I Want My MP3

Playback Now, a Norcross, Ga. — based company that produces cassettes, CD-ROMs, and videos of conference sessions, has expanded its production services to offer CDs in MP3 format. Using MP3 compression technology, more than 20 hours of audio can fit on a single CD. Compare that to a traditional CD that can only hold 80 minutes of audio. The company has been testing the format with clients for more than a year. It first rolled out the MP3 CDs at Penton Media's fall 2000 Internet World conference, and hasn't looked back. Cassettes and traditional CDs are no longer offered at that show.

IEEE Licenses New Release

International Conference Management, Bethesda, Md., released Event Manager Systems 6.0 in late fall 2001 for desktop and Web platforms. Among the first to implement the conference management software's upgraded Web edition will be the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, which has licensed most of the EMS modules, including those for registration, housing, lead tracking, and credit card authorization.

Cisco Does Fairmont

Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels is working with Cisco Systems to deploy high-speed Internet access in every guest room and meeting space at all its 37 properties. Broadband services, wired and wireless, are already online in all meeting rooms and public areas, and guest rooms are expected to be computer-ready by early second quarter.

The Search Is On

EIBTM, the international meetings expo in Geneva, has put out its call for the latest in event technology solutions. For the third year in a row, the show's WorldWide Watch program is searching for tech developments “most likely to have an influence on the future of the incentive, business travel, and the meetings industry.” What's at stake is exposure. The company whose product is selected by EIBTM's independent panel of judges will be a keynote feature of the May 21 to 23 event at Geneva's Palexpo. For an entry form and further information, contact Maxine Stewart at Maxine.stewart@reedexpo.co.uk. For more information on EIBTM, visit http://travel.reedexpo.com and click on the EIBTM logo.