Mixed start for Cabsat
UAE: The 2016 edition of Cabsat got off to a challenging start. While a number of high profile absentees drew attention, the new floor plan proved difficult for many to navigate and plenty of exhibitors felt that foot traffic was down on previous years.
To start with the most contentious issue, there are a few headline exhibitors who have this year decided not to participate. Saudi Arabian integrator, First Gulf, is a high profile absentee this year, while Dubai-based distributor, GSL Professional, has opted to put on its own Studer Week event instead. Perhaps the most notable absentee is Sony. Although this is somewhat incongruous as the manufacturer and systems integrator has a presence on a number of its distributors’ booths. This being said, the statement designs of many of its previous booths has made the decision not to have its own stand all the more apparent.
Away from those who chose not to be present, the show itself offers visitors the opportunity to see some products on show in the region for the first time. Avid is chief amongst this with the first intercontinental demonstration of its Pro Tools Collaborate solution while TSL Products is giving a regional debut to its new MPA range.
Elsewhere, there were a pair of global launches, with Imagine Communications and Exterity both using Cabsat as the location to unveil brand new solutions. Imagine has introduced its xG Schedule cloud-based scheduling and planning system, while Exterity is showing the AvediaServer 7.4, the latest update to its centralised IP video system management hub.
While there is plenty to see across the show floor, there have been questions about the chosen layout and subsequent visitor numbers. Exhibitors in Hall 1 generally had a good first day with packed aisles from the opening. However, over in the connected Zabeel Halls 1 and 2 the crowd was noticeably thinner. This was even more pronounced over in the new Zabeel Halls.
While the visitor numbers may appear to be lower on the first day, the international importance of Cabsat is still apparent. For many exhibitors, this is the major show to be present at for the Middle East and Africa as it draws a genuinely regional crowd, and the quality of the visitor has been noted with many attending to specify systems for new projects.
Cabsat continues at the Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday March 10th.