BBC Biggest Weekend
With over 175,000 tickets sold to the public, the one-off music festival brought the nation together for a massive celebration of live music.
BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend took place on four sites, in four nations, across four days. Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea were the four UK cities that hosted the event on May bank holiday weekend.
Spindlewood’s Managing Director, Charlie Brownridge commented “We are used to having one or two live broadcast events running simultaneously, but to have four was a huge undertaking for us, particularly when we have all the other temporary IT projects going on at the same time! We were also contracted to provide temporary IT services to the Rolling Stones, Beyoncé & Jay-z and Ed Sheeran. On that weekend we had 15 large events running simultaneously which shows our strength in equipment deployment and experience in our technical teams.”
All four sites broadcast live to BBC TV and Radio in addition to uploading content to iplayer and on-line. Spindlewood provided gigabit networks at all four venues and provided synchronous 500mbps dedicated internet connections.
Biggest Weekend SWANSEA
Biggest Weekend COVENTRY
Biggest Weekend BELFAST
Biggest Weekend PERTH
GDPR Compliance & Spindlewood WiFi
Spindlewood Wifi offers complete transparency to the end user of data collected from them.
Our Wifi service & processes ensure that the end users are aware that their consent to provide personal data was explicit, freely given, specific, and informed.
The processes and security encryption techniques employed by Spindlewood are aligned with all aspects of GDPR, ensuring that you stay compliant.
New! Spindlewood WiFi Service
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Spindlewood can provide permanent and temporary Wifi deployments to virtually anywhere!
- Pop Stands
- Sporting Stadia
- Music Festivals & Events
- Product Launches
- Exhibitions & Trade Shows
- Bars, Cafes and Restaurants
- Leisure Center’s
- Hotels, B&B and Holiday Lets
- Conference Centers and Museums
- Retail Outlets, Shops and Shopping Center’s
- Schools, Colleges and Universities
Spindlewood Provides EE's Public Wifi at Wembley
The mobile experience inside Wembley for visitors is unrivalled. EE doubled the 3G and 4G capacity so whether fans are watching goal replays, making calls or uploading selfies, they can do it faster with even less buffering!
The connected experience is not just limited to EE customers, mobile users from other networks can also stay connected at Wembley, for free. EE have introduced free to use Public Wifi zones in the concourse area.
With help from Spindlewood a number of free Public Wifi zones around the venue have been created. Following a simple log in process everyone can enjoy high speed internet for free. Spindlewood installed a network of high-density, how powered Wifi Access Points.
It was essential that the Wifi provided blanket coverage in the locations with no dead patches or interruptions. In addition to this all infrastructure had to be hidden from site and the sign-up process be as simple as possible.
Public Wifi for Bavarian Village, Winter Wonderland, London
For 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London. It started as an open-air Christmas market and has since gone on to incorporate roller coaster rides, ice skating, street food stalls, festive bars and live music.
Part of Winter Wonderland is the authentic Bavarian Village which provides the perfect place to unwind with rustic wooden chalets, outdoor seating, bars, cafes and restaurants. The central part to the Bavarian Village area is the grand hall. The Bavarian Hall provides live music daily throughout Winter Wonderland and invites everyone to dance and sing the night away, as well as offering traditional food.
Like all licensed venues a service which the organisers wished to supply was large scale, free public Wifi. The venue attracts literally thousands of people every evening and they wanted all visitors to benefit from being able to stay connected.
Spindlewood were contracted to provide the free public wifi service, which required the design of a branded landing page and a quick access for the end user. Spindlewood created a simple to use, ‘2-click’ social media log in wifi page which then provided access to super-fast dedicated internet.
To ensure the thousands of visitors had access to the free wifi, Spindlewood distributed 14 high density Xirrus Wifi access points across the site. Wifi analytical information is also provided weekly to the organisers.
The client has reported an increase in attendance (& sales) largely due to the social media interaction. Returning clients were made aware of offers via social media and the Bavarian Village Facebook page now boasts in excess of 47,000 followers.
- Public Wifi
- Internet Anywhere!
- Wifi Landing Page Design
- Social Media Log-in
- Wifi Analytics
- Temporary Wifi
Leeds City Bonfire Night
Leeds City Council once again hosted one of the largest public bonfires and fireworks display in the UK in November, with an estimated crowd of 70,000 attending.
