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‘Cinema is the last collective experience – and it’s here to stay’
CEDIA’s Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck join Rich Green (second from left) and Peter Aylett (third from left) on the ISE Main Stage
Designing custom experiences for all At CEDIA’s Human Centric Design session on the Main Stage yesterday, senior AV system designer Rich Green defined human-centric design as a way of transforming an engineering mindset into a humane design mindset. This phenomenon, which began around 15 years ago, has evolved very quickly into what is now being called design thinking. Peter Aylett, president and CTO at Archimedia, added to this definition, describing human-centric design as the link between technology and the discovery process, for example, when you find out who your client is, as well as what their needs and challenges are. “By gaining empathy with the end-user, you become an anthropologist or an ethnographer,” said Green. “You go into their lives, you sit in their chair, you wear their shoes, you see the world from their perspective. By doing this you gain an understanding of where the friction points are and what makes their life a little more complicated
than it needs to be. Once you have a better understanding of their needs, then you can start developing processes around that.” How might we improve a family’s experience as they come home from school or work? How might we make the TV watching experience more effective for them? How might we make the dinner preparation less painful? These were all questions proposed as part of the human-centric design consideration. Adding to this, Aylett said: “It’s all about discovery and empathy. Asking about a customer’s needs is not something that you have to do directly; instead it’s much, much more subtle.” Green then went on to explain a term used in design thinking, known as the actionable point of view; the idea is
The future of cinema unsurprisingly took centre stage at yesterday’s Digital Cinema Summit ISE at the Hotel Okura, where the ICTA independent advisor Jan Runge was joined by David Hancock, director of research and analysis for cinema & home entertainment at IHS Markit, to deliver the first keynote of the afternoon. “There are lots of sensationalist headlines claiming that streaming is the end of cinema,” said Hancock. “Cinema is such a long-established medium and it’s been here at various points in history. Many formats have risen and fallen, but cinema has Runge: “Many formats have risen and remained.” Hancock explained that, fallen, but cinema has remained” according to IHS Markit statistics, the average person is still going to the cinema three times a year. “We may not be talking about something people do every day, but cinema is still very much in everyone’s minds,” he said. Ultimately, he added, “people are still watching more content than ever. Underpinning all the changes in consumption of media, cinema is a remarkably stable sector.” While no individual technology is dominating cinema, Hancock noted that many ‘burgeoning trends’ – such as boutique, experiential and design – offer great opportunities for
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Striking gold Anas Ghanima from Megatech Arabia is the latest attendee to find a Golden Ticket inside his Official Show Guide. Ghanima (pictured left) is a first-time visitor to ISE; he came with his colleague Nidal Ibrahim, business unit manager at Megatech (pictured right), who has attended the show for eight years. Together they are responsible for large commercial AV projects in Saudi Arabia and have come to the show to see the new technologies available for what is the fastest-growing sector in the country. There are more chances to find a Golden Ticket, which is sponsored by Bluesound, as each day of the show two readers of the Official Show Guide will win a special prize if they find a ticket inside their copy of the publication. Each Golden Ticket, when found, can be exchanged at the Bluesound stand (5-T140) for a Bluesound PULSE FLEX 2i – an all-in-one portable high-resolution wireless multi-room streaming music speaker. The Show Guide is made available to all attendees at the entrances to ISE and at dedicated distribution points. Two Golden Tickets will be inserted randomly into the Show Guides each day of the show.
Human Centric Design continued from page 1 to figure out what people need and then create an action plan to go forward and improve their lives. “Think about creating an actionable point of view and then let that become the statement of work at the beginning of your proposal,” he said. “The problem is that we’ve got engineers designing products – you need designers designing products, and then the engineers can solve specific problems that are defined by the designers.”
Attendees who enter ISE via entrance C are being wowed by a towering holographic experience crafted by Novaline and CarbonBlack Technologies together with Panasonic, disguise, MX, Thearent, LANG AG, NTTRB and Majo media. Novaline’s Olga Chekalina said: “This unique multidimensional spectacle inspired by the intersection of science and powerful display technologies provides the foundation for the most visually stunning events we help to create. This holographical installation is shaping a new era of visual language.”
‘We are agents of change’ The AVIXA Women’s Council Forum, in partnership with WAVE, provided plenty of discussion points for inspiring, supporting and empowering women who work in the technology and AV industries, during a Main Stage session yesterday. Robin Hamerlinck, SVP and CIO at Shure, introduced the session, highlighting the importance of learning about the challenges that women have in the workplace in order to empower them and move their careers forward. “I think this forum also supports that same goal of sharing, supporting and learning from each other,” she said. “If organisations like AVIXA, Shure and many others here in the audience continue to create conversations for women, we will make a difference over time.” Kelly Bousman, head of global marketing at AVI-SPL, described seeing a dramatic change in the industry over the past 20 years, not only in the technology being deployed, but in the demographic shift towards women. “I think we should recognise that we are agents of change and that we
are influencing this evolution,” she said. “We are really driving new inclusivity, new innovation and new growth.” Every year, the AVIXA Foundation awards thousands of dollars to students and emerging professionals from secondary undergraduate and graduate programmes who show a keen interest in pursuing careers in the AV industry, as the organisation’s Sarah Joyce explained. “We’ve added a new scholarship this year that I’m very pleased about, particularly to support gender equality and the growth of the number of women in the industry,” she said. We’re also launching a student membership to support and encourage students on their journey into a career in AV.” Àngels Chacón, minister of enterprise and knowledge for the Catalan Government, added that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world: “Woman’s engagement with politics is an excellent way to enhance woman’s visibility in society.”
Cinema continued from page 1 those in the AV industry, be it immersive audio, 4D or otherwise. This opinion was largely backed by the panel that followed, where Melissa Cogavin, managing director of Melissa Cogavin Ltd, noted: “When streaming came into music, people said, ‘That’s it, that’s the end of touring!’ It’s simply not the case. Cinema is the last great collective experience. There’s gasping, there’s crying – there’s no other experience quite like it. There’s a reason Netflix has released in cinema!” Pei-Zhi Liou, CEO and co-founder of Cooldown Ventures, concurred, adding her own experiences of the esports sector: “There’s a huge generational gap between ours and the next, and it will take time to figure out exactly how to put cinema at the heart of people’s lives. “But, with modern trends such as esports, we’re seeing 50,000-capacity arenas selling out for three days straight at £150 per ticket; people are flying from all over the world to attend events. They could watch it online but, by nature, we’re social animals, and we love to come together to share these experiences. If cinema can tap into these avenues, it could be [a new chapter].”
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(L-R): Deborah Jones, Laurie Englert, Caroline Carter, Nancy Knowlton, Àngels Chacón and Sarah Joyce
The ISE Daily would like to highlight that the following companies featured in today’s edition are no longer exhibiting at ISE 2020: • Celexon, page 50 • Changsha SunVote, page 72 • Iiyama, page 30 Please note that some news stories featured in today’s ISE Daily were finalised before the companies’ decision to withdraw from this year’s show.
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The move towards data-driven enterprise AV Enterprise AV needs to behave more like data-rich, demand-driven digital outfits such as Netflix or Amazon, to enable the organisatons they serve to get closer to their customers. That was the message from Jonathan Mangnall, director U-Topia Technologies, who spoke during AVIXA’s Enterprise AV Conference yesterday. The half-day event examined how data is used to manage AV kit and meeting rooms more efficiently. To illustrate his point, Mangnall showed attendees a slide that pitted supply-driven companies such as Sony against demand-driven outfits like Apple. Macy’s was similarly measured against Amazon, and Blockbuster against Netflix. “This tells us that whoever gets closest to the customer wins,” he stated, adding that the challenge for the AV industry now was to find new methods of managing, measuring and monitoring its meeting room technology. Mangnall: “Whoever gets closest to the customer wins” “Historically meeting room technology has never been good because it’s never been measured. There’s no statistical data but people are spending millions on this because they’re thinking of the latest upgrade rather than about the outcome.” Mangnall’s company U-Topia has designed a cloud-based enterprise platform, Utelogy, aimed at monitoring a company’s entire AV estate. According to Mangnall, the technology-agnostic platform can connect to any AV kit that has an API (although, as one audience member pointed out, this would preclude it from being used on Microsoft’s products). The platform also claims to enable organisations to carry out automated room checks – an action that Mangnall said allowed one of its global software clients to save $1 million per year. Wayne Buttigieg, head of infrastructure at London Business School, told attendees during the same session that his college was using the platform to manage 140 teaching spaces, 30 lecture theatres and 2,500 devices across its Regent’s Park campus, where real estate is at a premium. “We want to deliver an outstanding student experience and achieve minimal downtime in our rooms,” Buttigieg said. “The platform enabled us to find out whether we were using the space in the right way, how the technology was being utilised and what the rooms were being used for.” He added that the platform also informed kit investment and deployment and ensured that budgets were being “spent in the the right places”.
Kalle: “There is a growing awareness of healthy working spaces”
Rethinking offices for wellness ASSMANN GROUP Stand: 14-E120 Global data network connections provider Assmann is experimenting with a new position in Hall 14, while also looking for new customers and business partners to work with. Product marketing director Mehmet Kalle explained to the ISE Daily that the company has been exhibiting at the show for many years, each time bringing a range of products for homes, offices and entire buildings and networks. This year, the company is showing network extenders, conference room systems and video splitters. For offices of all sizes, it has brought its latest range of ergonomic workspace furniture, such as a standing desk, as well as monitor holders which can be raised and lowered to optimum height for the user. “There is a growing awareness of healthy working spaces,” said Mehmet, “and updating people’s desks brings benefits in terms of staff motivation and reduction of sick leave.”
European debut for beam steerable sound duo RENKUS-HEINZ Stand: 7-S224 Europe has been given its first look at a duo of new loudspeaker lines from Californiabased manufacturer Renkus-Heinz. Making their European debut at ISE 2020, the beam-steering DC12/2 and ICLive X series have been designed for use in a wide range of applications, including office spaces, performance areas, retail and hospitality, education and houses of worship. Matt Czyzewski, president of Renkus-Heinz, commented: “The key solutions we’re highlighting showcase how accessible steerable audio has become. By offering enabling technologies – such as mobile device set-up – we’re supporting the ability to integrate cutting-edge audio into additional locations, no matter the size, shape or location of a facility.” The DC12/2 is a compact, steerable self-powered column array that can be set up via smartphone or tablet. This enables integrators to quickly install the arrays, then use several presets through an iOS or Android device to tailor the system in accordance with the environment. Meanwhile, the ICLive X series is a complete system, consisting of two combinable steerable-array modules, the ICLX and ICLXL, and a matching subwoofer, the ICLX-118S. The ICLive X series is the culmination of more than 10 years of experience in steerable line arrays. It can be arrayed up to 12 units tall in minutes, making it suitable for applications ranging from small public spaces to major stadium installs, according to Renkus-Heinz. Brandon Heinz, product manager at Renkus-Heinz, showing off the new speaker innovations
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2020 Stand Design Awards finalists revealed The finalists for ISE’s fourth annual Stand Design Awards, organised by EXHIBITOR magazine, have been revealed. Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR, told the ISE Daily: “As always, there’s a lot of outstanding competition on the show floor, but these finalists rose to the top by effectively using design to attract attention, convey key messages and put their products and services in the best possible light.” The four winners will be announced at the awards ceremony being held at 16:30 on the ISE Main Stage (14B190) today. Best Small Stand Up to 49sqm Rocketsign’s stand in Hall 12 (12-P112) has made the shortlist in the Best Small Stand category alongside Aluvision (12-P20), Avocor (13-C110), beMatrix (12-P40), CatchBox (5-U25), Datavideo Technologies Europe (7-C180), Elo Touch Solutions (8-E185), Iagona (15-D235) and InventDesign (1-H80). Best Medium Stand 50-199sqm Aluvision (8-E330) has made it onto the Best Medium Stand
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Following on from the projection mapping installations in 2018 and 2019 at the Amsterdam EYE Museum and nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel respectively, the RAI’s Elicium complex is the scene for this year’s showcase. The tops floors of the nine-storey building at the front of the RAI Convention Centre have been transformed to display specially curated content on a nightly basis throughout the week. The projection is produced by ISE and the RAI, working in conjunction with LANG AG,
shortlist, together with Also (11-B175), Canon Europa (1-F50), Cisco International (11-C130), Dell Technologies (15-T265), Genelec (3-B115), Google Meeting Room Solutions (15-N265, 15-N300), Lindy (5-T95), Televic Conference (7-N193) and Work Pro (7-H190). Best Large Stand 200-399sqm DynaScan Technology (12-E90, 12-F95) is in the running for the Best Large Stand award, alongside Absen Holdings (12-C50, 12-E80), BenQ Europe (1-N10), Lightlink (12-F30, 12-H30), Philips Professional Display Solutions (10-H170, 10-K170), Sony Professional Solutions Europe (1-N20) and Vestel (10-P150).
