July 21, 2011


Smart City Networks and Origin Digital to Offer Innovative Video Solutions

to the Convention Industry


LAS VEGAS; July 21, 2011 – Smart City Networks and Origin Digital, an Accenture (NYSE: ACN) company, are collaborating to launch a turn-key solution for streaming video and webcasting services at convention centers across the country.


Streaming video and webcasting have become integral tools for the event industry as more trade shows and conventions use video to broaden the reach of the event experience. As a result, Smart City Networks and Origin Digital have formed a strategic relationship to offer simplified video streaming packages for convention center events nationwide. The jointly provided services are available today.


Smart City Networks will provide the Internet connectivity and increased bandwidth necessary for Origin Digital’s high-speed video streaming and webcasting services at all of its contracted convention centers.   Origin Digital’s service offerings include:


·         Live and on-demand video streaming and webcasting.

·         An embeddable flash player with dynamic bit rate to deliver an optimal viewing experience.

·         Real-time display of presentation slides and video that can be integrated with exhibitor or event websites.

·         Streaming portal with social media integration with Twitter and Facebook to enable real-time chat.

·         Customizable web pages to access the video that can include sponsor and event branding.


“Events are utilizing video experiences to supplement a show’s live presentations and demos, but to work seamlessly, the technology needs to be in place to accommodate the additional demand that streaming video places on a network,” said Mark Haley, president of Smart City Networks.  “We’re committed to enhancing the event experience through video. Collaborating with Origin Digital will ensure that high-quality video services are successfully provided at events.”


"Working with Smart City, we now have the capacity and capability to supply live and on-demand premium service offerings to clients at more than 45 convention venues nationwide," said Darcy Lorincz, CEO, Origin Digital. “With Smart City’s network and Origin Digital’s breadth of experience in live events and our industry leading SAAS platform, Odaptor, we have the chance to make a difference for both conventions and exhibitors looking to extend the lifespan and reach of their show and content." 


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About Smart City Networks

Founded in 1984, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event technology in the convention industry. With corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev., Smart City Networks provides clients with design, installation and maintenance of data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with unparalleled voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring across the United States. Smart City Networks also provides services to more than 5,000 trade shows at more than 35 convention centers located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call 702-943-6000 or visit http://www.smartcitynetworks.com .


About Origin Digital

Origin Digital, an Accenture company, enables organizations across all industries to capture, convert and control high-definition online video. Founded in 1997, Origin Digital’s decade of experience provides the company with a competitive advantage in managing online video from acquisition to monetization across all platforms. With ownership of multiple state-of-the-art broadband-specific facilities, Origin Digital combines a uniquely global reach with unparalleled industry intelligence to drive its customer’s business objectives forward.



Amy E. S. Maier, B&P Public Relations  




Gary Morgenstern, Accenture