The festival sized event took place in Roundhay Park on the outskirts of the city, which has seen many instantly recognizable artists perform over the years. Robbie Williams , Michael Jackson , U2 and Madonna to name but a few.
However a large fire, pyrotechnics and a 70,000 strong crowd is a combination of things which requires some very careful managing, particularly when the event only lasts a matter of hours. Add to that a heightened state of alert by the Police following a number of recent terrorist attacks around the world.
Spindlewood were contracted to provide Temporary Surveillance to help Leeds City Council and the emergency services manage the event. Unlike many other large scale events, at Bonfire Night everyone attending turned up within a very short amount of time and this required some maticulous planning to ensure everyone was safe.
Spindlewood deployed a number of their new High Definition IP CCTV Cameras in the park and the surrounding roads to provide critical surveillance of key locations. The event organisers monitored the CCTV images from a central control room located within Roundhay Park.
Spindlewood Managing Director, Charlie Brownridge commented, "At the beggining of the year we invested nearly £135,000 in upgrading all of our CCTV Equipment to full HD quality and have since deployed them extensively throughout the year. We now have unrivilled Temporary CCTV deployment capability, boasting over 140x PTZ Dome Cameras and 250x Fixed Cameras."
Event Tech Live 2017
Spindlewood are to attend Event Tech Live, London a exhibition dedicated to event technology suppliers.
We will demonstrating why we are the UK Market Leader in Temporary Tech to the events industry.
- Temporary CCTV Surveillance
- Temporary Internet
- Business Class Telecommunications
- Secure Payment Networks
- Public Wifi
- Event Wifi
The multi-strand conference and exhibition is Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology. Event professionals have access to over 50 educational sessions, 100 exhibitors and 1499 industry peers.
Event Tech Live 2017 is free to attend
9th November 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, London.
Doors open at 9.30am
Come and see us on STAND 908
To register click the link below,
Later in the month Spindlewood will also be attending the NOEA Conference. Spindlewood have been a loyal member of the National Outdoor Events Association and will be exhibiting during the conference also. This years conference is on the 22nd November in Bath.
Red Bull Foxhunt
Spindlewood provide blanket coverage Wifi for Red Bulls Foxhunt in Wales.
The sun made a welcome appearance on the final morning of the women's Red Bull Foxhunt in Machynlleth, Wales and the riders were pumped to head to the top of the track and get racing.
Rachel Atherton was also at the start line to kick off the race and support the ladies as the 'fox' Katy Winton chased them down the hill towards the finish line.
Working alongside communications partner EE, Spindlewood provided a Temporary Public Wifi network for the event. Normally the area suffers from very poor mobile signal strength, but a temporary pico-cell and EE blimp combined with Spindlewood’s wifi infrastructure ensured the event benefitted from excellent coverage.
EE’s UK Network Delivery Manager commented, “Just wanted to catch up and say Thank you to you and your team for the Wifi service you provided at the Red Bull event in Wales. The professionalism shown of your 2 engineers on site in Wales, Simon and Mike, was great to see, both are a credit to your organisation. We look forward to working with you in the future on further Special Events for EE.”
Jurassic Kingdom Comes Alive
Jurassic Kingdom, is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur experience aimed at family audiences with over 30 impressive installations of animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts. Animatronics include arms moving up and down, tails swaying side-to-side, heads moving up and down, eyes blinking and jaws opening wide with roaring sound effects. Making for a truly awesome educational and entertaining Jurassic experience!
This is the first outdoor dinosaur experience of its kind in the UK and a truly entertaining and educational experience for children of all ages. Visitors will explore the gardens and parklands and uncover epic life-sized replica dinosaurs from everybody’s favourite, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops to flying reptiles like pterosaurs.
Spindlewood ensured the whole event came alive by supplying Temporary Internet to the whole of the UK Tour. Temporary Wifi was required to power the ticketing and on-line systems, as well as providing the organiser high speed internet to enable them to manage the event.
All of the locations were in council operated parks which were obviously very rural making hard to get temporary IT services installed.
Camp Kerala Guest Wifi
Camp Kerala is regarded as the most luxurious type of festival accommodation and provides a unique experience to the highest profile events. Camp Kerala began life in 2005 overlooking the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival. It soon flourished into a market leader in experiential luxury.