Best XL Stand 400sqm and above Finally, Crestron Electronics (2-C20) has made the shortlist for the Best XL Stand, accompanied by Epson Europe (1-H90), Harman Professional (1-F10), NEC Display Solutions (5-R20), Panasonic Marketing Europe (1-H20) and Samsung Electronics (4-S100).
Last chance to win pro-grade microphone Today is the last chance to enter the competition to win an OC818 microphone from professional audio specialist Austrian Audio. The manufacturer has teamed up with ISE to give away two microphones as part of a competition being run in the ISE Daily this week. The first winner was revealed on Tuesday, with Kasper Dürr Henriksen from Dürr Productions in Denmark taking home the prize. To enter the competition, show attendees need to take to Twitter and tell us the three songs that most remind them of ISE, using the hashtags #ISE2020competition #Top3Tunes.
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The deadline is midday today. The winner will be announced in Friday’s edition of the ISE Daily. They will be contacted and asked to come to the ISE Daily office in Room F101 (near Hall 8, Entrance F) to receive their professional-grade prize.
Green Hippo, HB Laserkomponenten, CLF Lighting and Biamp; the content was created by Tenfeet and technical support comes from Indyvideo. On LANG AG’s involvement, Sylvain Gorgette, product manager projectors, commented: “We calculated the number of projectors, the resolution and what it has to look like.” The team at LANG was confident in the choice of Panasonic PT-RQ50K projectors – eight units in total – which was made before any of the content was worked out. “In comparison to last year we have half the number of units installed and half of the work to do. It was a lot easier than last year.” The project took about two days, but the team was only able to work at night, to avoid sunlight interference. “The first day was installation, then we put the projectors in the containers, and as night came we could move on to the alignment,” explained Gorgette. “We have no blending, it’s just eight pictures on each other, because the format of the building is exactly the format of the projectors, and we have only one signal going to all eight projectors.” Despite the project being considerably easier than last year, there was still the matter of the building surface presenting a challenge. Gorgette added: “Because the surface of the building is grey and reflects a lot, we were a little bit worried that the picture wouldn’t look that good, but in the end it was much better than we thought. “I think you can also really see the benefit of the 4K on this application.” For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
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Kotliki: “RoomMe uses Bluetooth to identify who the user is”
Room for change INTELLITHINGS Stand: 5-V130 RoomMe, a smart home true occupancy system, uses presence-sensing technology to identify who is in a room and set it up based on people’s personal preferences. CEO and founder Oren Kotliki told the ISE Daily that rather than relying on basic motion events, RoomMe uses the unique Bluetooth signature of a user’s smartphone or smartwatch to identify who that user is, which room they are in, and automatically adjusts settings. “The user places a RoomMe at the entrance to each room and a Bluetooth curtain identifies as each person passes by.” RoomMe works as an additional layer for today’s most popular professionally installed smart home systems, including Control4, ELAN, RTI, URC and Crestron. Dealers can install and deploy RoomMe alongside new installations or as a post-install add-on. It also works with many DIY smart home devices and systems. “We’re excited to bring RoomMe to ISE and show off our system capabilities to the international market and attendees,” said Kotliki. “With RoomMe’s open API, developers can write their own custom applications for RoomMe and advance what’s possible. Currently, we have drivers for many of the most popular professionally installed smart home systems and continue to expand our list of compatible devices to make RoomMe more accessible than ever.”
Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer Adamson has become the latest company to join the OCA (Open Control Architecture) Alliance. An architecture for system control and connection management of media networks, OCA is now standardised as Audio Engineering Society AES70. It is capable of working effectively with a diverse range of devices from multiple manufacturers to provide fully interoperable multi-vendor networks. “Adoption of AES70 has continued to expand since the release of the standard,” said Ethan Wetzell, marketing chairman of the OCA Alliance. “As of ISE 2020, there are dozens of AES70L-R: Darcy Montgomery and Ethan Wetzell enabled products and productenabler tools and solutions available from 13 different brands. It’s great to see such broad support for AES70 and the OCA ecosystem thrive as part of the general trend towards open standards in our industry. “Having the support of a pro-audio industry leader like Adamson behind these technologies is a boon for the standard and the industry alike, as they add their presence and leadership in shaping the media networking landscape.” “Adamson is deeply committed to open standards and that makes the work that the OCA Alliance is doing a natural fit for us,” said Darcy Montgomery, head of marketing at Adamson. “As we develop the next iterations of our product families, the last thing we want to do is lock into a proprietary control protocol. While we’re usually the loudest piece of the puzzle, we know we aren’t the only one and participating in the development of the AES70 standard is therefore very important. We’re happy to be a part of the OCA Alliance and look forward to helping to lead innovation within and beyond the pro-audio industry.”
AVIXA launches Digital Art Challenge to engage content creator community AVIXA is reaching out to the content creator community with its Digital Art Challenge (DAC), which the association officially opened yesterday. The contest, which will run through to ISE 2021, is designed to celebrate the talent and skills of content creators by drawing a spotlight on the art and artists used in AV projects. Each winner’s work will be showcased in the AVIXA DAC pavilion at ISE 2021 in Barcelona. Lee Dodson, senior director of international marketing at AVIXA, explained that the vision for the contest is to provide better access to training, education and resources so that content creators can leverage technology and use more advanced methods to create higher impact works. “We want to create regionally focused communities that involve freelancers, design firms and schools themselves, and basically start nurturing this whole effort,” said Dodson. “It’s a little different from some of our previous contests and awards which are systems or service oriented. This one really is about talent in communications and will be strictly focused on content.” Jeff Day, chairman of the AVIXA board of directors and president of North of 10 Advisors, went on to describe how the company has repositioned itself around the idea of empowering leaders with capabilities that amplify stories and create value from non-traditional AV integrator stories. “Many of the content producers I speak to are saying the same thing,” said Day. “Digital art and the way it is represented is a hallmark of our time. It’s an opportunity for us to make an even bigger impact on the world and how the world is seen digitally. “We will ask content producers to create one-minute videos telling a curated story, and hopefully we’re going to get some really interesting creativity out of this. The theme of the contest is ‘together we can change the way people experience the world’; it’s a beautiful message for us to extend out to the design community because it embodies our vision here of what we can do together.” 8 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
L-R: Lee Dodson, senior director international marketing, AVIXA; Roberto Vogliolo, Redrim; Giacomo Giannella, Streamcolors; Jeffrey Day, AVIXA; Dan Goldstein, chief marketing officer, AVIXA
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Digital signage buoyant as new players move in to reshape market During yesterday’s opening keynote at the Digital Signage Summit ISE in the Hotel Okura, invidis consulting analyst Stefan Schieker warned delegates that “the big boys are coming” – such as Adobe, SAP, Salesforce and Microsoft – as the industry moves from visual solutions to platforms that are able to gather data that enables consumers to interact with digital experience platforms (DXP). Invidis consulting managing director and DSS chair Florian Rotberg added that other new entrants into the digital signage market include several big architectural firms that want to integrate digital experiences into buildings earlier on in the design process. This is already happening in the US market, where architectural firms such as Gensler are building their own digital units, while NBBJ acquired ESI Design to expand its digital signage services. In the same keynote, Rotberg gave his annual predictions on key industry trends – including the geopolitical impact that recent world events were likely to have on the AV industry. According to Rotberg, coronavirus is likely to have an economic effect, although to what extent and for how long is still unclear. “We won’t know exactly how big an impact coronavirus is likely to have, but the closure of manufacturing plants is likely to affect production,” Rotberg said. “[It’s likely that] product launches and product roadmaps will change,” he added.
Rotberg also pointed out that China is one of the biggest consumers of LED – with around 40% of all LED put into projects in China. “Since the outbreak, we have seen domestic demand for LED in this territory drop dramatically,” he added. Rotberg also braced the digital signage industry for new postBrexit challenges, which, he said, would include greater difficulty in terms of trade and movement between UK and EU territories. “There will be more border friction, while regulatory divergence will mean more paperwork. Friction in cross-border travel may also mean it will become difficult to win new projects both ways,” he warned. However, the industry had plenty to celebrate: the global market experienced year-on-year growth of 9% in 2019, with EMEA territories enjoying growth of 16% since 2018. High-performing territories included the UK, which grew yearon-year by 18%, and Poland, which experienced 33% year-onyear growth. Rotberg pointed out that much of this growth came from new players in the market, including many IT companies. “We hear people tell us that 2019 wasn’t a good year for them – yet the market is growing, and that’s because there’s been an influx of IT guys and new players who have started selling bigger screens in larger quantities,” he said.
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News ‘We never sacrifice sound’ AUDIX Stand: 7-C240 A range of install-specific microphones from US manufacturer Audix are taking centre stage for the company at ISE 2020, as it hailed the buoyancy of the sector. Audix has seen its presence in the installation market grow significantly of late, with the sector now accounting for Pagella: “The install market has grown quite a lot for us” approximately half of its business. As such, ISE has become a crucial component in connecting the brand with new, relevant customers. “Our business is now split 50-50 between the installation and live/studio markets,” said Chris Pagella, vice president of operations at Audix. “The install market has grown quite a lot for us in recent years. The M3 was our flagship microphone and it still remains strong after five years in the install market because of its coverage area and sound quality. “We say when sound matters, use Audix, because we have never sacrificed sound quality.” Featuring prominently at ISE 2020 are the firm’s M63 and M65 models. “We have a variety of Audix microphones with logic control through Dante; we have the M63 boundary mic, with a specially patented shock mount, which can be controlled locally or remotely through Dante and other interfaces,” Pagella added. “We also have our M65 mic, designed primarily for educational applications and judicial governmental applications where the stowing of the mic is important. It has a rigid tube hypercardioid pattern, which uses our Micro Series technology.”
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YESTECH OPTOELECTRONIC.CO.,LTD Stand: 8-G200 The Magic Stage Creative Extension series is being demonstrated in full at YesTech’s stand at ISE 2020. Utilising the full gamut of MG11, MG12, MG13, MG14 and MG15 indoor LED units, the Magic Stage has been designed to ensure that every wall, floor, step and arch has been created in the MG product.
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LED screen specialist digiLED is showing its new DigiThin screens at this year’s show. DigiThin is described by the company as the ‘projector killer’, because it offers a replacement for when projectors might otherwise be used. Technical director Tom Mudd told the ISE Daily: “As you’d guess from the name, DigiThin is very thin and very simple to affix to a wall – it has no fixed frame and requires no preparation time; so long as an engineer says we can affix it to a regular wall, then we can go ahead and install it. This makes it perfect for the exhibition market where walls are made of plywood or MDF, and also for corporate and higher education markets when people are thinking of replacing projector systems.” Installation times and costs are cut and, said Mudd, LED has brightness and contrast benefits by nature. “It can be installed in a glass atrium with sunlight coming in and users still get a crisp image – the same can’t be said for projectors.” Users have the option of Novastar, which can be upgraded to A8 cards, for example in TV studios, and Brompton processing for premium applications. “We recently won a big contract in the US because we demonstrated a screen with Brompton processing. The colour reproduction was so good that the company saw that our screen can reproduce their branding and immediately awarded us the contract.”
