InfoComm India opens in Mumbai
INDIA: The fourth edition of InfoComm India got underway on Monday as the show opened at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
‘This is an exciting time for the A/V industry in India,’ said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International, in his opening speech. ‘The region is willing to embrace new technologies, and is now the fastest-growing A/V industry in the world. India represents an A/V market hungry for knowledge and insight into the cutting-edge technologies that will help the country realise its vision of smart cities and digital transformation.’
Smart cities and cyber security were very much on the agenda on day one of the show, with presentations from Mr Nirup Jayanth, head of business development at Surbana Jurong Consultants, on planning sustainable cities; the evolving cyber threat landscape in India from Dr Madan M Oberoi, director, cybercrime directorate at Interpol; the future of cities by Gary Hall, strategy, planning and operations at Cisco Systems as well as an address from the principal secretary at the directorate of information technology of the government of Maharashtra.
This year’s show was co-located with the India Security Conference for the first time, as well as hosting the inaugural Systems Integration India Awards (SIIA) launched by Systems Integration Asia magazine. Meanwhile, the InfoComm India Summit is running a programme of education seminars, industry forums and manufacturer’s presentations across the three-day event.
The arrival of an annual InfoComm event has coincided perfectly with India’s rapid A/V growth over a few short years. A booming population means that the country is in need of new, highly functional urban areas with the infrastructure to cope with rapid expansion and digitisation. India’s Smart Cities initiative has earmarked 27 cities for development, and of course A/V and connectivity will play a huge role in this future expansion.
With an A/V market projected to be worth US$5.4 billion by the end of the year, and a conservative growth estimate of 18.5 per cent year on year, the Indian industry is expanding and educating at a fast pace, and InfoComm 2016 is proof of this. As 120 brands from 30 countries assemble to present the latest in A/V and integrated technologies, the Indian A/V revolution is well and truly underway.