Digitisation

The IT infrastructure and the tools used and offered by MCI have a significant environmental footprint.

The digitisation of our infrastructure and the services we offer presents one of the biggest opportunities for MCI to significantly improve the waste and energy impacts from our events, our business productivity and client value proposition.

The Cloud

In 2016 MCI Group has continued our ambitious process of “walking into the cloud”, migrating and outsourcing our servers to a Cloud-based infrastructure powered by Microsoft Office 365 – an effort we started in 2014.

Through analysis we have identified a strong opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint in moving our dedicated on-premise installation to a cloud-based infrastructure.

The key goals of the IT plan are:

  • Help MCI talent to embrace digital technology and benefit from a competitive IT environment
  • Support the business integration of the MCI Group
  • Improve our environmental footprint
  • Capture value created by the digitisation of our industry
  • Protect our clients’ data and comply with best-in-class standards

Ultimately, our goal is that MCI will no longer have to maintain an energy-sapping IT environment.

Teamed with MCI’s renewable energy and offsetting commitments, we aim to continuously reduce our IT footprint. In 2017 MCI aims to upgrade the majority of IT equipment. New machines are being purchased will be highly efficient and eco-labelled where possible, and the replaced equipment will be recycled.

Dematerialisation

Our Audio Visual and production business unit Dorier, has a major focus to find new technologies and materials that will reduce waste, help our clients to tell their stories and communicate their key messages in innovative and emotive ways.

One such example is 3D Mapping. This is a projection technology used to turn objects into a display surface for video projection.

These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects or theatrical stages. By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object. As a result, we can now reduce the need to build complex brand new environments and stage structures out of wood, plastic and metal, with rentable backdrops that can be reused multiple times.

Photo credit: Goh Hak Liang

Lighting is another area of fast innovation. LED lights have the potential to reduce by up to 90% the energy we require to create stand and stage lighting. LED lighting also requires less cables, is more compact (less transportation) and produces less heat – so is more pleasant to those on stage. 

In 2016, we helped deliver I Light Marina Bay in Singapore – Asia’s leading sustainable light art exhibition!

From the blog

Read the latest articles from our sustainability blog – “Less Conversation More Action“- where we share frontline views and experiences about sustainability in the Meetings & Events Industry.