WEF 2008: Alpiq masters the logistics challenge in Davos

From 23 to 27 January 2008, the world's elite from industry and politics met at the World Economic Forum (WEF). 27 Heads of State and Government, some 1,400 managers as well as metumerous representatives of non-profit organisations and universities were taking advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss global economic topics. As in recent years, the professionals from Alpiq were ensuring a good infrastructure with tailor-made communications and energy solutions.

Over recent years the World Economic Forum has developed into a worldwide media event, which in terms of infrastructure demands reliable partners.

One of these partners is Alpiq InTec Ost AG in Davos. It ensures the reliable supply of electricity to numerous temporary installations and for the worldwide communications connections. For example, in the Press Centre for around 160 work places. The installation and dismantling of innumerable cables, connections and lines at temperatures that are well below freezing point and in the centre of the winter sports resort Davos is a massive logistics challenge.

Starting already in December 2007, customers from around the world sent their requirements for communications during the WEF to the Alpiq branch office in Davos. Fortunately not in 100 different languages. "We agreed to the languages German, French and English", says Hans Peter Schmid, Manager of Alpiq InTec Ost AG (Alpiq Building Services) in Davos.

Hans Peter Schmid and his team had a total of three months for planning, preparation, installation and setting up until from the 23rd of January it becomes essential that every ground fault circuit interrupter holds, every lamp lights, none of the PCs crash and every participant can communicate with the whole world precisely according to his/her wishes.