French loudspeaker and sound reinforcement manufacturer L-Acoustics has released its first-ever install-specific amplifier in the form of the LA2Xi. The new unit has been built to address the installation market’s increasing demand for scalable, economic amplification. Designed principally to power L-Acoustics’ compact loudspeakers, the bridgeable 4x4-channel LA2Xi offers one to four outputs, allowing it to also drive medium- and largeformat loudspeakers, in Sugden: The LA2Xi is “100% targeted for installs” full or reduced SPL, for a variety of applications. Scott Sugden, product technology outreach manager at L-Acoustics, said: “This amplifier is specifically designed to power our smallest products, so it’s really well paired for the our most compact point source products, the X4I and 5XT, but it can also power our biggest products. It’s 100% targeted for installs.” Sugden also pointed out that while the brand may be best known for its work in the live sound and touring market, its activities in the install sector have grown significantly in recent years. “The installation market is close to half of our business,” he continued. “Everyone knows L-Acoustics for big festivals and tours; we take the DNA and the magic from what we bring to those amazing shows and put that into every product we make. The LA2Xi helps you achieve that in a more affordable package that’s better matched for what you’re doing.”
L-R: Tom Mudd and Graham Burgess, CEO of digiLED Group
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News Baby Formula set for delivery LOUD PROFESSIONAL Stand: 7-X227 Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Loud Professional has given ISE 2020 visitors a taste of the latest additions to its Formula range. Set for international launch later this year, the company is presenting two new members of the Formula family to attendees. The Formula 205 and 2010 models, like the rest of the Formula line, can be paired together in any configuration and are suitable for a variety of settings. Fosco Cicola, sales manager at Loud Professional, said: “The Formula 205 is a double 5in unit with a 1in compression neodymium driver. It is the new baby in our Formula series and can be used in many different applications, such as theatre and big venues, and can be combined with all other speakers in the Formula series.” Valerio Cherubini, general manager at Loud Professional, added: “The whole family has the same mid-section and high-section, so they can all be combined with each other. This is really important, as it means you can use all these products in different ways in the same venue – the main speakers, side fill, front fill, down fill. They complement each other and ensure the venue has consistent sound throughout. The medium range is really wide, and that’s so important in L-R: Fosco Cicola, sales manager; Valerio Cherubini, general achieving great sound.” manager; Viviana Cherubin, marketing manager
Fast-switching LEDs in glasses help to create a more realistic and less isolated VR experience
Dive into a world of virtual collaboration with VR at ISE Stand: 14-B100 A new attraction for this year, VR at ISE is already proving a hit with attendees. Within the space in Hall 14, two Digital Projection Multiview VR systems are demonstrating how virtual reality can be used in immersive, collaborative spaces. Attendees are invited to wear glasses with fast-switching LEDs to enable them to better view and interact with a stereoscopic 3D virtual model. Crucially, each person sees the object from their own viewpoint – unlike conventional multiuser VR systems where everyone sees exactly the same perspective. This provides a significant degree of realism, as all users see the model behaving just as a real object would do as they walk around it. It also means that they are not cut off from each other, as would be the case if they wore the older and bulkier head-mounted forms of VR device. Attendees are also able to experience an immersive VR theme park ride, Aqua. Designed and run by Lightspeed Design, this DepthQ VR attraction takes participants through aquatic environments where they encounter touchable jellyfish, a dolphin and even the world of the god Poseidon.
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News Covering all bases BLACKMAGIC DESIGN Stand: 3-C140
Lorent: “We are really at the heart of the move to AV-over-IP”
Taking the smart path to AV over IP INTOPIX Stand: 10-N192 Belgium-based technology provider intoPIX is showcasing its key AV-over-IP technologies during ISE. The three main display areas cover the company’s JPEG 2000 encoder and decoder IP cores which protect high-value images, along with the TICO-XS lightweight low-latency image coding standard, which is shown across three display units (including 4K60 and 8K60 set-ups). Also on display is the FlinQ image processing technology in an arrangement with Crestron’s DM-NVX boxes for ‘efficient flawless processing for better pixels with a smaller bandwidth’. Jean-Baptiste Lorent, director of marketing and sales at intoPIX, told the ISE Daily: “We are a compression technology company, so we promote a smart path to move to a cost-effective and high-quality AV-over-IP workflow. The global pro-AV industry is leaving the traditional matrix DVI, HDMI and HDVC to go to an IP world.” Lorent added: “We have three technologies at intoPIX sustaining that effort. That’s the motto you see this year – all you need is Cat5e for best-in-class AV-over-IP solutions. “At intoPIX, we are really at the heart of the move to AV-over-IP in the pro-AV industry,” he continued. “The secret of the TICO-XS codec for pro AV is that we can carry 4K below 1Gbps, HD below 1Gbps, 8K below 2Gbps, so it’s still doable on Cat5e and the latency is only 10 lines to encode and 10 lines to decode. It’s less than one millisecond latency.”
The wide spectrum of Blackmagic Design products across its content creation and management platforms – from 4K cameras through to 8K live switchers – is being displayed throughout ISE 2020. Visitors to the Blackmagic Design stand can discover products such as the Teranex AV standards converter, 6K-capable cameras, hard disk recording in the form of the HyperDeck Studio, real-time recording solutions such as the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K, and capture and playback products such as the DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder PCIe card. Blackmagic caters for productions – from live web broadcasting via the ATEM Mini unit right up to the ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher unit that can cater for 10 sources at 8K resolution or up to 40 sources at 2160p59.94. Tim Siddons, director of sales at Blackmagic Design, said: “At ISE, one of the things that we’re seeing more than ever is that our product range and our customer base are expanding in two directions. We’re showing live 8K switching right now. We’ve got a 10 [source] 8K input switcher so if anybody wants to do 8K today in a large-format signage opportunity, such as stadiums, concerts or events, we can do it. We’ve also got 8K disk recorders, 8K converters… so we have an immediate 8K solution at the high-end of this industry.
SONODYNE Stand: 7-M223 Indian pro-audio manufacturer Sonodyne has kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations at ISE 2020. Boasting a diverse catalogue of professional audio products and solutions across live, install and studio sectors, the company has brought an array of popular lines to this year’s show, including models from its SM line of reference speakers. With a series of celebratory events taking place throughout the year, Sonodyne was determined to bring the party to Europe at ISE. Anindya Mukherjee, director of Sonodyne, said: “Being an Indian company – and one of the only Indian companies at ISE – is a great way to mark this anniversary in itself.” Exhibiting alongside Sonodyne is Australian Monitor, one of its key partners for the past 30 years. The two companies collaborated on a new range of digital
KORDZ Stand: 5-U85
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“At the other end, within the same ATEM product family we have a switcher that is sub-€300 and is designed for anybody who just wants four camera inputs – you can plug a Canon camera, a Panasonic camera or a Blackmagic camera into the ATEM Mini switcher. “It may not be cameras,” he added. “It might be [feeds from] presentations or a keynote. With direct controls on the box, it will stream straight to the web, so you can just plug it straight into your computer.”
Speakers lead 50th birthday celebrations
Chen: “We use the right manufacturing, build everything from the ground up”
Siddons: “We’ve got an immediate 8K solution”
The new PRS Series Cat6a Network Patch Cord from Kordz is a high-performance copper cable which, according to the company, provides a reliable connection for high-bandwidth AV and smart home installations. A stranded 28 AWG U/FTP Category 6a shielded cable, the PRS Series is suitable for 10Gbps and PoE++ rated networks. Kordz has custom-designed the RJ45 connector with a robust, anti-corrosion, gold-plated material to deliver a more secure latching tab with a 15.2mm cable bend radius. The tab itself is rated to over 2,000 180° bend cycles, which will minimise the risk of connector failure, help create a tidier AV rack and save installation time and cost for integrators.
Sonodyne director Anindya Mukherjee in party mood at ISE as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary at the show
monitors to mark ISE 2020. “These new digital HS and IS monitors are all Dante-enabled and DSP-enabled,” added Mukherjee.
James Chen, managing director and head of engineering at Kordz, explained: “We’re always trying to be at the cutting edge, we’re not just trying to plug a PlayStation into a TV, that’s not us. We’re on boats or going up high-rise buildings. “We came about with the philosophy of building something robust – how do we do that? We use the right manufacturing, build everything from the ground up and use testing on the production line at every single manufacturing stage, so that by the time it goes in the bag, we know.” Cabling is not generally considered to be an area of AV that gets pulses racing, so does this make it harder to market and get the benefits across to people? “Initially yes,” said Chen. “But everyone has experienced failure, how many people have plugged in a HDMI cable and it’s not worked? Extrapolate that to 2,460fps with high-fidelity audio and we’re trying to cram all this information down these little copper wires. It does take fundamental engineering to carry the traffic.” For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
News Goodbye Cabletime, but hello again to MediaStar Systems MEDIASTAR SYSTEMS Stand: 10-P130 After 35 years as Cabletime, the IPTV, streaming and digital signage solutions company has undergone a name change and will now be known as MediaStar Systems. Shaun Oxenham, CEO of MediaStar Systems, explained: “Unveiling our new name and new website after 35 years as Cabletime is very exciting. Our customers have been referring to us as MediaStar for years, so we wanted to make it official, and there is no better forum for the announcement than ISE.” Oxenham: “Our customers have been referring to us as MediaStar, so we wanted to make it official” The name change comes as the company unveils a roster of enhancements and features at ISE 2020. Its activity includes demoing its Media Manager 10.5 content management system (CMS). Updates to the CMS include multi-language support, custom translations and support for Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Hebrew and all Unicode character sets. Enhancements to its model 782 Media Players include support for HDCP Pro and Pro-Idiom, as does a new Chromium browser. This secures end-to-end digital signage with legal and compliant streamed content. Third-party web-based signage systems, including Appspace, are also now supported and they can be combined with secure streams within the signage playout. MediaStar Systems has also enhanced its Media Portal to deliver lower latency with support for H.265 and secure content streams to the desktop using HDCP 2.2 Pro. Also updated, the MediaStar digital signage player supports multi-zone signage with secure, lowlatency media streams using HDCP 2.2 Pro and support for Appspace and other HTML-based signage services.
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Wang: Giving the thumbs up for GeoBox
(Geo)boxing clever VNS Stand: 15-W265 The GeoBox hardware solution from VNS is designed to add intelligence to projectors that come without embedded technology, such as edge blending and image warping, and promises big savings in terms of total cost of ownership. Launched in Europe at ISE 2019, GeoBox is a range of standalone one-box processors for controlling edge-blending output from multiple projectors and managing videowall content. According to Virginia Cheng, a representative from MatrixWorks, the European distributor for VNS and GeoBox, the price of a simple projector combined with GeoBox works out around 50% lower than the cost of a more complex unit. Taiwan-based VNS is also now benefiting from the falling cost of projectors. Steve Wang, CEO of VNS, noted that projectors have become more popular for deployment in restaurants, retailers, gyms and more. “It creates a business case for us,” he said. Furthermore, GeoBox is designed as an “off-the-peg” product that is easier to deploy and maintain than more expensive and complex projectors. Users can also change content whenever they want using a simple remote control. Deployments include a large museum in Tokyo involving 470 projectors and 120 GeoBoxes to control the projectors, thus “creating an immersive experience”, according to Wang.
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News Pitching in for new market and protection HIKVISION Stand: 8-C140 Having long-been focussing on developing high-quality fine-pitch LEDs, Hikvision’s displays are increasingly being adopted in commercial scenarios, and are considered an option to replace LCD walls. The company, already well known in the security and CCTV sector, is demonstrating displays featuring pitches of 1.2-, 1.5and 2.5mm on its stand. Grace Hu, product manager, digital signage at Hikvision Europe, said: “At ISE, we want to show our European audience more than the high quality and adaptability of our LED displays; we want to demonstrate them as part of our integrated security solutions.” The 1.5- and 2.5mm pixel pitch LED walls include highprecision ‘seamless’ splicing for a smooth viewing experience without gaps or lines throughout the wall installation. They
Szabó: Eye protection mode “is a key benefit of Hikvision’s display technology”
offer master control for advanced image clarity, as well as self-adaptation which automatically adjusts any non-standard size input image to fit the resolution of the LED screen, aimed at eliminating black edges. Bálint Szabó, key account manager for Hungary, said:
“Another feature of these screens is the eye protection mode, which reduces visual fatigue in viewers and shields them from blue radiation. This protects the eye, as it has been found that blue light exposure might increase the risk of macular degeneration. This is a key benefit of Hikvision’s display technology.”
