How do you manage the health and safety of a massive festival that has over 100 venues, lasts for two weeks and stretches from one end of downtown Austin to the other? You create comprehensive safety plans and stand up a state-of-the-art command center using technology from Event Intelligence Group.
SXSW has grown to include more than 2,200 acts in 107 venues… and that does not include the unofficial venues that pull permits, but are not officially part of SXSW. These venues stretch from, the “soon-to-be-leveled-for-a new-high-rise” Austin Music Hall, on the West side of town, all the way across I-35 on the East side of town where the Spotify House is located. There’s also a free outdoor venue, which has a capacity of 20,000, next to the Long Performing Arts Center.
EIG has deployed 18 full high def cameras to cover the entire festival and a people- counting system to track occupancy of the free outdoor venue, utilizing our secure, high-bandwidth wireless network. SXSW is a unique event for EIG as the deployment of the CCTV system is mounted on the roofs of hotels and condo buildings as opposed to more typical vantage points from stages and other temporary structures.
EIG is fortunate to work on many events in Austin in addition to SXSW, including Austin City Limits Festival and Austin Trail of Lights. Due to the amount of time we spend in the city, officially nicknamed, “Live Music Capital of the World,” we have a deep relationship with the many fine restaurants in Austin. Sway continues to blow us away with their fresh twist on Thai and our favorite new find this year was Wu Chow, which does a full Dim Sum brunch that we were not able to make, but we had the distinct pleasure of sampling their soup dumplings one night this week. Handled properly, these dumplings are some of the most sumptuous and delicious soup dumplings we have ever had, including in Hong Kong.
EIG… keeping SXSW safe… and weird.