ISE is the world’s top showcase for AV Professionals and this year’s show didn’t disappoint, now in its 14th Year; 2017 was the biggest show yet with more floor space than ever before, a staggering 1,100 Exhibitors and an estimated 73,000 visitors.
There’s so much to talk about but here are some of the technologies of particular interest to McKeon Group and our clients:
The infoComm Flash Briefings were short and concise updates on various technologies and developments in the AV Market.
We particularly enjoyed the “Hearing Assistance” briefing hosted by Williams Sound – https://www.williamssound.com/ outlining the need to more fully address the global health issue of hearing loss and how it affects our AV designs and integration. The emerging technology at the moment is “Real Time Audio via WiFi” allowing hearing Aid users to listen to the presenter or Media in a venue via an app on their smartphone; which in turn can be linked via Bluetooth to their hearing Aids. A number of manufacturers including Williams Sound have developed products utilising this concept. The low cost of installation and quality advantages over loop systems make this a very attractive technology.
Gary Kayye from rAVe publications hosted a briefing on “Social Media Marketing for AV Pros” outlining how Social media shouldn’t be a separate marketing entity in your company — it should be on par to your overall marketing strategy. While encouraging your team to post on social media may seem risky… ‘how do you control and censor what is being put on-line in your company’s name’…. Gary offers a simple piece of advice – “Don’t tell them WHAT to say, tell them what NOT to say”!
Navigating the show was quite a daunting task due to the sheer scale of the venue. Each manufacturer trying to outdo the next with their latest and greatest on display.
Crestron’s “Game Changer” was the launch of their all in one meeting room solution named “Mercury”. Mercury’s features allow you to Present, Call & Collaborate in a simple to use, secure and managed platform. Workers can easily collaborate with colleagues via Crestron Mercury from a laptop or dedicated in-room PC using any soft phone, web conferencing or UC application, such as Skype® for Business, Cisco WebEx®, GotoMeeting®, or Slack®. See here https://www.crestron.com/about/press-news/press-releases/2104 for more information.
Crestron’s 4K Multi-Window Video Processor is also worth a look: HD-WP-4K-401-C
It Simultaneously displays up to four 4K sources on a single display. Automatically reconfigures as sources are connected and disconnected. Works standalone or integrated with a control system. Works with Crestron Connect It™ cable caddies for huddle room applications. See: https://www.crestron.com/products/model/HD-WP-4K-401-C for more information.
Sony’s stand was also a huge hit with attendees. Their Star of the show was CLEDIS which delivers impressively bright, super-size images with mind-blowing clarity. See our video below taken using a Samsung S7… if it weren’t for the reflections on the screen you would guess the person taking the video was actually there! The 9.8m wide screen had people completely immersed at the stand. See: https://www.sony.ie/pro/products/solutions-cledis-display-technology for more information.
Another hit with Sony of huge interest to our Educational Clients is “Vision Exchange”, the intuitive new collaboration solution for education and corporate users. Uniquely flexible and cost effective, Vision Exchange brings together students, lecturers and presenters in a dynamic workgroup-based environment that encourages creative discussion and knowledge exchange.
Ideal for Active Learning classrooms in higher education and corporate conference rooms, Vision Exchange provides a dynamic, flexible solution to suit a wide range of teaching spaces and meeting areas. Teams can brainstorm and work collaboratively, wirelessly sharing content from everyone’s laptop or tablet. It’s just as easy to bring in participants to join the discussion by adding a video connection to remote locations, making teamwork truly global. See: https://www.sony.ie/pro/product/projectors-installation/peq-c100/overview/ for more information.
Sony’s “secret room” showcased some amazing technologies from VR to Smart Short Throw Projectors which we cannot wait to see in production later this year.
Everyone was talking about the LG Stand! A huge stand showcasing all of LG’s display technologies. From Double Sided expansive curved OLED signage walls to their 3.65mm “Wallpaper” OLED Screens and Signage Solutions.
Finlux’s impressive 3D Mounted Video Wall arrangement would look great in any corporate or retail environment.
The KNX stand and the “Smart Building” hall was awash with elegant user interfaces, light switches and connectivity solutions for homes & businesses. Of particular interest was DoorBird’s range of WiFi Video Door Stations which can be easily integrated into existing Security, Automation & VoIP sytems.
Tesla had two futuristic cars on display, which left us wondering how we could convert them to commercial’s and replace our fleet of McKeon Group Vans!
At Panasonic’s stand they continued to promote their amazing Long Life and best in class Laser Projectors & Displays as well as their Lecture Capture Cameras. Their LinkRay (An information distribution tool using RAY/light to LINK end users with additional information and a more complete experience- http://panasonic.net/avc/LinkRay/) Technology was in use throughout their stand –
And a quick overview video of Panasonic’s Stand at ISE 2017 can be found here: http://business.panasonic.eu/ISE2017/
Of Course the highlight for McKeon Group was winning the Crestron Integration Awards on the Wednesday afternoon, with 8 amazing winners in the various categories showcasing the very best of Audio Visual and Automation projects around Europe. We congratulate all of the winners. See: http://www.mckeon.ie/winners-at-2017-integration-awards-in-amsterdam/ for more information.
So Much More:
The pure scale of the show is incomprehensible unless you’ve been there! There’s simply not enough space to even attempt to list all of the highlights.
We can’t wait for ISE 2018!