Described by Vogue as "unquestionably one of the most glamorous places to be in the UK", it has led the way and set the bar.
Famous for its chilled-out atmosphere, Camp Kerala has expanded to operate at leading events around the world… from Europe to the USA and beyond. Creating a five-star boutique hotel experience at Glastonbury was just the beginning. Bringing its blend of Shikar tents, renowned parties, 24-hour concierge, chauffeuring, gourmet food, exquisite cocktails and much more, Camp Kerala elevates any event, big or small, to the next level.
Like any 5-star establishment the requirement for good quality, high speed wifi for use by the Camp Kerala guests and staff was of course at the top of the list.
Spindlewood were asked to provide such a wifi experience. The wifi network had to provide complete blanket coverage of the site, work seamlessly on any device and of course be high speed. An easy task for any 5-star hotel located in the city, but this was Glastonbury!
Spindlewood provided 20x High Density Xirrus Wifi AP’s across site with over 50x wired connections to specific locations. In addition to this they provided network connections to enable bar EPOS and guest reception PC’s to operate.
April 2002 saw the formation of Spindlewood Ltd in Weston Super Mare and this year sees the business celebrate 15 years as a limited company. Starting as a CCTV Surveillance business from humble beginnings, it quickly grew to incorporate Telecoms, Internet Connectivity and Public Wifi.
Spindlewood continues to be a market leader in the supply of temporary wifi , telecommunications and CCTV to outdoor events, festivals, conferences and product launches. In addition to this Spindlewood has provided permanent, small & large scale public wifi and CCTV installations throughout the UK.
More recently the business has been responsible for the deployment of bespoke wifi networks across Europe and in the USA.
The strength of the business is due to the team of highly skilled technical employees who strive to provide the best possible solution for our clients in a very demanding delivery focused industry.
The adjacent picture (top) shows the birthplace of Spindlewood Limited. The company takes its name from a former residence of founding Director, Peter Carver. Spindlewood is located in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
Spindlewood Become Friendly WiFi Approved Suppliers
Public & Temporary WiFi suppliers Spindlewood have become ‘Friendly WiFi Approved Suppliers’.
Friendly WiFi was developed in collaboration with some of the world’s largest WiFi providers, who not only support this initiative, but work closely on communicating the scheme to their Customers and provide Friendly WiFi with ongoing technical support and policy guidance.
As a result of the successful launch, the team introduced the Friendly WiFi 'Approved Provider' symbol. The symbol is available to suppliers of internet products and services who can evidence as part of their offering they are able to provide internet products or services to their Customers which meet the Friendly WiFi content filtering specification.
Friendly WiFi is working with a growing list of Approved Providers worldwide to introduce the seal of approval across their Customer base and to support providers by adding further value to their products, including giving them the ability to become a reseller of the Friendly WiFi license.
Spindlewood’s Managing Director, Charlie Brownridge commented “ensuring internet safety in our industry of large scale Public WiFi deployment is paramount and our approval by Friendly WiFi demonstrates the level of protection our WiFi networks provide to our clients and of course members of the public. This approval means all our clients & users can access the internet on our Wifi networks, safely!”
Magical Lantern Festival Requires Robust Temporary Wifi Network
The Magical Lantern Festival made its debut in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds this December, following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year.
The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor Xmas themed event, a festival of light and illumination. Over 80.000 visitors followed a trail around Roundhay Park and explored the amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.
In order to deal with the number of visitors, Spindlewood were asked to provide a Temporary Wifi network which was capable of providing connectivity for ticketing and handling payment transactions across site.
At the entrance, pre-purchased (print at home tickets) needed to be scanned which relied upon a secure Wifi network. In addition to this iZettle payment systems were deployed around site which also relied upon the network as well as good internet connection. Back office internet connections were also deployed for production staff who managed the event over the two-month period.
Spindlewood Provides Delegate Wifi for RATP Conference
The RATP Group is the world's fifth largest public transport company operating all modes of collective mobility – bus, metro, trains and trams. In Île-de-France it runs, maintains, modernises and develops one of the world’s densest multimodal networks. Every day it transports over 14 million people.
The conference for the M2E (Electronic Equipment Maintenance) department was to discuss at where the group currently are and where they aim to be in the future and to discuss new emerging technologies that may be of interest to them. Attended by over 150 delegates the requirement was to provide a stable high speed Wifi network. A voting and user interaction app was used by the delegates to lodge opinions, raise questions and to vote on questions & opinions that arose.
