To speed admission, visitors were identified by radio frequency identification technology in the ticket. The computer center calculated attendance figures and vote results in real time. The Olympiahalle in Munich was too small to hold all the visitors. Additional tents – including a two-story tent of 2,500 square meters – were linked to the main hall to form a carpeted complex with a total surface area of 7,000 square meters. These measures ensured that everyone had a seat and – via video screens – a clear view of the central podium. For the public address system with its 60,000-Watt loudspeakers and the lighting system, a total of 25 kilometers of cables had specially been laid.
A total of 430 service personnel (340 catering staff, 40 kitchen staff and 50 cooks) were on hand to meet visitors’ gastronomic needs with, for example, 12,000 liters of soft drinks, 80,000 cups, 25,000 helpings of cream and fresh coffee brewed from 210 kilos of beans. About 34,000 sugar stick sachets, 20,000 pastries and, last but not least, a total of some 2.5 tons of assorted meat and sausage products were also provided.
In the foyer, Siemens showcased its Environmental Portfolio comprising products and solutions for high-efficiency power generation and ecofriendly energy consumption. Visitors could also look at Siemens’ latest computed tomography system – the Somatom Definition Flash, which produces razor-sharp images of the beating heart in only a fraction of the time and with only a fraction of the radiation required by conventional CT scanners.