Educational A/V shows rapid regional growth
MEA: Figures from InfoComm International show that the value of the educational audiovisual market in the Middle East and Africa is set to increase by 71 per cent on 2012 figures. Research from the organisation predicts the market hitting US$639 million in 2016, as compared to the US$373 million figure in 2012.
Governments, schools, and universities in the Middle East are reportedly embracing digital technology such as whiteboards, interactive displays and projectors, video collaboration, and distance learning. In the UAE, education will be the third-largest audiovisual segment by 2016, when spending will cross US$200 million, according to InfoComm International.
‘Middle East educational institutions are at the forefront of using interactive audiovisual tools to provide students with the collaborative skills of the digital economy,’ said Swadesh Khetawat, managing director of Dubai-based Taxan Gulf FZCO, which distributes audiovisual products in 20 countries. ‘Whether in large or small groups, collaborative solutions facilitate more engaged learning and easier teaching.’
One notable example of audiovisual technology in the classroom is GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis in Dubai, which has installed a Prysm Cascade 190 videowall.
‘Using videowalls, Middle East educators and students can share and interact with different types of digital content to facilitate collaborative, online, and blended learning,’ said Dana Corey, vice president of global sales, Prysm. ‘Thanks to leadership from institutions such as GEMS, the Middle East is enhancing its global leadership in educational innovation.’
Driving educational innovation with technology, exhibitors at InfoComm MEA 2015 will feature audiovisual solutions from more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers from 30 countries. The fifth InfoComm MEA will be co-located with Gitex Technology Week 2015 from 19-21 October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.