Using hired in iPad’s preloaded with the app and a dedicated Wifi network the audience were able to ask questions and participate better in real time.
The venue for the conference, ‘Espace Du Centenaire’ in central Paris, already had a wifi network, but required additional connectivity and better coverage for the system to work.
Spindlewood were contracted to provide the temporary wifi network for the system and it ensured every delegate could interact with the conference.
Spindlewood Services Provided
Facebook Live Stream for Guide Dogs Associations Fundraising Week
The Guide Dogs Association fundraising week in October aimed to raise awareness for the charity, by asking famous faces from daytime TV to be blindfolded and then led around London by a guide dog. ITV's This Morning presenter, Fearne McCann was the first to try the experience and was so impressed with the work the guide dogs do.
Later The Tower of London and Tower Bridge provided a stunning back drop for a short production of an autobiographical story on life without sight, by Chris Campion a visually impaired actor and production company Extant.
The whole event was streamed live to Facebook Live by Spindlewood who were asked to provide the temporary wifi for the event. The short set up time provided some challenges and despite being in central London providing a good dependable internet connection was going to be tricky.
Spindlewood were able to provide a reliable, dedicated 30mbps/20mbps internet link from their Central London High Speed Internet connection, which is capable of providing internet across the capital within minutes of setup. The Facebook Live streaming was monitored throughout and the Spindlewood connection provided a flawless connection throughout the event.
Spindlewood Project Manager, Dean Gottsch commented, "Spindlewood can provide reliable internet connectivity to 'pop up' events like this virtually anywhere. Our experience in providing this type of Temporary Wifi is huge and is ideal for any form of product launch, exhibition, conference or any other type of temporary event demanding good internet."
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Spindlewood Deliver Broadcast Quality Network
BBC Radio 2 returned to Hyde Park in September to host the 'Proms in the Park' to celebrate the end of the proms season. Once again stars from the music industry took to the stage for the festival in a day finale. Uncharastically Status Quo performed an accoustic set, along with Travis, Madness & Franki Valli each performing in front of a capacity crowd. The evening was rounded off with a performance from Sir Elton John.
Spindlewood were asked to provide the network which was capable of delivering the BBC content during the event, which required a high speed, dedicated internet connection, event wifi, temporary CCTV and a secure payment network for the bars and merchandis outlets.
In addition to this, Spindlewood also deployed a comprehensive hearing loop network to aid the hard of hearing who attended the event. The box offices, several other public facing offices and the disabled viewing platform benefitted from the hearing loop service and over 500 people used the service.
Spindlewood's deployment included;
- Live Streaming
- Media Quality High Speed Internet
- Artist Wifi
- Event Wifi
- Temporary Wifi
- Secure Payment Network
- Hearing Loop Hire
Beyonce Formation World Tour
American singer, songwriter Beyonce recently visited the UK to perform 7 dates, as part of her ‘Formation World Tour’. Spindlewood were contracted to provide the production IT and event Wifi requirements for the shows which relied heavily on a high speed internet connection and guaranteed network delivery.
A total of 7 high speed connections were required across the UK each providing over 100mbps. Spindlewood provided the temporary internet connections in order to enable uploading of video, photos and live streaming. Business Class VoIP, Temporary Wifi and Public Wifi was also deployed across each of the venues for the tour management and general public.
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World’s First Dedicated Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
Earlier this year Alton Towers announced that Air would be re-themed as Galactica for the 2016 season and would include on-ride virtual reality headsets simulating a ride through the cosmos.
Galactica is the world's first roller coaster to use dedicated virtual reality. Each seat is fitted with a Samsung Gear VR headset, and pouch. The virtual reality experience is optional, as guests can choose to ride without using the headsets.
Spindlewood were approached to provide the wifi network for the ride which was required to provide critical communication between the virtual reality servers in the station area and each of the 28 headsets on the three trains. Ride telemetry and user notifications are pushed to each train using the Wifi network.
“The complexity of the wifi requirement was immediately apparent and it demanded high speed connections with seamless roaming throughout the critical areas of the ride”, commented Spindlewood’s Senior Technologist, Dafydd Hirst
Spindlewood Director, Charlie Brownridge went on to say “Our approach is very different to any other Wifi provider and this project had the opposite demands to what we usually deal with. Normally our Public Wifi networks are designed to cater for large numbers of devices which stay connected for a reasonable length of time and are required to roam from AP to AP relatively slowly. This was the complete opposite! Small number of devices which are only connected momentarily to each Wifi AP”.
