Established in 2018, the People First Conference Centre is a unique place, situated close to Carlisle City Centre, with the impressive backdrop of Carlisle Cathedral and Carlisle Castle.
The centre is hosted by their Hospitality Academy Learners who have learning difficulties, and are provided with valuable training and work experience, enabling each individual to gain essential skills for their professional development. This first-class hospitality venue is an opportunity for local businesses to support vulnerable people to grow and develop. The People First Conference Centre is a venue with a difference, that makes a difference.
David Allen IT Solutions were tasked with helping People First Independent Advocacy create a modern meeting space for users, helping teams work together and collaborate, be it remotely or in person, by installing PCs and the required network infrastructure to support hybrid meetings.
The way people work has changed, flexibility is key, and people are no longer fixed to a specific location. Video is now critical for collaboration, enabling face-to-face connections between people regardless of location. The requirements of the centre were to have video conferencing equipment in the largest meeting room, which seats 150 people. The latest technology has been used to ensure superb audio and visual experience.
Our technicians installed new Dell PCs to run Microsoft Teams or Zoom and access Microsoft 365 applications. One of the many benefits of the newly installed IT infrastructure is that it fits in with the IT for People First and wider business, including full Microsoft 365 infrastructure. For exceptional Wi-Fi provision, Enterprise Managed Network Switches were installed along with multiple wireless access points. These ensure reliably smooth Wi-Fi coverage throughout the centre, capable of streaming video to meeting attendees and providing consistently strong Wi-Fi to a large number of devices simultaneously.
The People First Conference Centre recently held a hybrid joint enterprise webinar called Astonishing Autism, this was supported by, amongst others, the United States Embassy. A video presentation was given, followed by a question-and-answer session with guests in person at the Conference Centre, and online. There were event attendees as far afield as Colorado, USA.
The streaming of the video was seamless, the audio quality was amplified and well received. Hosting successful hybrid meetings such as these are key to the success of the conference centre.
Luke Watts, Conference Centre Manager at People First said, ‘David Allen IT solutions have once again shown it can be innovative as well as providing good old fashioned personal customer service. Together we have ensured that our customers get a high-quality hospitality experience that is as good in person, as it is online. Thank you.’