Top-Quality Event Technology
More than 40 years of experience in the international event sector, a stock of ultra-modern equipment throughout Germany, extensive technical know-how and a pronounced service philosophy: Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik is a high-end supplier of event technology. The company offers its clients expert consulting, creative design, detailed planning and high-quality realization in the fields of audio, lighting, video, conference technology, media production, event IT, rigging and staging. Additionally, N&M has accumulated an impressive amount of knowledge and experience with the planning and implementation of digital and hybrid events over the past years.
N&M’s clients include agencies and event organizers as well as national and international corporations. The company manages the technical side of AGMs, trade fairs and product presentations, congresses and press conferences. Its specialists work out technical concepts for festivals, tours and cultural events. Moreover, since its very early days, N&M has worked very closely with major radio and television stations.
N&M supports its national and international clients with its 20 offices in Germany and its branch in Barcelona. The enterprise employs over 800 people and works with a partner pool consisting of 2,600 freelance specialists: technicians, supervisors and engineers from a variety of disciplines.
Berlin ⋅ May 2022
Meeting of G7 Development Ministers
Small component, massive impact: “Loadwatch” is a completely wireless load cell jointly developed by Neumann&Müller. It allows our partners and trade fair clients to monitor a large number of suspension points. At the “Best of Events” (BoE) trade fair we wanted to explain to visitors the important role “Loadwatch” plays in booth construction. Together with go-development GmbH, our partner in the development of the load cell, we built an exhibit that explained “Loadwatch” in a fun way while also accurately demonstrating how the system works. This prop was especially aimed at clients and visitors who previously had not concerned themselves to any great degree with this field of technology.
The goal with Case Invaders – created by us based on the retro video game “Space Invaders” – was to protect a truss from having to bear too much weight. The team from Digital Media was responsible for the design, programming and graphical realisation of the exhibit. Visitors to the booth at “BoE” controlled the “Case Invaders” game with a lever connected to a real “Loadwatch” load cell via pulleys. This simulated a real load, and the players’ task was to prevent excessive loading by eliminating “cases”.
In Dortmund the gamification of the exhibit was not just an eye-catcher for the N&M booth but also encouraged a lot of curious visitors to ask our project managers for more information about “Loadwatch”. “Case Invaders” was an extraordinary and creative solution that allowed our Digital Media team to explain complex technical interrelationships in a fun way.
Munich ⋅ November 2022
NewPower Worldwide Booth at electronica 2022
Held in Munich in the middle of November, electronica 2022 highlighted its significance as the electronics industry’s leading global trade fair and conference platform – with over 2,100 exhibitors presenting their innovations across the entire electronics spectrum to 70,000 attendees. “meplan” designed the brand presentation at electronica for NewPower Worldwide, the fast growing globally operating distributor for the procurement and redistribution of electronic components, computer products and peripherals. Like us, these experts for the perfect trade fair experience are service partners of Messe München and commissioned us to plan and implement the suspension points and trusses as well as the lighting, audio, video and camera equipment.
One of the visual elements of the booth concept was based on around 700 metres of LED stripes. They were installed by meplan, and we integrated them into a data network. With half of the LED stripes, all the pixels could be activated individually, creating impressive effects for the about 30 light universes.
A further challenge we were able to master thanks to ideal collaboration with meplan was the suspension of a video cube consisting of four 98-inch LED displays. In order to suspend this eye-catcher in the middle of NewPower Worldwide’s booth, the substructure was modified to save weight.
The booth itself boasted two more 98-inch and 75-inch displays supplied with content from a video control desk. In her role of video director, Christine Clemenz from Chili Concept coordinated the footage from three camera operators and a “domecam”. We provided the equipment for recording as well as for signal and image mixing along with the playback, the corresponding servers and a powerful multi-display software. The LED stripes and moving lights were controlled from a digital mixing desk. We also chose the lights, which allowed us a great deal of flexibility in controlling the colour temperature. We installed the PA system in a ring around the display cube so that attendees were able to accurately localise the sound.