Harnessing the power of OOH
Wall installs want to be adorned
BROADSIGN Stand: 8-G280
MARTIN AUDIO Stand: 7-K190
Broadsign powers over 425,000 signs in airports, shopping malls, health clinics and transit systems, making it easy for media owners, agencies and brands to harness the power of out-ofhome digital signage and connect with audiences across the globe. Since the acquisition of Ayuda in March last year, Broadsign has been able to integrate its digital video OOH offering with Ayuda’s static OOH offering providing end-users with a hybrid workflow solution. Surveys have shown that 65% of clients run hybrid workflows, preferring to use a mix of static and moving imagery for their digital signage. The acquisition of Ayuda has enabled Broadsign to provide a full range of media content on one platform, enabling media owners to more efficiently manage content and Maarten Dollevoet, SVP, global sales and Liseanne Gilham, VP, OOH campaigns. marketing at Broadsign on the stand in Hall 8 In addition, AdMobilize, an audience intelligence company powering DOOH networks with real-time, fully anonymous AI, has announced a partnership with Broadsign to provide DOOH networks with integrated audience measurement solutions. According to the companies, this integration will enable media owners and their advertisers to access more granular data related to the specific audiences exposed to their campaigns.
Five new products have joined Martin Audio’s Adorn on-wall loudspeaker series at ISE 2020, highlighting its rapid expansion in the installed audio market. The Adorn range has been bolstered by an additional four products – three in-ceiling loudspeakers and Martin Audio’s first pendant speaker, available in white or black. Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio, commented: “This time last year we launched Adorn, which was beginning to take Martin Audio into the commercial installation audio space. What we’ve done this year is added to our ceiling speaker line-up, but we’ve done it within the Adorn series.” All of the new ceiling models feature a nominal impedance of 16 Ohms, meaning that four or more speakers can be driven in parallel by one amplifier channel. Furthermore, the new ceiling additions come Harter: “More than half of our sales are into the installation space” fitted with an internal 70V/100V multi-tap line transformer with a switch to select the output level. For full-bandwidth protection, the low- and high-frequency sections are individually protected against overload in all models. Elaborating on Martin Audio’s growing presence in the install sector, Harter added: “The truth is, more than half of our sales are into the installation space, but you would normally associate Martin Audio with theatres, nightclubs and so on. We feel that anywhere we can take our sonic signature and add value is somewhere we want to be. We believe we’re bringing value to installers and integrators.”
New Dante AV Product Design Suite imminent AUDINATE Stand: 7-C193 An all-new Dante AV Product Design Suite will be released in Q1 2020, Audinate has revealed. The package will be delivered to manufacturers to develop AV-over-IP products that employ Dante AV technology, enabling OEMs to build a high-quality AVoIP endpoint for visually lossless results with low latency over a 1Gbps network. It also offers users interoperability for audio distribution and control with more than 2,500 existing Dante products from more than 450 different manufacturers. 14 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
Joshua Rush, SVP of marketing and product development at Audinate, said: “The AV world is continuing to head onto the network. The opportunity in that shift is that we can bring interoperability to the visual side of AV – just as we did with Dante and audio. The Dante AV solutions we’re showing at ISE highlight how that will be achieved.” A software control stack has been implemented with the suite, which can be accessed via the Dante API and Dante Controller. This software supports the routing of ancillary data channels for control over Dante, including USB HID, infrared, serial (RS-422) and consumer electronic control for HDMI devices.
The new package will enable the development of AVoIP products that employ Dante
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News Big screen attraction gains traction
Smart look at future of audio
DNP Stand: 1-E85
GENELEC Stand: 3-B115
Newly introduced at ISE, the Supernova Infinity UST and the transparent ClearSign are being showcased alongside dnp’s full range of Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) displays. The 180in version of the Supernova Infinity is the centrepiece of the company’s presence at ISE. Even more striking is the transparent ClearSign, which is being showcased in a simulated retail environment. Jonas Nilsson, marketing manager for dnp, said: “The market trend seems to be people wanting bigger screens – bigger is just better! “We are the only company in the world that can create ALR screens for ultra-short Nilsson: “People are still using projectors and it’s still a strong market” throw projectors over 120in. We’re very, very excited about it.” The stand includes a comparison between a dnp screen and an ordinary white screen; the dnp screen material is said to deliver seven times more contrast. “That’s the main trick with all our screens here,” added Nilsson. On the general trending down of the projector market, Nilsson commented: “People tend to say something like that, but it’s not really right. People are still using projectors and it’s still a strong market.” Greg Jeffreys of Visual Displays, the exclusive distributor for dnp in the UK and Ireland, said: “dnp has never been involved in mass markets such as schools and classrooms and the entry level, that’s [the area] under pressure.” According to Jeffreys, the specialist market in large screens is growing strongly. “For us it gets interesting around 90in, 95in and 100in, the really large sizes,” he added. “That’s a very strong growth area.”
The ISE 2020 launch of Genelec’s new 4420 Smart IP monitor has been described by Howard Jones, PR director for the company, as “a new era of development”. The 4420 follows the arrival of the smart IP 4430 loudspeaker in November 2019. Both have been engineered to deliver optimum sound quality via a single cable, with their onboard technology providing scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard Cat cable. “We see this as the future of installed audio,” said Jones. “We’ve been active in this market for many years, but networked audio was going to be key, so having smart IP where you have a single Cat Jones: This is a “new era of development” cable delivering power, AoIP and loudspeaker management was the Holy Grail for us. And these two models will be part of a growing range.” He continued: “We’ve always thought that if you make a great sound, loudspeaker people will find applications for it. That’s certainly been true in AV. With smart IP this is such a big step forward – everything has come together. This is now a major revolution, and for us it feels like a new era of development.”
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News Set for laser phase SONY Stand: 1-N20 The ISE show line-up from Sony features several familiar projectors, but the new attraction is a short-throw lens for museums and other close-up applications. The VPL-FHZ131L is the company’s newest and brightest premium WUXGA projector, boasting outputs of 13,000 lumens as well as 100% S-RGB colour space reproduction and high contrast. Sony claims the wide lens shift capability of the VPL-FHZ131L and the optional VPLL-Z4107 shortthrow lens can increase the flexibility of installations in venues where throw distance is limited. Rob Meakin, European product manager at Sony Professional Europe, said: “We have a very robust line-up. Pretty much 90% of our products now are laser, we’re slowly phasing out the lamps.” All new laser projectors will support the Intelligent Setting feature to simplify installation, with presets that adjust brightness, cooling system, colour and other projector settings for optimal performance based on the environment the projectors are used in.
Touch of class for tour guide tech TONWELT Stand: 8-K360
Meakin: “We have a very robust line-up”
Meakin pointed out that content is where Sony creates separation from some of its competitors, as it has the ability to develop content in-house with its content designers and the weight of Sony Pictures behind them. He stated: “We are now going to our customers, to the museums and universities, and saying, ‘we can help you with the hardware, but if you’ve got content and you want to make it interactive, we can do that too’.”
Presenting new products for immersive visitor experiences and multi-language guided tours, Tonwelt is showcasing its visitor guides at ISE this year. Developing practical technologies for museums, exhibitions, tourist attractions and industrial sites to inform and engage visitors, the company offers customers a comprehensive range of services from consulting and planning, to content creation. Gürsan Acar, managing director of Tonwelt, said: “We have a range of end-to-end solutions for visitor tours here at ISE, from classic audio guides through to full interactive augmented reality and multimedia guides. We have our entry-level ECO product, which is ideal for long-term use at tourist attractions with high visitor volumes, while the MULTI bridges the gap between the ECO and an interactive multimedia guide.” Also on stand is TOUCH, which supports audio clips, images and games, and can provide thematic tours for target groups. Acar continued: “The DIVA, at the top end of Tonwelt’s product line, features navigation via ultra-wideband (UWB), integration with AR apps, games and video playback on a high-resolution screen. “All our guides are rugged, stable and at a professional industry standard. Tonwelt’s aim is to teach people, and the best teaching solution is by hearing and seeing. Our products combine both.” As an ISE Technology Partner, Tonwelt is supplying audio guide systems for official show tours.
Hastings: “So many of our CMS partners are embracing BSN.Cloud”
Cloud commander BRIGHTSIGN Stand: 8-E200
It was only last ISE that digital signage media player company BrightSign announced the initial development of BSN.Cloud. ISE 2020 is seeing the platform, which allows for total cloud control and management for BrightSign, released and showcased for the first time. BSN.Cloud is being shipped with more than a dozen leading CMS partners integrated into its network management platform. The CMS partners are selectable from a drop-down integrations list within the BSN.Cloud user interface during player set-up. Twenty-one partner solutions are being shown on BrightSign’s stand. Four of these – Samsung Tizen, Intuiface, Navori Labs and Matrox – have announced their own collaborations with BrightSign at ISE this year. With over 1.5 million devices out on the field, BrightSign is aware that customers require easy and simple management of content across all devices and from any location. A free subscription included with every BrightSign player delivers cloud connectivity for real-time player control using the new remote diagnostic web server, yet frees the user from any long-term commitment. Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO, said: “We’re thrilled that so many of our CMS partners are embracing BSN.Cloud. It isn’t just a piece of hardware, it’s a whole system. The rapid adoption speaks volumes about the value that BSN.Cloud brings to the digital signage ecosystem. Sixteen partners are just the beginning – we’ll have more news to share on the CMS front in the weeks and months ahead.”
Acar: “Our guides are rugged, stable and at a professional industry standard”
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Today’s Main Stage sessions The ISE Main Stage – sponsored by Shure – is the setting for a full programme of thought leadership sessions throughout the four days of the show, produced by content partners ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA and AV Magazine. Sessions will address technology and business trends, best practice in key verticals, and topics around people management, training and diversity. All sessions are free to attend and no advance booking is required. The ISE Main Stage is located in Hall 14 (Stand 14-B190). 10:00-10:30 Standards in Action presented by: AVIXA speaker: Ann Brigida, AVIXA Using standards in your projects has many benefits. Hear real-world examples from people who have used them to successfully increase efficiency, enhance the user experience, improve relationships with their clients and gain business. AVIXA continues to develop AV standards that raise the bar for the entire industry. “There are many reasons why more AV professionals are embracing and using standards in their projects,” says Ann Brigida, senior director of standards, AVIXA. “Importantly, standards offer a way to ensure that everyone at the client and the AV company is on the same page from day one. AVIXA standards will help you to elevate work quality, lower costs and increase efficiency.” 10:30-11:00 Future of Digital Signage presented by: ISE speaker: Florian Rotberg, invidis consulting With a 5.3% annual growth forecast and a value of $8.9 billion, a shift is taking place in the digital signage industry, and this talk will help attendees to understand and capitalise on developments. In this session, the Main Stage welcomes back one of last year’s presenters, Florian Rotberg, managing director of invidis consulting. Learn why the topic of DXP is currently important, how AI and big data bring new value, why LED is a key current market driver, and the way AR adds to digital signage offerings. With his finger on the global pulse of digital signage, Rotberg will share the latest news and trends in an action-packed 30 minutes.
11:00-11:30 The Imaginarium Studios: Mixed reality in theatre productions presented by: AV Magazine speaker: Glenn Kelly, The Imaginarium Studios The Imaginarium Studios will explore how immersive experiences can be created by bringing together performance capture and mixed reality in theatre productions. Established in 2012 by renowned actor and director Andy Serkis, The Imaginarium Studios is a global leader in the use of performance capture technologies. Having worked across film, TV, video games and live theatre, the company has more recently been exploring mixed reality through the studio’s content partnership with Magic Leap and is helping to pave the way for what future developments in motion capture mean for a variety of industries. In this presentation the studio’s head of production, Glenn Kelly, will be sharing the experience of adapting performance capture to spatial computing and mixed reality platforms. 11:30-12:00 AV & IT Have Been Dating for a While. When will they take the next step? presented by: Shure speaker: Chris Merrick, Shure This session explores the evolving AV industry and how manufacturers and the channel can adapt to the IT customer. 18 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
As networked audio technology has been adopted in the modern workplace to enable effortless collaboration and communication, there has been increasing demand for AV and IT to speak the same language. These two departments are required to work closely to plan and implement secure deployments that address IT workflows and requirements. Customers have come to expect seamless, simple and integrated solutions that can be standardised worldwide. As quickly as networked technologies advance, integrators and manufacturers also need to stay ahead in meeting customers’ service support expectations. Visitors to this session will learn tactics to help bridge the gap between AV and IT and help address technical questions the IT professional might have. This seminar is an open discussion of strategies. 12:00-12:30 How to Leverage Innovation to Create Better Experiences presented by: ISE speaker: Selim Morlevi, Create-4 The founder and CEO of Create-4, Turkey’s first experience marketing and innovation company with successful projects in more than 15 countries, will talk about How to Leverage Innovation to Create Better Experiences across a range of industries and technologies. While some companies are content to leverage existing innovations, Create-4 excels at creating its own innovations... It designs innovative screens, interactive applications and electronic devices for consumer touch points. The company also creates M2M and wireless networks, IoT solutions and various mobile software apps. Create-4 creates, controls and manages these innovations for customers, most of which are famous brands. Much of what Create-4 does involves using the latest technology in display and AV to help big retailers and corporates (with brands) to create digital customer experiences via events, in-store, or on-the-go. This presentation will stimulate your business with creative ideas, and perhaps inspire you to devise some off-the-shelf projects. However, even if you don’t want to follow in Create-4 footsteps, you’ll benefit from learning which technologies now capture the most interest, how they are used on the cuttingedge and how to improve the digital customer experience.
