth, the amount of data that can be transmitted or received per second, is key because underestimating can lead to disappointed attendees and overestimating can lead to unnecessary overcharges. But with the Attendee Bandwidth Estimator, event professionals have never been better prepared to negotiate their HSIA costs and plan for their events. Event professionals can even verify the accuracy of the tool by examining the detailed event reporting that PSAV provides every time a managed network solution is offered. The report shows graphs of the number of Wi-Fi connections over time and other key statistics to demonstrate why that specific level of service was selected and to further educate clients for future meetings. The Attendee Bandwidth Estimator not only helps PSAV team members better plan for events, but it also helps advance the entire industry toward creating a more successful event.

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