Spindlewood initially provided a temporary wifi network in order to allow full testing and adjustment, which was then followed up with the installation of a permanent wifi network.
Working alongside the Virtual Reality lead for the project (Figment Productions ), Spindlewood installed the wifi network within a very narrow time frame in order to ensure full testing of Galactica could take place and met the opening deadline for the new ride.
Spindlewood services provided;
Spindlewood Provide Temporary Wifi Network
Grease "Wifi" Is The Word At Drive In Cinema
Spindlewood went to the movies this month as they were asked to provide the event wifi for an American style drive-in cinema hosted at Alexandra Palace, London.
Film lovers were able to eat fabulous food, enjoy cold drinks and watch their favourite movies on the giant screen as the stars begin to sparkle, all from the comfort of their own cars.
Spindlewood provided the temporary wifi to enable the organizes deploy a wireless payment system throughout the venue. This allowed the roller skating waitresses to offer each car credit card payments. In addition to this the movie goers all also able to utilize the public wifi provided by Spindlewood. The sponsor branded public wifi was used extensively each night, with people posting on social media their unique experience.
The temporary wifi network was deployed quickly throughout the site to provide blanket coverage, ready for the opening night film.. Grease!
Spindlewood Learning Academy 2016 (10th Anniversary)
Following Spindlewood’s annual University lectures the latest crop of future IT Project Managers have been recruited. Since 2006 Spindlewood have conducted guest lectures to literally hundreds of Computer Science Degree students across the country with a view to joining the market leading temporary IT supplier.
Following the lectures, a shortlist of 15 students were asked to attend Spindlewood’s learning academy where theory was put in to action. Project Manager & Computer Networking Postgraduate Dean Gottsch and Network Manager Tony Green administered the training at Spindlewood's HQ located in Staffordshire.
In addition to general network fundamentals the students were also taught on specific IT hardware which is deployed by Spindlewood.
If you are interested in working for Spindlewood or keen to understand how you can take part in future Learning Academy training courses, please see our careers page. CLICK HERE to visit Spindlewood Careers
Spindlewood Attend Prestigious NME Awards
The NME Awards has taken on different forms over the years, since being the 50’s and 60’s Pollwinners Concert and from 1971 to 1993 being a reader’s poll. Present day sees a live event with Spindlewood performing an integral part supplying event WiFi coverage for all areas from the red carpet right through to the artists dressing rooms back stage.
Spindlewood’s dedicated front of house internet feed enabled NME Twitter updates recognizing and rewarding the very best music.
Big winners on the night included, The Maccabees (Best Band), Foals - What Went Down (Best Album) and Spindlewood client Glastonbury for best festival.
Spindlewood's deployment included;
Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincoln Christmas Market welcomes in excess of 100,000 people across four days each year. Visitors are treated to over 250 stalls and attractions set around Lincoln Castle and the breath-taking Cathedral. The Christmas market continues to be the number one festive market destination in the UK.
Although the surroundings and cobbled streets add to the experience, catering for such large numbers of visitors can be a logistical nightmare. The already narrow roads and castle entrances are empathised when the full coaches of visitors arrive.
Ensuring the market goes ahead smoothly Spindlewood were contracted to provide the technical systems for the event control room and around the site. Spindlewood deploy a high-resolution IP CCTV system around the market, castle and supporting roads which assists event organisers, event stewards and the emergency services to co-ordinate operations. The CCTV assists with the monitoring of the pedestrian ‘one-way’ system and to co-ordinate ingress & egress of visitors.
In addition to this Spindlewood provide the temporary telecommunications for the emergency services and event staff aswell as data connections and wifi. High speed internet lines were installed with failover satellite and 4G connections.
This year also saw the first public wifi hotspot deployment which was used by visitors frequently when they stopped for a glass of mulled wine at one of the many stalls.
All systems provided 100% uptime throughout the market which meant the Spindlewood on site support staff could enjoy the festive fun.
- Temporary CCTV Surveillance
- Temporary Internet
- Business Class Telecommunications
- Secure Payment Networks
- Public Wifi
- Event Wifi