12:30-13:00 Future of Smart Home presented by: CEDIA speakers: Simon Fulstow, SONA; Michael Sherman, HENRI What’s next when it comes to wholehome integration? What’s next when it comes to security, access control and lighting? What about voice control? HVAC? Smart plumbing? And, most importantly, home networking? Two award-winning integrators give us the big picture when it comes to what’s working (and what’s not) and what’s sure to happen next. SONA’s Simon Fulstow, says: “We’re in a golden age of home technology products – with access to a plethora of devices and services all competing for our attention. The opportunities to create incredible experiences which enhance the spaces they are integrated in to are greater than ever. What’s next for this space, and what’s the best way to leverage all this technology? Join the discussion!” Michael Sherman
13:30-14:00 How to Avoid IoTageddon presented by: ISE speaker: Bob Snyder, Smart Building Conference Experts (even Cisco) predicted almost 10 years ago that 50 billion IoT devices would be connected by 2020. But there are only about 9 million. Depending upon whom you listen to, 75-80% of IoT deployments fail. It’s now clear that successful IoT deployments are much harder than thought and substantial complexities were glossed over. Moderator Bob Snyder explains: “We’re realising the real value of IoT isn’t in connectivity or remote sensors: it’s the larger ability to aggregate different types of data and make better decisions. It’s not about connecting to get more data. Think about getting data from different sources and the ability to put them together to create new or rich context so you can combine input to get real value. “Yet this slower progress may save us from a real IoTageddon, a massive explosion of disparate IoT devices coming in the marketplace without any overall industry strategy of the security risks.” For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
ProfessionalDevelopment 14:00-14:30 Wellness and Biophillia presented by: CEDIA speakers: Cinzia Moretti, Moretti Interior Design; Jeff Hayward, Wildwood PR Interior designer and renowned well-being expert Cinzia Moretti will be joined by Jeff Jeff Hayward Hayward, director of Wildwood PR, to share their insights into Wellness and Biophilia, and the opportunities this offers to integrators. Together, they will explore a number of different concepts and will look at the solutions that can make for a better, more ‘human’ indoor experience. 14:30-15:30 Panel Debate: Alternative realities in AV presented by: AV Magazine speakers: Glenn Kelly, The Imaginarium Studios; Amelia Kallman, futurist; Badal Dixit, PearlQuest Interactive; Vincent McAtamney, Vintec Amelia Kallman How are technologies such as VR, AR and XR being adopted by the AV industry and what impact might they have on different sectors? What advances are being made in mixed reality innovations and how will they continue to evolve? This session will be moderated by Zoe Mutter, editor, AV Magazine.
16:30 Stand Design Awards Ceremony presented by: EXHIBITOR magazine Created by Integrated Systems Europe to acknowledge ISE exhibitors and their stand-design efforts, the Stand Design Awards are managed solely by EXHIBITOR magazine. Every stand on the ISE show floor is automatically entered in the free competition; they are judged on site during ISE 2020 and the winners will be revealed at this special awards ceremony.
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Design & Build event explores home tech trends Brand new for ISE 2020, the CEDIA Design & Build conference will take a look at numerous aspects of the home technology industry, delving into the ways in which professional design and installation can lead to sophisticated aesthetics and lifestyle benefits. The conference, sponsored by Control4 and supported by Audio Partner Bose, is targeted at architects, interior designers and other design and build professionals in the residential space. CEDIA has collaborated with the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and Dutch architectural and interior design bodies for the event, which promises to provide attendees with a wider understanding of what technology is available to their clients, the process of working with an integrator, and how to use technology to bring projects to life, without compromising on design. The programme will include a BIID-accredited CPD, a panel discussion featuring integrators in conversation with BIID-registered interior designers, and much more. The morning session will be hosted by Giles Sutton, senior vice president of industry engagement at CEDIA. The CEDIA Design & Build Conference takes place today from 09:00 at the Hotel Okura. For more information and to book, visit www.iseurope.org/showevent/cedia-design-build-conference/
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AGORA to spotlight world-class stadiums As well as reporting on the technology strategies of the world’s leading stadiums for delivering the ultimate match day experience, AGORA at ISE 2020 will consider the use of stadiums for hosting other types of live events – including concerts and esports – through panel discussions, case studies and expert keynote speakers. Produced by MONDO | STADIA, AGORA will also explore the benefits of the latest technology, trends and techniques – analysing the impact they have and will have at modern stadiums and sporting venues around the globe. Speakers include Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Steen, who will share Allianz Arena’s journey into the digital age as the stadium prepares for the next generation of fans. In addition, a panel will discuss ‘Understanding the value of esports for clubs and stadiums’. Moderated by Trevor Keane, head of sports and esports at Fansly Ventures, the session will feature contributions from panelists including Mats Theie Bretvik (pictured), head of e-football and gaming at the Football Association of Norway, and Russell Jones, senior commercial advisor & head of marketing at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Meanwhile, two more of the world’s best stadiums will feature, with panels discussing the innovative technology used at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff ArenA. The event will also offer sporting venue managers and event organisers the chance to network with technology innovators and industry experts. AGORA will take place today in Room E102 at the RAI. For more information and to book, visit www.iseurope.org/show-event/agora
Discover hospitality opportunities at HTS Following its successful launch at last year’s ISE, Hospitality Tech Summit by HTNG returns today to explore how the hospitality industry is embracing the latest developments in AV technology. Staged in association with Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and AVIXA, and supported by Audio Partner Bose, the one-day conference will feature expert panel discussions, market research findings and bestpractice case studies, as well as providing networking opportunities. Discussion topics will include 5G, AV and IT integrations, competing standards, digital signage, the future of hotel design, guest room entertainment, innovation, robotics, seamless travel, and trends in event AV and virtual reality. Attendees will have the chance to learn about the challenges of integrating guests’ own devices, how hospitality companies can elevate the guest experience beyond anything they can experience in their own homes, and how to derive revenue from doing so. The conference will be chaired by the CEO of HTNG, Mike Blake, and the organisation’s senior director of strategy and workgroups, Armand Rabinowitz. Hospitality Tech Summit by HTNG will take place today from 09:00-17:00 at the Hotel Okura. For more information and to book, visit www.iseurope.org/showevent/htng-insight-summit 20 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
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Friday 14 February
Say ‘vaarwel’ to Amsterdam and ‘hola’ to Barcelona ISE executives and Spanish dignitaries will take to the RAI Forum stage to acknowledge the contribution the City of Amsterdam has made to the show and to look ahead to Barcelona 2021
Design a themed attraction live Interactive session just one of the highlights in a packed morning exploring the latest in visitor attraction technology The third edition of attractionsTECH will feature the latest in interactive and immersive technology in visitor attractions; look at integrating AV and multimedia on coasters with Mack Rides; and attempt to improvise a concept for a themed attraction in 20 minutes with Holovis. It is produced by industry resource blooloop and supported by Audio Partner Bose. Speakers will cover the breadth of attractions technology, delivering insights into upcoming trends and the visitor experience of the future. They include Bart Dohmen, CEO of Unlimited Snow and senior consultant for investors, governments and operators via his own consultancy business TDAC International; and Arnold van de Water, general manager of the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience for the Van Gogh Museum. He has over 15 years of experience in the arts and culture and touring exhibitions sectors, and will share his insights into how to develop venues and impactful entertainment production to create cutting-edge cultural concepts for iconic museums and international brands. Attendees will also hear from Dennis Gordt, head of development at Mack Rides and chief technical officer at VR Coaster. Gordt has worked on some of the most iconic coasters
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of recent years and will be talking about integrating AV and multimedia on existing rides as well as looking at future trends. In a fast-paced session, Peter Cliff, creative director at Holovis, will run an interactive improv session where he will take suggestions from the audience and guide attendees through a concept design for a theme park ride in 20 minutes. Everything from themes and IP through to cultural considerations, storytelling metrics, operational requirements, budgetary elements, technology innovation and delivery will be covered. attractionsTECH by blooloop takes place today between 09:00 and 13:00 at the Hotel Okura. For more information and to book, visit www.iseurope.org/show-event/blooloop
Not to be missed tomorrow, ISE is hosting a special event to mark its final outing in Amsterdam. ¡Hola Barcelona! will be presented by Integrated Systems Europe managing director Mike Blackman and feature appearances from major Spanish dignitaries, including Àngels Chacón, the Catalan Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge; and representatives of the Mayor of Barcelona; ACCIÓ, the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness; ICEX, the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade; and the Fira de Barcelona, which will be the show’s new home. In addition to enjoying specially commissioned video content telling the story of ISE, starting with its first edition in Geneva in 2004, attendees will also be given the chance to win a two-night stay at a luxury hotel in Barcelona as well as two tickets to an FC Barcelona match at Camp Nou. ¡Hola Barcelona! begins at 12:00 and is scheduled to last approximately 35 minutes. It is free to attend and will be followed by a networking reception. Advance booking is not required, but attendees are advised to arrive early as places are limited.
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A hospitable welcome Today’s Hospitality Tech Summit by HTNG will explore how the hotel industry is embracing the latest developments in AV technology. Rob Lane finds out more from HTNG CEO Mike Blake The inaugural one-day Hospitality Tech Summit was a great success at ISE 2019, and it was also a first visit to ISE for summit organisers HTNG (Hospitality Technology Next Hotel Okura, Grand Ballroom Generation). 09:00-17:00 “The 2019 Hospitality Tech Summit was our first year crafting a programme solely around AV in both hotels and the rest of the hospitality industry,” explains HTNG CEO Mike Blake. “Along with that, it was our organisation’s first time attending the Integrated Systems Europe show. Since we now have a greater understanding of this sector from a production standpoint, I believe the 2020 event will have an even stronger programme for our audience.” Recognised as the leading voice of the global hospitality community, HTNG facilitates the development of technology models to improve the guest experience, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hospitality companies and create a healthy ecosystem of technology suppliers. However, Blake believes that the hospitality sector still has some catching up to do with regard to its use of AV technology, and he hopes that the 2020 summit can help to further educate hospitality professionals.