Stuttgart ⋅ September 2022
Porsche presents “Dream Day”
As the entrepreneur Ferry Porsche once said: “Those lucky enough to build a business out of a dream owe it to the world to be the caretakers of dreams.” When he couldn’t find the sports car of his dreams, the engineer simply built it himself. With this company history in mind, on 25th September – “World Dream Day” – the Porsche company encouraged people in Stuttgart to reveal their dreams. In the run-up to the event itself, people were asked to submit their own dreams in an “out-of-home” marketing campaign on posters, in local media and on social media.
On the day itself, the Porsche team in Stuttgart interviewed passers-by in Pariser Platz and the Dorotheen district, asking them what motivated them and gave them guidance. And then came the big surprise: just a few moments after revealing their personal dream, it was artistically visualised on the two three by three-metre LED cubes – turning them into an inspiration for their fellow human beings. In the evening, the dreams were presented once more in a different form: a photographer had created portraits of the dreamers and when darkness came, they were projected onto the walls of the buildings in Dorotheenplatz in the forms of photo montages.
Porsche had commissioned us to design the video technology for this emotional campaign, to generate the digital content and to upload it live. We designed the LED cubes with the three by three-metre surfaces. To create the perfect, high-quality impression – especially at the corners – special components had to be manufactured and surrounded by sections. To create the impression of visual weightlessness, the cubes were mounted on the truss substructure to make them look as if they were hovering.
The Digital Media team implemented the custom real-time renderings using “Unreal Engine”. The content that had been created was played back via eight media servers. Pre-programmed automation was used for recording and uploading to the cloud for the dreamers to download and share. The diversity of the dreams generated was enormous: they were created in four separate dimensions, which meant that – mathematically speaking – 21,296 versions of the dream visualisations could have been produced. Each of them was constantly rendered live with four million particles in the cubes.
Hanover ⋅ September 2022
SAF-Holland Booth at IAA Transportation
SAF-Holland presented innovations in electrification, digitalisation and autonomous driving at IAA Transportation. The fair sees itself as the world’s most important platform for the future of the commercial vehicle industry. In the middle of November, the globally leading manufacturer of vehicle assemblies and components for trailers, trucks and buses presented the “TRAKr” electric trailer axle in Hanover. It converts kinetic energy into electrical energy, stores it in a battery and uses it to feed electrical loads such as refrigerated and building material trailers. The company also presented its “Automated Coupling System”, which speeds up automated coupling and uncoupling procedures using a sensor-based process, and a digital tyre pressure monitoring system, which, coupled with an automated re-inflation system, is intended to prevent tyre failures and prolong their service life.
We were commissioned by the “mbco” booth construction specialists to carry out technical design and implementation for all the media equipment used in SAF-Holland’s corporate presence.
The 4.50-metre by 2.50-metre high-resolution LED wall with a pixel pitch of just 2.6 millimetres could be seen from far and wide. The booth’s eye-catcher was flown on the ground support. This job required precise alignment as the entire truss table was to be completely covered. We also provided a WLAN for the LED wall as well as especially programmed software to allow user-friendly selection of one of two videos without having to manually switch over the playback source at the video control desk.
The new SAF-Holland products were presented at three stations on 98-inch displays, which we had built in flush with the walls. mbco had designed a fly bracket especially for this purpose. The team on the booth presented the systems using touch displays. To prevent stray light from the bright booth lighting from interfering with the displays, we decided to use the latest iiyama range with 32 capacitive touch points.
At one station, the client wanted the LED stripes installed in the table to be triggered by the associated touch display. This involved connecting all components with one another. In addition to the LED stripes and the displays on the table and on the wall, this also included a mini-PC controlling a Brightsign player via the network. This was a complex sub-project requiring thorough coordination among all involved in the run-up to the event as well support from N&M’s digital media team. This team also handled the technical implementation in a touch application of the third-party graphical animations. And it wasn’t only the use of LED technology that helped to make the presentation in Hanover environmentally-friendly: the booth was designed in such a way so that it could be used almost in its entirety at a subsequent presentation location.
Berlin ⋅ May 2022
Meeting of G7 Development Ministers
In 2022 Germany held the annually rotating presidency of the G7. The meetings of ministers from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada and the USA as well as representatives of the European Union are considered a platform for developing a key impetus to the solution of global problems. In the middle of May, Svenja Schulze, the German development minister, welcomed her fellow ministers to a two-day meeting in Berlin. The agenda included items such as the rebuilding of Ukraine, the food crisis and climate change.
