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[June 06, 2012]

Palais des congrès de Montréal to embark on a major technology revamp that will position it among North America's top convention centres

MONTREAL, Jun 6, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- The Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal is pleased to announce they have selected the consortium formed by Bell and Cisco as their project integrator for the improvement of the Palais des congrès de Montréal's technology environment and services. The selection followed a public bidding process. The initial phase of the project will involve upgrading the wired and wireless internet network infrastructures, and installing a dynamic signage network equipped with touch screens.

"We are proud to team up with world IT leaders with operations in Montréal. Their expertise will contribute to the renewal of the business customer experience and to promoting Montréal's know-how locally and internationally," indicates Marc Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Adds Élaine Legault, Client Experience Director and the person in charge of the project's development: "The Palais already enjoys a distinctive reputation for its personalized and solution-driven approach. Adding technology to our service offering means our customers will be guaranteed an unforgettable experience in the heart of a city widely reputed for its creative flair." The technological optimization of the Palais is already underway as the convention centre prepares to host 2,100 delegates from 80 countries for the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) October 21 to 24, 2012.

"As Québec's leading communications company, Bell is very pleased that the Palais des congrès has chosen our innovative business communications solutions. We look forward to helping make the Palais a world-class showcase for the latest broadband communications technology and services," said Martine Turcotte, Executive Vice-President, Québec, Bell.

"The Cisco team in Québec, backed by Cisco's worldwide expertise in event technology, is proud to contribute to the Palais' growing reputation nationally and internationally. We adapt business technologies to conventions and all types of events for the purpose of improving the customer experience on an ongoing basis," underscores Jean-Claude Ouellet, Vice-President, Sales and Operations, Eastern Canada, Cisco.

A strategic project The Palais des congrès de Montréal is in the process of a major hi-tech modernization project. During the course of 2012, it will become one of the leading technology-friendly convention centres in North America, where event organizers, exhibitors and convention-goers will enjoy a high performance environment.

Noteworthy improvements include: -- Upgraded network infrastructure for unparalleled connectivity; -- New e-commerce-enabled web platform also featuring dedicated intranet zones for customers to facilitate event and exhibition planning and foster efficient information sharing; -- An event-focused customizable mobile app organizers, exhibitors and convention-goers can use throughout the course of their stay; -- New digital signage and touch screens for broadcasting rich content tailored to each event; -- An event intelligence infrastructure focused on further enhancing the networking experience for convention-goers, and also tracking strategic statistical data for convention and exhibition organizers.

The Palais will also launch a new mobile-adapted website that will feature a user friendly and thoroughly enjoyable browsing experience.

Designed in tandem with the firm Inpix, the site will quickly set a new industry standard by offering rich content and superior quality graphics.

Québec Tourism Minister Nicole Ménard states: "The Palais' new technology offering will render the convention centre top-of-mind with decision-makers from major associations who want their delegates to benefit from hi-tech know-how and a high performance environment. The record number of 368 events hosted by the Palais in 2011-12 and the more than $200 M they generated speaks to the importance of investing in growth-generating projects that will make it possible for the city and the province to maintain their favourable reputation as business destinations." Connected to the world and in synch with the needs of customers continually seeking the latest trends in high performance user-friendly solutions, the Palais will become a global platform for major events where success will be measured by the extent and quality of the technological experience.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for over 28 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-rate destination. To learn more about the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit our website at www.congresmtl.com.

About Bell Headquartered in Montréal, Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, Bell Internet high-speed, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For Bell products and service information, please visit Bell.ca. For information about Bell Media, visit BellMedia.ca. For information about BCE, visit BCE.ca.

About Cisco Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco, has offices across Canada dedicated to customer support, sales and service. Its Québec City and Montréal offices employ over 150 people. The company is very active in the field of education in Québec through its Cisco Networking Academy Program, which is taught to 4,600 students in more than 45 schools across the province. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/canada/.

To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2012/06/c6377.html SOURCE: Palais des congrès de Montréal Source: Chrystine Loriaux, Adm.A., B.A.A. Director, Marketing and Communications Societe du Palais des congres de Montreal Phone: 514871-3104 For information: Amelie Asselin Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs Societe du Palais des congres de Montreal amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com Phone: 514871-5897 Marie-Ève Francoeur Associate Director, Media Relations Bell Phone: 514 391-5263 marie-eve.francoeur@bell.ca Jade Lavallee-Labossiere Consultant, Public Relations H+K Strategies for Cisco Phone: 514 395-0375 ext. 224 Cell. : 514 349-9090 jade.lavallee-labossiere@hkstrategies.ca

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