‘Ignoring modern technology requirements, capabilities and integration needs has led to cost overruns in the guest room, conference space and public areas of many hospitality venues’ “I believe we still have a lot to learn from other industries in regard to faster implementation on the AV front and throughout other sectors of the hotel,” he mentions. “If you think of a concert venue, or a sports stadium, their audiovisual capabilities are much further along than a hotel’s. Additionally, cruise lines have been able to really connect with the customer/guest experience on the AV front.” Over the last couple of years, HTNG has added Bill Martin, CIO of sports events specialists AEG Worldwide, to serve on its Board of Governors, as well as adding Carnival Cruise Line and TUI Cruises as members. “We are continuing to develop these relationships and instill collaboration between our verticals so that we can each benefit one another,” adds Blake. “Hospitality has been slow to adapt to some of the new concepts around us. Although it is easy to implement in a new build, we find it difficult to retrofit. Because of this, we are holding on to old AV with outdated capability. We need to become more flexible in our capital investments around AV.” There are so many systems within a hotel that need to integrate both in the front of house and at the back of house. This means that it is a common occurrence that any new technology introduced tends to disrupt the whole “roadmap”. “Often times, after the full analysis is taken on the ROI, there’s already a new technology on the market to consider, making it tough to stay on the cutting-edge ahead of the curve,” Blake adds. “Plus, we need to broaden our minds that this isn’t just one hotel we’re looking at; we need to take into account the larger chains, which have up to one and a half million hotel guest rooms across the globe to make these decisions for.” Blake notes the proliferation of smart technologies in hotels, including smart TVs, smart displays, smart verbal assistants, smart robots and more. “AV technology in our everyday lives is what we become accustomed to, making it something everyone starts to expect while travelling. We’re also seeing a need to focus on 24 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
AV requirements for guest room entertainment, so we are in the beginning phases of starting that working group.” Virtual reality is “slowly but surely” making its way into the hospitality industry from headsets used within the guest room for entertainment to virtual tours of hotels prevalent on websites. “This is something we expect to see more use cases for in 2020,” says Blake. “Another disrupting technology we continue to see more and more of in the guest room is the range of smart assistants.” Hotels need to choose the most appropriate smart assistant products that implement into their current systems, he explains, while still considering safety requirements and regional regulations. “Another element to consider is the type of assistant. Do your guests use your mobile app enough to implement a lowcost chat bot, or do you purchase a smart speaker for each guest room in the hotel?” questions Blake. “Instead of us explaining how we want to be treated, we expect smart assistants to already know and act in the way we want them to. It is both the jobs of the technology itself to continue to increase in its capabilities, as well as our
organisation and members to build on what hotels and guests are seeking in result of the introduction of smart assistants.” HTNG recently led a group to help with these efforts, and continues to organise working groups to address the new and disruptive technologies influencing the sector. “As new technologies, disruptions and issues arise in our space, this is where our workgroups come into play,” says Blake. “HTNG has recently implemented a workgroup called ‘Converging AV and IT’ with the following purpose: audiovisual requirements, implementations, and operations in hospitality are often an afterthought to hotel design and infrastructure planning. “Ignoring modern technology requirements, capabilities and integration needs has led to cost overruns in the guest room, conference space and public areas of many hospitality venues. In conference spaces especially, little oversight is given to the changing requirements of meeting planners and their audiences, often resulting in lost revenue opportunities.” Hospitality Tech Summit ISE by HTNG, supported by Audio Partner Bose, takes place today at 09:00-17:00 at the Hotel Okura For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
recession. Some industries are more resistant to recessionary forces, such as healthcare, and may provide safe harbour for diversified suppliers of solutions, though such expansion is not without its challenges. Regardless, this year’s forecasts continue to reflect the widespread growth phenomenon. AV over IP Long-term industry followers have been watching the increasing overlap between AV and IT for quite some time. At the core of this, is the expanding usage of IP networks for the carriage of AV-related content and command signals. Such usage has facilitated an explosion of products at the endpoints of networks in the form of digital signage and media servers to support that. Increasing digital signage requires additional backend to feed the hungry displays, hence an increase in servers and storage supported by IP networks for distribution. All of this is visible in the estimates for many of the underlying product categories. It also gives rise to cloud-based services as a reflection of the broader Internet of Things connection story. Rise of services Commoditisation and price declines are also part of a long-term trend within the technology sector. Pro AV is no exception. Some hardware categories are particularly hard hit by this, such as the display market. And yet, falling hardware costs does encourage proliferation and creative application, as evidenced by the rise of digital signage in many markets. It also provides an opportunity for differentiation through value-added services as companies seek well-integrated solutions that work and provide exceptional experiences to the ultimate end users, the consumers. A desire to shift some of the ongoing costs of AV solutions from capital to operating expenditure also helps drive this trend, creating greater demand for managed AV services. Our adjusted services forecasts attempt to better capture the value added by the pro AV channel, along with new estimates for mark-up.
Four key trends in AV Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence, AVIXA, is highlighting the latest industry research in his ‘Emerging Trends Part II’ session on the ISE Main Stage in Hall 14 (Stand 14-B190). His talk, which takes place tomorrow at 10:00, will shed light on what the future of pro AV holds
Display proliferation As mentioned, commoditisation has been a rampant and ever-present theme within the display market. The supply chain tends to mature quickly, and prices fall as a result. This pushes adoption faster than most might expect. Direct-view LED is the latest technology to exhibit the same, following in the footsteps of largely deprecated flat-panel technologies like LCD. Display forecasts have been revised to represent the new market reality, pushing overall industry revenues upward in the process.
Whether it’s emerging display technologies, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, or other immersive technologies, the future suggests further waves of advancement will help propel the industry. Below, Sean Wargo shares four key themes taken from AVIXA’s latest Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) report, a comprehensive pro AV market study encompassing the global economic outlook and its implications for the AV industry. AVIXA works with leading global research firms to collect, analyse and report on emerging markets, current and future product sales, end-user buying habits and the macro trends impacting the pro AV industry.
‘Pro AV provides solutions to nearly all facets of the economy and so its own fate is tied to the overall fate of global and local economies. This means pro AV revenues boom during periods of growth and are challenged during recession’ GDP growth Though some storm clouds may exist in parts of the world or are looming in others, the broad trend is towards widespread GDP growth. While pro AV is not wholly dependent on this growth, it provides the fertile ground in which the industry can grow. Why? Pro AV provides solutions to nearly all facets of the economy and so its own fate is tied to the overall fate of global and local economies. This means pro AV revenues boom during periods of growth and are challenged during 26 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
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CEDIA celebrates Member of Excellence Programme February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the CEDIA Member of Excellence Programme, designed to celebrate outstanding members in our industry Since the launch of the CEDIA Member of Excellence Programme, more than 25 CEDIA Advanced Members and Members of Excellence have benefitted from the programme globally. CEDIA members who are able to demonstrate the following will be granted CEDIA Advanced Member designation: their company’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to their clients; investing in professional development and technical excellence; and serving their community. Companies looking to achieve the highest level of designation, the CEDIA Member of Excellence, will need to fulfil the three requirements above as well as demonstrate a record of award-winning craftsmanship and a dedication to advanced industry certifications. Building on the resources given to CEDIA Advanced Members, CEDIA Members of Excellence are given an even greater set of marketing tools, first placement in listings, increased access to cutting-edge education and more. Companies that achieve the Member of Excellence or Advanced Member status are the go-to group for CEDIA’s public relations outreach, and many of these elite members 28 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
were featured in national publications last year as a result. Aspiring Member of Excellence and Advanced Member companies must meet requirements including: • Having one CEDIA Certified individual within the company and a percentage of all full-time staff must achieve 10 Continuing Education Unit points per year. • Three client or customer references from three projects within the last 12 months and two references from CEDIA Trade Supplier Members. • Either one CEDIA volunteer on full-time staff or at least one CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI) on staff. • I n addition to meeting all Advanced Member status requirements above, Member of Excellence designees must be selected as a CEDIA Awards Winner or CEDIA Awards Finalist within the last three years and a percentage (based on size) of each company’s full-time technical staff must hold at least one CEDIA advanced certification: ESC-T, ESCD, or ESC-N Certification (does not include ESC). Once a company has been confirmed as a CEDIA Advanced Member or Member of Excellence, they carry that designation through two renewal periods. CEDIA will check with the company after the first year to ensure all of the original information that was submitted continues to be accurate. At the beginning of the third year, each company will be required to re-submit their information to receive the designation. Full details on the requirements for each designation as well as the submission process can be found at cedia.net/excellence.
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ALAN MATTHEWS, DIRECTOR, AUTOMATED SPACES LIMITED, CEDIA ADVANCED MEMBER “At Automated Spaces, we’re constantly striving to improve the service we deliver to our clients and the CEDIA Advanced Membership scheme is a natural extension to that core ideology. The criteria to become an Advanced Member aren’t complex and were realistically as simple as documenting the excellent work we’re already doing. “If you’re a CEDIA member already, then aspiring to and achieving an Advanced Membership status should be an intrinsic part of your company’s growth strategy and development plans. There are only upsides to the process.” ASHLEY SHOREY-MILLS, GENERAL MANAGER, HUGHES SMART, CEDIA ADVANCED MEMBER “We wanted to become CEDIA Advanced Members as we are proud of the work we undertake, and being able to differentiate ourselves from our peers attracted us, as well as gave us something extra to talk with potential clients about. As soon as we are able to, we will be entering the CEDIA Awards and ticking the other boxes to ensure we can grow to the next stage and become a Member of Excellence.” OWEN MADDOCK, OWNER, CINEMAWORKS, CEDIA MEMBER OF EXCELLENCE “It’s a fact that not all companies are equal – if you commit to training and certifications, if you’re featuring at the CEDIA Awards and if you’re volunteering for the industry, then you want that to be recognised. When CEDIA announced the Member of Excellence programme, we were itching to jump on board. “The biggest change I’ve noticed is way more enquiries coming via the CEDIA Member Locator, that are pre-qualified and from a wider area.”
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ExhibitorNews Massive messaging PEERLESS-AV Stand: 12-F90 Direct View LED (DvLED) videowall systems, including a curved floor-to-ceiling LED wall and an in-window LED wall on a floor track system, are on show from AV technology specialist Peerless-AV. The 5x5 curved floor-to-ceiling LED videowall uses InfiLED DB Series deep black, high-definition LED displays on a Peerless-AV DvLED mount, custom-designed to a specific angle, which positions each tile at 4º, curving to a 16º angle at the top. The videowall on the ISE stand is showing partner content and links to a themed selfie station to engage with visitors. The 3x5 in-window LED videowall uses Absen AX 1.5 miniLED on a custom DvLED mount from Peerless-AV, which moves backwards and forwards on a floor track system. Ideal for retail in-window applications, the tracking system allows easy front maintenance of the cabinets and convenient access to the window for cleaning. Peerless-AV’s DvLED mounts not only support curved (concave and convex) and moveable (trolleys, pivots, floor and ceiling track) configurations, but adapt to a wide range of potentials, including recessed, front and rear serviceable, floor standing, floor to wall, floor to ceiling, ceiling-suspended and more.
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Reduce your footprint with new compact speaker TW AUDIO Stand: 7-E226 Described by TW Audio as “the world’s first miniature footprint, cardioid dispersion line array”, Ella is being introduced at ISE 2020. The product has been designed to be versatile, light in weight and easy to transport. Measuring 20x20cm and weighing 5.5kg, Ella combines the slim form factor and directional power of a column with the flexibility of a line array system. Ella offers 120° horizontal x 10° vertical coverage, six possible splay angles and invisible integrated hardware, making it suitable for a host of professional audio applications.
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Harmony spreads like a butterfly BANG & OLUFSEN Stand: 5-U60 Demonstrating the company’s distinctive approach to design and craftsmanship, Bang & Olufsen is demonstrating the Beovision Harmony. When the unit is turned on, the two fronts fan out – like a butterfly opening its wings, the company says – and the screen rises to the optimum viewing height. Turn off the TV, and the sequence plays out in reverse. According to Bang & Olufsen, the Beovision Harmony is carefully designed to maximise acoustic performance and consists of a three-channel, fully active DSP-based sound centre with a built-in 7.1 surround sound decoder. Paired with LG’s 65in or 77in OLED screen, it features When the TV is turned on, the two fronts fan out ‘like a what the company describes as a robust speaker butterfly opening its wings’, says B&O system with serious sound capabilities. The set offers music streaming with integrated music services such as Tune In and Deezer. The user can also stream directly from a smartphone via Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in or Bluetooth. The webOS 4.5 platform allows access to media service providers such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Beovision Harmony also integrates with Bang & Olufsen’s growing collection of multiroom products. The TV is available with a combined oak wood/aluminium front or a combined grey melange two-tone fabric/ aluminium front and comes with two placement options: floor stand and wall bracket.