We were hired as a technical service provider and were responsible for coordinating and controlling all technical services. Over a period spanning many years, we have gathered expertise in realising top-level international conferences and are also familiar with the rules of protocol associated with political summits, so it is no surprise that we were closely integrated into the event’s organisation team.
First we established a planning overview and performed the layout planning in accordance with requirements for artloft.berlin, the location chosen for the meeting by the client. The loft-like event space in the restored former ironworks covers six floors, each with several rooms. We equipped the location for the plenary sessions of the ministers’ summit as well as for bilateral meetings. There were also breakout and “listening” rooms, press workplaces and various offices and rooms for the teams from the different disciplines.
We also designed the central conference table and a conference system for easy communication between the attendees, which was simultaneously interpreted into six languages. We put the technical equipment in place for this service as well as for the hybrid parts of the conference with up to 15 virtual participant. The press conference was also held in a hybrid format, with our technicians providing the seven audio tracks required.
During the working session of the G7 representatives there was a live link-up to the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal as well as local discussions with the current G20 Presidency from Indonesia. Other representatives from India, Senegal and the African Union also joined in via video link along with the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the President of the World Bank and various G7 Engagement Groups. Furthermore, a joint session with the G7 health minsters, who had also gathered in the city, was broadcast from Berlin’s city hall.
As far as equipment was concerned, we set up the rooms and provided the furniture, office equipment and privacy screens. We also designed and set up the photo platform and backdrop – for the initial “doorstep” in front of the parade flags up to the customary “family photo” to mark the end of the event (which we had prepared for both good and rainy weather).
To make sure that we could adhere to the tight schedule, an additional workspace was provided for the preliminary set-up (and dismantling after the event) of all the equipment including control desk and the ten interpreter booths. As the event covered four floors of the building, we decided to route the cables outside and along the facade. The two central event locations – the plenum and the press conference – were basically only connected via one fibre optic cable, which led to greater efficiency as it was used across the various technical disciplines. At the same time, the security zones had to be maintained in all areas (including the stairwell and lifts). These were monitored by Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office. We closely coordinated the entire set-up and dismantling operations with the other tenants at the location and made sure there was ongoing communication with all concerned.
Location: International Congress Center (ICS) Stuttgart
Video quality: Live: 1080p50 / Stream: 1080p25
Sound quality: on demand
Number of cameras: 4
Internet speed: on demand, up to 200 mbit/s symmetrical
Screen/LED availability: 75″ and 85″ FullHD sreens; more screens and LED walls upon request
Streaming software used: hardware encoding for h264, software encoding optional
With three fully equipped studios and tailor-made streaming packages, Messe Stuttgart – the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre – provides the perfect infrastructure for virtual and hybrid events. The ICS is located at the eastern end of Messe Stuttgart, placing it right next to the motorway and the airport. Learn more here!
Location: Hamburg City Studio
Video quality: HD and 4K
Sound quality: 44.1kHz / 48kHz
Number of cameras: 4
Internet speed: 100 mbit sym.
Screen/LED availability: LED screen upon request
Streaming software used: Blackmagic ATEM2 / Vmix
Location: xR Stage at Bavaria Studios, Munich
Video quality: Live: 1080p50 / Stream: 1080p25
Sound quality: upon request
Number of cameras: crane-mounted camera; camera tracking system; 3 HD cameras
Internet speed: 100 mbit/s
Screen/LED availability: fully operational extended reality setup; 8 x 4 m LED rear wall; 6 x 4 m LED side wall; 8 x 6 m LED floor
Streaming software used: depending on client needs
Location: International Congress Center Munich (ICM)
Video quality: Stream Full-HD/25p
Sound quality: Shure Wireless Systems, DPA Headsets, Yamaha Mixers, Broadcast Quality
Number of cameras: Different packages from 2-4 cameras
Internet speed: 100 Mbit/s
Screen/LED availability: on demand
Streaming software used:hardware encoding for h264, software encoding optional
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