InfoComm 2016 begins
WORLD: The Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to make its presence felt at InfoComm 2016. The show organiser has welcomed around 1,000 exhibitors, occupying more than 50,000 sq-m of show space, making it the largest A/V tradeshow in North America. InfoComm 2016 builds on last year’s record attendance, with attendees from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries around the world.
InfoComm 2016 is featuring a pavilion on the show floor devoted to IoT technologies and solutions. This follows the Super Tuesday session dedicated to how A/V professionals can understand and exploit IoT advances in their AV/IT systems and business processes. From networked devices to advanced sensors, IoT technologies are enabling smarter spaces for collaboration and entertainment, for which everything from digital signage to conferencing is benefitting from the intelligence that is inherent to IoT solutions.
In the four days preceding the 8.45am ribbon cutting on Wednesday 8th June, Infocomm hosted hundreds of educational seminars as part of its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) programme, which is continuing during the show itself. Over 5,000 seats were filled at InfoComm University sessions, providing a diversity of courses on topics ranging from acoustics to videoconferencing. Exhibitors often worry that the show floor is abandoned in favour of the classroom, but attendees seem to build time into their schedules with military precision in order to visit exhibits of interest. As a solutions show, InfoComm needs to be fully explored by those attendees who need to see all the different pieces, before putting it all together into a working system for their bespoke needs.
Most of the demonstration rooms showcased many loudspeaker brands on the preview day and as such drew a healthy number of audio consultants, systems integrators and dealers for critical listening. Meyer Sound promoted its new Galileo Galaxy audio processor, MDM-5000 distribution model and MJF-208 compact monitor, in addition to entertaining attendees with its immersive cinema system. Martin Audio highlighted its latest CDD Live speakers in addition to the established MLA Compact and Mini systems, whilst L-Acoustics took the wraps off Kiva II. Harman promoted various JBL and Intellivox speaker systems in addition to Martin Lighting. EV highlighted its X-1 and X-2 line array technologies, whilst Alcons, Community, DAS Audio, Music (Tannoy), Pioneer, Presonus, RCF, Renkus Heinz and Yamaha are all demonstrating their latest loudspeaker technologies every two hours.
Needless to say as the crowds entered the show on the opening morning, they appeared to gravitate towards the bigger A/V brands such as Aurora, Blackmagic Design, Christie Digital, Crestron, Epson, Microsoft, NEC, Panasonic, Ricoh and Samsung. The blue-carpeted audio section of the Central Hall may have borne fewer footsteps of attendees but was nonetheless busy as new launches were being announced during the morning from several leading companies including Biamp Systems.