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ExhibitorNews Playing the presentation game ANALOG WAY Stand: 3-B130 At ISE 2020 Analog Way is showcasing its live presentation systems and media servers, which are designed to offer advanced processing technologies for a range of applications, from massive videowall installations to large corporate events. The company is showing the latest developments in its LivePremier series of mission-critical 4K/8K live presentation systems, including the updated v2.0 software and the remote event controller RC400T. With the recently added Aquilon RS alpha, the company’s range now includes five pre-configured products and two fully customisable models. In its largest chassis configuration, Aquilon offers up to 24 inputs and 20 outputs and up to 24 4K layers. Aquilon combines real-time 10/12-bit 4:4:4 video processing power compliant with HDR and ‘pure’ 4K60p on each input and output with ultra-low latency. The system can be configured and operated via its HTML5-based user
iiyama Professional Displays are exciting ISE attendees this week
The Picturall (left) and Aquilon LivePremier (right) units offer big presentation power
interface. With the native Dante audio routing capability, up to 64 channels of audio can be embedded or de-embedded over a Dante network. With the Picturall line-up, Analog Way concentrates on high-quality, very high-resolution video playback over huge
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When ISE 2019 closed its doors, the burning question for every exhibiting technology brand was “How do we make it better for 2020?”. This is the question that iiyama says is driving the whole company. Indeed, its ever-growing Professional Displays category bridges so many different markets and verticals that it has become a fine balancing act to determine exactly
Signal processing equipment designer and developer Apantac is showcasing its KVM-over-IP range which runs over a Gigabit Ethernet managed network. The Apantac line-up is designed to address multiple requirements, including VGA, DVI, HDMI input/output support, resolutions up to 4K/30, PoE, The KVM extenders are based on Gigabit Ethernet single or dual Tx or Rx in a technology with PoE single module and IP transport over copper or fibre. A facility can extend and/or switch video, keyboard and mouse functions, USB 2.0, embedded and analogue audio, RS232 and infrared, all at minimal latency, including a clean switching feature. Apantac’s KVM-over-IP technology has features such as built-in scalers in the Rx units which can be enabled to scale the incoming video signal up or down and allow the console monitor to always see the same resolution, thus reducing the monitor stabilisation time after a switch. The company has a variety of stand-alone modules, which can be mixed and matched depending on the application. Apantac also has a KVM-over-IP Tx card for the openGear platform – this is an alternative to using standalone transmission boxes for each computer source in a technical operations room.
what to show when the company has so many stories to tell. For 2020, visitors can head to Hall 8 to witness the unveiling of the new iiyama NSign platform – the powerful, intuitive and scalable Smart Digital Signage solution for iiyama LFD ranges. Users will benefit from a built-in Android platform delivering super-simple asset management, playlist creation and broadcast scheduling. The company calls it the perfect solution for national and independent retailers, QSR, automotive and many more markets. Other areas within signage are neatly covered by iiyama with its 20 series Stretch Displays (28in/38in), high-brightness 10 series (55in/75in) and OPS-ready 82 series. The company says it continues to break new ground within the interactive arena by launching optical bonded touchscreen solutions (22in and 32in), continuing to improve display performance for all environments. The corporate meeting room and classroom market is covered with the 03 series, while there’s a new 55in entrant to the range on show at ISE, aimed at the smaller meeting room space or collaboration huddle zone, as well as an 86in version. PCAP touch technology offers edge-to-edge glass design, and iiyama is exhibiting its full range, including features such as through-glass touch, anti-fingerprint coating, Intel SDM Slot and landscape/portrait/face up orientation available on 15, 34 and 38 series products.
HEVC IPTV encoder makes debut VITEC Stand: 14-M200 The HEVC IPTV encoder is being shown for the first time on the Vitec stand this year, with the company claiming it to have the highest density such device in the industry. The MGES-7000 4K/UHD/HD HEVC and H.264 eight-input IPTV encoding blade offers real-time hardware encoding of four 4Kp60 or eight 3G/HD/SD input ports for live sources of SDI, HDMI or IP (SMPTE ST 2110) video with advanced features such as secondary channel, integrated resolution and frame-rate scaling, AES 256/128-bit encryption and lowlatency mode. David Ben-Atar, product manager for streaming and 30 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
pixel spaces. The Picturall media servers can be controlled with Analog Way’s GUI solutions or via third-party control systems. They support multi GPU playback and offer up to 16 4K physical outputs from one server. Analog Way is also demonstrating the updated features of the v3.0 software.
delivery products at Vitec, said: “The streaming landscape has become incredibly diverse, which demands powerful, highinput solutions with the agility to support multiple channels of both HEVC and H.264 with broadcast quality and ultra-low latency across any network infrastructure. The MGES-7000 is the first encoding solution with the input availability to fully support these applications.” Using hardware-based
encoding chips supporting 4:2:2/4:2:0 10-bit and 8-bit H.264 and HEVC codecs, Vitec claims the encoder can support any application demand while providing benefits such as support for secondary video streams up to 1080p60 for each input. All streams can be managed with an easily configured web UI.
The MGES-7000 handles realtime hardware encoding of four 4Kp60 sources
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ClickShare Conference removes frictions with current meeting room AV set-ups
Bringing conferencing to the workplace BARCO Stand: 12-F120 With the introduction of ClickShare Conference, Barco says that it has taken remote meetings to a whole new level. It removes friction with current meeting room AV set-ups and problems with connecting to remote participants. According to Barco, this wireless conferencing solution makes conferencing faster, hassle-free and truly impressive. It also gives users the choice to use the conference tool that they find most productive. Users simply plug in the ClickShare Conferencing Button and within seven seconds it connects to cameras, mics, soundbars and any other peripherals in the room for a better, more immersive meeting experience. The power of the new ClickShare Conference lies in the freedom to choose: the solution is ‘triple-agnostic’. Users decide how they collaborate securely, from whichever device they want to, in any huddle space, meeting or boardroom, while they enjoy all the usual benefits of the UC or
videoconferencing tool of their choice and of all AV peripherals available in the room. Sharing with the improved ClickShare Conferencing Button and Collaboration App (PC, Mac or mobile devices) makes remote meetings rich and more interactive. Users have easy access to interactivity features like annotation, blackboarding and touch back support. The ClickShare Conference range encompasses three different models: the entry-level CX-20, the CX-30 and the high-end CX-50. The CX-20 is ideally suited for huddles and small meeting rooms, offering the key functionalities of wireless collaboration and conferencing. The CX-30, according to Barco ‘the perfect companion for standard meeting rooms’, adds a set of interactivity features such as touch back support, moderation, blackboarding and annotation to help users connect and click in meetings. The high-end CX-50, for large meeting rooms and boardrooms, brings a premium AV collaboration experience with superior audio and video quality, and offers the best possibilities to integrate into IT or AV environments.
Welcome to the smarter enterprise LENOVO Stand: 10-K130 Lenovo is expanding its ecosystem of Smart Office Solutions across ThinkSmart hardware, software and services. The company says this is paramount in helping to transform its customers’ business communications capabilities. The modern workplace is constantly evolving, Lenovo says, and companies need to strike a harmonious balance across culture, physical space and technology to maximise productivity and drive return on investment. However, basic meeting practices remain below expectation, according to Lenovo, with many believing poor communication technology significantly impacts their productivity. Lenovo believes that we’re seeing that extensive globalisation, combined with more talent choosing to work remotely, is creating an unprecedented level of collaboration 32 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
complexity across locations, people, devices and platforms. Keeping workforces connected and engaged is becoming the ultimate competitive advantage in driving speed of execution while also reinforcing employee experience and talent acquisition/retention. As the workplace continues to evolve, so does Lenovo, the company says. The Lenovo vision for the smarter workplace revolves around offering businesses the flexibility to adopt technology that meets their needs today and is scalable to their requirements tomorrow. Mingori: “We want Joseph Mingori, general to set people up to manager for Lenovo WW Smart do their best work” Office Business, said: “More than ever, work is something we do, not somewhere we go. We want to set people up to do their best work, no matter where it’s from. People are companies’ most important asset and communicating is the most powerful business tool.”
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Future promises of live production: will 5G replace all that we know? For live, reliable, high-quality streaming from remote places, bonded 4G backpacks, such as those from Mobile Viewpoint, can easily be connected to a camera. Known as video contribution, these bonded systems can reliably live stream over multiple 4G cellular networks back to a remote production centre where commentary and graphics can be added at the point of live playout. Though they are in use by major broadcasters, the price point can be so low that it is possible for smaller video content producers with the same 4G technology to live stream Full HD quality directly to social media at the local level for a low-cost connectivity budget. So, will 5G technology open the door to alternative cheaper technology such as a simple router with a 5G SIM to connect an IP camera and just live stream? The answer, like many things, is it depends on many factors. The proof, as they say, is in the tasting. There is currently much hype around 5G, but there have already been proven tests of its capability. Mobile Viewpoint was part of the first 5G live streaming between BT Sport and EE in the UK and used in a two-way remote broadcast to successfully live stream video to the ExCeL exhibition centre in London. Other successful tests include the BBC, a Mobile Viewpoint customer, while at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam a joint test between Mobile Viewpoint, Nokia and KPN proved the benefits and capabilities of 5G. There is absolutely no doubt that once 5G is universally deployed it will be used as a major communication channel for live video contribution. Given its price point, speed, low latency and its universal availability in a few years, it will commoditise the whole video live streaming world. This, in turn, will open up new opportunities and, of course, 8K formats – once they inevitably become popular from cameras to smartphones – will open up a whole new world of video immersion. The technology will be there, but we hope the content and creativity will live up to expectations as well. Time will tell!
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Laurent takes debut seat at ISE FORTRESS Stand: 1-N80
DTS Stand: 7-X210 Italian lighting company DTS is marking its 40th anniversary in 2020 with the introduction of a number of in-ceiling moving head products geared towards the needs of ‘architainment’ lighting applications. With these new products, DTS says it is intending to achieve the “transfer [of] the great quality of white light and colour generation to the interior design application”. The new launches include Euphony 3 Ceiling, which is an LED wash light featuring seven RGBW LEDs, a wide zoom and an efficient optical system. Suitable for uniform projections on surfaces – from wide wash to PC beam – the product offers high-quality colour mixing, 16 gel filter emulations and a custom soft frost filter. According to DTS, the Euphony 3 Ceiling enables ‘perfect linearity’ in the increase/attenuation of brightness of multi-chip LED sources, even at low dimming levels, thanks to Hi-Q Dimming technology. It is also possible to choose between Standard or Silent operational mode to fully adapt to the noise requirements of a given situation.
The Euphony 3 Ceiling, an LED wash light featuring seven RGBW LEDs
Making its debut at ISE on the Fortress stand is the Laurent. Designed exclusively for Fortress by Sheba Kwan of Red Theory, the company says the outstanding feature of the design is the contrasting detail of diamond stitching. This classic detailing was very popular about 10 years ago in the luxury markets of home interiors, fashion and auto industries, Fortress notes, and is once again enjoying popularity. According to the company, the chair works equally well in sitting areas such as a study or den. Also being showcased is the Kensington. The Kensington design was, notes the company, a collaborative effort between a homeowner, his designer and Fortress. The challenge was to develop a The Laurent chair is custom home theatre chair characterised by the contrasting that echoed the tones of detail of its diamond stitching the homeowner’s Ferrari along with the necessary criteria of a theatre chair. The open arms lighten the scale of the chair, Fortress points out, and the channelled back is said to add a unique look and great comfort. Upholstered in leather with contrasting stitching, the Kensington can be customised to meet most specifications – such as the inclusion of a removable tray table.
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ExhibitorNews Compelling platforms and flexible processing BLACK BOX Stand: 10-P155 The latest portfolio of Black Box’s IP-based and 4K AV visualisation products for videowalls, digital signage and control rooms is being demoed throughout ISE 2020. The company’s iCOMPEL interactive digital signage platform, with system-on-chip technology, is aimed at empowering users to build eye-catching signage, stream content from websites, visualise timetables and events, as well as supporting wayfinding and emergency messages. Users can play, upload and share images, presentations, videos and audio media files on any HDMI screen. The platform supports 4K UHD/ HD and simplifies creation and playout of HTML5-based content. Also on show is the Black Box MCX multimedia distribution and management system, which uses SDVoE and modern
10GbE infrastructure to allow AV and data payloads to exist on the same IT networks. Radian Flex is a software-based videowall processing platform that delivers future-proof flexibility and scalability for digital signage, corporate, education and missioncritical visualisation applications. The software allows users to display high-quality content from multiple sources across multiscreen display walls in any configuration. Users can add, move, resize and change content on the Radian Flex interface – those changes are reflected in real time on the target videowall, distributed visualisation system or other display devices. Radian Flex allows users to Black Box is also display high-quality videowall highlighting its Emerald content from multiple sources Unified KVM platform, which provides the flexibility and network security essential to state-of-the-art KVM extension and switching.
