LAS VEGAS—The premier trade show for the pro-A/V industry in the United States–InfoComm16, June 4-10 at the Las Vegas’ Convention Center–is right around the corner. Many of the topics and sessions at InfoComm are of big interest to Government Video readers, with the show covering the newest trends in projectors and screens, monitors, audio and video equipment, intercom systems, specialty furniture and control systems. The big theme this year: the Internet of Things (IoT).
InfoComm organizers are expecting nearly 1,000 exhibitors occupying more than 500,000 square feet of show space. This year’s keynote speaker is Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. Dubner is most known for his authorship of the Freakonomics book series.
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New to InfoComm this year is the “Digital Signage Summit” super session, which will explore case studies, cutting edge technology and best practices for digital signage applications. The Digital Signage Summit’s presence at InfoComm–traditionally a separate event held annually throughout the world–is a reflection of digital signage’s importance to the A/V industry. The one-day conference will feature several speakers covering best practices, commercial uses and how to leverage the internet for its effectiveness in A/V applications.
Alan Brawn, principal at Brawn Consulting
Alan Brawn, principal at Brawn Consulting, who will speak on best practices and planning strategies for digital signage, notes that digital signage has evolved from its advertising roots into mainstream communications, making it more suitable for public sector use. “With the ability to manage information from a central location with varying sub-levels of administrative access, this is perfect for the public sector’s range of applications and specific policies and procedures to adhere to,” Brawn said. “Attending DSS will provide a look at the current status of digital signage options and plant the seeds of what it can do for your specific applications.”
A new super session covering the IoT theme at this year’s show will take place Tuesday, June 7. The day-long conference will feature panelists discussing “Digitization and How IoT Changes Everything” and “IoT in the Real World.” Other topics include security, data analytics, system utilization, and novel interfaces–touching on how new wearable devices fit into the A/V world.
InfoComm has tons of other seminars and workshops taking place June 8-10. Veteran attendees will discover that there is at least one new topic in each of the voluminous seminar categories offered: audio, business and management, control, design, digital signage, worship, IT and networking, project and technology management, sales and marketing, staging and live events, unified communications and collaboration, video and display and emerging technologies.
A seminar that may be of interest to Government Video readers, “Visual Collaboration and the Internet of Things,” on Thursday, June 9 will provide insight into new application trends in visual collaboration. Attendees will learn about new sensor technology and IoT and hear from experts about what trends are impacting the current collaboration space. Another useful seminar, “Doing Dynamic Digital Signage Right the First Time,” taking place Thursday, June 9, will use speaker’s past experiences to help attendees set realistic expectations when planning and executing a digital signage project.
InfoComm will also conduct A/V tech tours throughout Las Vegas, offering numerous case studies for audio design, digital signage and video. The tours will go the University of Nevada Las Vegas, The Westgate Sportsbook, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Love and Blue Man Group productions.
Some of the best ways to get information about A/V products are from the vendors themselves. The Manufacturer Training Sessions will return, with participants including Crestron, Williams Sound, Anixter, Global Cache, Vaddio and Shure.
For those visitors into hands-on learning, InfoComm is introducing free live events where visitors will get the latest tips on rigging safety from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Attendees will even have the chance to mix sound for a live onstage band or attend microphone and lighting console labs.
Here’s a perfect lunch plan for Wednesday June 8: the UCC State of the Industry Lunch and Learn. During this luncheon, industry experts and senior executives will address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. Attendees will even get the chance to ask questions and challenge the panelists.
Planar Leyard NVH Series LED Video Wall
With nearly 1,000 exhibitors, there will be plenty of new gear to see on the show floor, including high-end monitors and video walls. This year Planar Systems will be showing five new variations of their LED video wall bundles of their Leyard Series line and Panasonic will showcase their new 55-inch Professional Display for Video Walls with 700cd/m2, targeting control rooms and surveillance centers. Sharp will show their 55-inch PN-V550 LED monitor.
For audio, Shure will demo its Microflex Wireless Two-Channel System conferencing package, which includes wireless handheld mics, docking power station, bodypack transmitters, gooseneck microphones and base transmitters, and an audio network interface box for distributing signals. All of these components come in different variations for matching a buyer’s needs. Williams Sound will show their new 1-way, 11-listener Digi-wave Tour Guide System, which allows four independent tour groups to operate simultaneously. DPA Microphones will showcase a new expansion to their d:vote Instrument Microphone line, which encompasses three new instrument mount options: the CM4099 Clamp Mount, the SM4099 Stand Mount and the AC4099 Clip for the accordion.
Christie's 6900 Lumens 1DLP Laser Phosphor Projector
On the projectors side, Canon will show a line of 5000 lumen projectors while Christie Digital Systems will show six variations of their new line of laser phosphor projectors and a new 30,000 lumen digital projector.
For video production, Vaddio will demo their PCC Premier broadcast joystick controller, which with its 7-inch screen and three-axis joystick, can control up to 16 PTZ cameras at a time. Matrox will introduce Monarch LCS, a lecture capture appliance for combining video and computer graphics. It allows presenters to use a variety of layouts to suit their presentation type, like picture-in-picture, side-by-side and switching mode for dynamical input changes throughout the lecture.
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