Smukfest, a large music festival in Denmark, uses Hytera DMR radios and repeaters to ensure that its staff can easily communicate with each other and by doing so, help safeguard the 50,000 visitors it receives every year
Every August, among the beech trees of Skanderborg you’ll find music lovers flocking to Denmark’s answer to Glastonbury.
From its humble beginning back in 1980 with just seven bands and 600 spectators, Smukfest now draws a crowd of more than 50,000 and has featured headline acts from the likes of Prince and Eric Clapton.
The vast scale of the festival site and the sheer number of visitors demands effective communication between organisers, security personnel, production teams and operational staff to ensure the smooth running of the festival and to guarantee the health and safety of staff and music lovers alike.
So how do you keep the music playing and the punters safe when you’re on an enormous site, surrounded by trees, 50,000 people and music reaching levels of more than 110 decibels?
The challengeChristened as “Denmark’s Most Beautiful Festival”, Smukfest takes place in a Beech Forest, which as magical as it might be, presents a topographically challenging environment when it comes to communication.
On the large and remote festival site, coverage was also likely to cause an issue. Mobile phone usage is not an option as public mobile networks can quickly become jammed at festivals due to heavy usage. They also present issues with battery life, sound quality and in emergency situations, run the risk of leaving employees with no way to communicate.
Smukfest approached Total Teknik, an authorised Hytera dealer, looking for a solution that would provide reliable coverage, instant communications and a way for multiple groups of staff to have simultaneous conversions with different people.
A crowd pleasing solution
To ensure reliable communications across the festival site, Smukfest selected the Hytera PD6 and PD7 Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) handsets, together with a cleverly distributed repeater network to provide instant communications and the capacity required to support call volume.
Offering great battery life, coverage and IP67 ingress protection, the durable and rugged radios can withstand knocks, drops and splashes.The PD6 and PD7 handsets also provide excellent noise cancellation on voice transmission and feature an emergency call function if needed –both essentials when working in noisy environments among large crowds.
The handsets were also selected for their ‘ease of use’ design and interface. With thousands of temporary staff unfamiliar with radio use, the solution needed to be user-friendly and intuitive so that volunteers could quickly get to grips with usage.
The 2017 line-up saw the likes of Jamiroquai, Mark Ronson, Major Lazer, Clean Bandit, Status Quo and Ellie Goulding gracing the stage, all without a hiccup. Staff and volunteers at Smukfest benefited from an improved sense of security and clear sound across the site, supporting smooth operations and logistics so that everyone could have a fantastic but safe festival experience.