VR takes art off the canvas GREAT GONZO STUDIO Stand: 15-B220 The Great Gonzo Studio team is presenting a project at ISE that combines classic visual art and the cutting-edge technologies of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Paintings by Russian artists are given a fresh meaning thanks to their reconstruction using immersive painting techniques, turning the pictures into a spherical projection painted on canvas. Viewed through VR glasses, it turns into a Bringing Russian art to life with VR and AR ‘live’ image. Alexander Milokhov, CEO, Great Gonzo Studio, said the project, which has already been presented in Russia several times, gives people the opportunity to interact with the author’s creation, “and to become a part of it”.
Video computing boost for integrators RGBLINK Stand: 12-K80 On show from RGBlink at ISE 2020 are a host of new capabilities aimed directly at the integrator market. These range across modular USB-C input steaming capabilities, enhancements to the company’s Subito LED control system, new solutions for media player integrations, new solutions tailored to specific applications around collaboration UMS4 MediaMind is a high-performance industrialised computing platform and DOOH, as well as new breakthrough features for multi-source 4K presentation processing. alongside other equipment. With four 4K outputs as well as The RGBlink hardware media platform, UMS4 MediaMind modular options for both SDI and HDMI input capture, and is a high-performance industrialised computing system UMS4 installed with the user’s media software of choice, featuring an i7 CPU and Radeon Pro GPU. Designed for it’s said to be ideal for use in graphics-intensive installations high-performance video graphics workloads and for or presentations. seamless integration with RGBlink video processing RGBlink D Series Presentation Processors are also taking solutions, UMS4 addresses the demand for a reliable, centre stage with both the D6 and new D4 4K60 end-to-end robust video-computing platform that can be rack mounted scaling and presentation solutions on display. 34 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
Zhenzhi Wu, Vice president of AOTO and dean of AOTO Research Institute
MiniLED has a big future The increasing trend towards fine pixel pitch stimulates customers’ and the market’s higher requirements for LED display quality. For this demand, miniLED technology will deeply impact the AV industry in the coming years. Compared with the traditional SMD, COB and GOB, AOTO’s patented miniLED technology adopts the all-in-one scheme, which efficiently enhances product reliability and stability. It substantially increases production efficiency and decreases manufacturing cost. The matrixdriven design also lowers the cost of PCB and design difficulty. In addition to this, the colour consistency, contrast and maintenance cost issues of COB and GOB products have been effectively solved by the exclusive cross-groove design. Apart from the elements mentioned above, AOTO miniLED technology also features the newest wireless technology. This makes installation more convenient as there is no need to consider the configuration of power and signal cables. At the same time, the system is also implanted with an AI algorithm. The screen can be lit without debugging after installation. With those technologies adopted, the miniLED can provide spectacular visual performance via 110% NTSC, 24-bit colour processing depth, Moiré reduction, 180º angle view and HDR10, etc. However, the miniLED industry will also confront the huge challenge from the fierce competition between each enterprise and it needs to adjust to this new trend with changeable needs and technology breakthroughs. 2019 was known as the first year of miniLED mass application in the industry, and this is not the end of the miniLED technology; more innovation will lead to continuous improvements.
Despite its 1U size, D4 now offers capability for up to four 4K video source layers to be combined, scaled and displayed on a 4K output display. RGBlink has a tradition of providing lots of hands on opportunities for visitors, with ISE 2020 no exception. The stand is divided into application zones, namely Collaboration, 4K Experience, Control and Processing Experience, Presentation and more. In addition, the company is holding intensive mini-training sessions across the four days of ISE. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
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ExhibitorNews Meet the space configurator ASHTON BENTLEY Stand: 14-110 Ashton Bentley is out to prove that it shouldn’t be a complex and time-consuming process to get meeting rooms designed, ordered, delivered and installed. The company says that while already ahead of many system integrators by simplifying meeting room technology with complete modular audiovisual systems and tables that can be installed in a few hours, it has gone one step further with an online tool that allows anyone to design their meeting room and get an equipment list with prices ready to order. Room layouts show product dimensions and recommended room size. Users can build their space from scratch or get help with recommended systems based on room size, number of people or application. As standard, all Ashton Bentley systems are supplied with all equipment required, including audio systems with concealed speakers, control and all cables.
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Six new lighting products announced AED GROUP Stand: 1-H127
No fewer than six new Luxibel products are being showcased on the AED stand, including a new range of trussing and decks. The Luxibel B Expo series has been expanded with smaller and larger versions, namely the B Expo100M and the B Expo500TW. The B Expo is described as a high-quality LED Fresnel and delivers a steady output with a high CRI value. According to the company, the products are ideal for use at trade shows and retail applications and can also be used in theatres and at shows and events. The B ExpoFlood60° is designed to replace traditional HQI lighting with a powerful LED variant with a CRI value of 95. Thanks to its thin and sleek design, Luxibel says that these wash lights can be easily transported and installed, while an IP66 rating means they can be used for much more than just exhibition lighting. With the B Par360Z, Luxibel claims it is introducing the most powerful IP-rated zoom par in the world. The 7x60W RGBW LED features a dim and zoom function that makes it appropriate for a number of applications.
decisions quickly. The configurator also gives an insight into the sophistication of an Ashton Bentley solution. Once designed, customers immediately receive a system part number that can be used to order. Systems can then be supplied and installed quickly.
Enhanced integration for education EPIPHAN VIDEO Stand: 11-B110 Thanks to a firmware update, which now offers single sign-on (SSO) support, Epiphan Video has enhanced the integration of its Pearl hardware encoders with the Panopto video content management system. Panopto users can authenticate to the platform through Pearl’s touchscreen with Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 credentials – just one of several The Pearl Mini 2 unit shown in a lecture theatre enhancements Epiphan Video has introduced in Pearl firmware 4.9.1. David Kirk, marketing vice president for Epiphan, said: “Single sign-on makes using Pearl and Panopto together even easier for users. It’s right in line with one of the key benefits both companies want to offer customers, and that’s simplicity.” This is the latest CMS workflow enhancement for Epiphan Pearl hardware, which also features direct integration with video platform Kaltura. Epiphan has issued enhancements for its CMS integrations since partnering with both Kaltura and Panopto during 2019. By pairing Panopto or Kaltura with a Pearl hardware encoder, colleges and universities can turn the appliance into a hands-off solution for situations such as lecture capture or campus event live streaming.
Network and celebrate at ISE 2020’s biggest smart home and smart building party KNX ASSOCIATION Stand: 9-F120 KNX is inviting ISE delegates to ‘the biggest smart home and smart building networking party taking place during ISE 2020’, where attendeees can enjoy a cold drink, nice snacks and the best entertainment. The KNX Booth Party will be opened by Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, and Heinz Lux, CEO of KNX Association. Guests can expect to rub shoulders with high-profile attendees and enjoy networking opportunities with KNX manufacturers, integrators, specifiers and other key decision-makers in a relaxed atmosphere. The KNX Booth Party takes place today, 13 February, from 17:30 at the KNX stand in Hall 9 (9-F120). For more information, visit knxatise.knx.org.
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Deeper immersion Immersive audio is finding its way into more and more applications,
INSIGHT according to PSNEurope editor Dan Gumble At virtually every pro-audio trade show over the past few years, immersive audio/3D audio/spatial audio – call it what you will – has been far and away the industry’s biggest conversation point. The concept, and indeed much of the technology powering it, may not be especially new to those in the biz, but the types of applications and settings in which it is being deployed appear to be expanding and diversifying with increasing rapidity. Initially, this kind of technology could most commonly be detected in theatrical stage productions, bringing a heightened sense of immersion and reality to events unfolding before the audience. The sound of a character’s voice could follow them around the stage, seemingly echoing and reverberating in natural accordance with the acoustic properties of the venue, while more traditional immersive sensibilities such as surround sound and spot effects could be executed with greater sophistication than ever before. More recently, however, immersive technology is making its presence felt with growing regularity in the rock ’n’ roll touring market, presenting a whole host of opportunities for brands and artists alike. In recent years, many of the major players in the loudspeaker market have been ramping up their activities significantly on this front, with
the likes of L-Acoustics’ L-ISA system, d&b audiotechnik’s Soundscape and Meyer Sound’s Spacemap all hitting the road with discerning artists looking to broaden the creative scope of their livxe shows. Brands such as these are also making their immersive capabilities the central focus of their trade show offerings, as visitors continue to display an almost insatiable appetite for the technology. Many an ISE attendee will no doubt have discovered this for themselves when trying to book a slot for a demo of any one of these systems over the past two years. Not only are these typically booked up well in advance of the event, it’s not uncommon to find queues snaking around corridors in the hope of any last-minute availability. There are, of course, some challenges for immersive audio developers in the touring sector, the primary one being cost. Inevitably, equipping a tour or concert with these systems comes at a price, which may cause some artists to baulk. Plus, as PSNEurope recently discussed with Southby Productions – the company behind Björk’s 2019 immersive tour with d&b’s Soundscape – specialist equipment is often required to ensure load-in and set-up
times are met, chipping away further still at artists’ everdiminishing budgets. Furthermore, there is the question of what the technology is actually bringing to a given show. For straightforward rock ’n’ roll fare, immersive sound is never going to be a consideration, immediately ruling out a vast chunk of the market. If an artist is going to pursue one of these systems for a tour, serious consideration must be given to how it can elevate the audience experience from that of a traditional concert.
‘While the theatrical core of the immersive audio business will continue to explore new and exciting ways of pushing production boundaries, its place in the touring market will continue to grow too’ As is usually the case, though, as challenges present themselves, so too do opportunities. While the theatrical core of the immersive audio business will continue to explore new and exciting ways of pushing production boundaries, its place in the touring market will continue to grow too, albeit at a more pedestrian pace. Awareness of the technology will spread whenever a new artist adopts it. Indeed, several household names have been, or continue to be, in talks with major manufacturers about incorporating immersive sound elements into their shows. For now, we’ll have to wait and see, but immersive audio looks set to remain the dominant talking point across the industry for the foreseeable future.
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ExhibitorNews A smart home user experience like no other CRESTRON Stand: 2-C20, 2-E20, 2-E30Â Unlocking the full potential of the smart home is Crestron Home software, powered by OS 3. According to the company, it offers the complete package for any sized smart home project: a simpler, smarter user experience on mobile devices and Crestron TSW touchscreens; remarkably fast deployment for integrators; and the confidence that comes with renowned, best-in-class Crestron hardware. According to the company, Crestron Home delivers sophisticated page designs, exceptional dynamic room controls and icons, and powerful features, including guest access and support for multiple homes. Complete projects can be set up and deployed on any scale in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, with no programming needed. Guests on the Crestron stand in Hall 2 will see the ISE debut of new Crestron Home features, including Smart TV support, with direct access to streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, from the Crestron mobile app, touchscreens and remotes. In addition, thereâ€™s IP control of Apple TV from any user interface, including the TSR-310, Crestron touchscreens and mobile devices, as well as enhanced UX for control of garage doors, gates and door locks. Control of third-party wired devices, such as pool/spa control, is available, along with the ability to integrate and control traditional digital media distribution systems and integrate audio and video distribution amplifiers. Thereâ€™s also DALI lighting control, live camera control and monitoring, as well as support for Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant, to control lighting. Crestron says Crestron Home offers a simpler, smarter, more sophisticated user experience, with fast deployment for any size of home project.
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Dell is wowing ISE 2020 attendees with its new presentation product
DELL TECHNOLOGIES Stand: 15-T265 According to Dell, it’s now possible to captivate audiences with brilliant presentations on an 85.6in screen with 4K UHD resolution. Vivid, consistent colours are viewable across the screen from virtually anywhere in the room, thanks to the wide viewing angle enabled by In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. Dell monitor technology optimises fonts so that visuals appear sharp and text is crisp while operating everyday programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Users experience consistent on-screen clarity with anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings that reduce distracting reflections and fingerprints. Dell ComfortView reduces blue light emission to optimise eye comfort. Dell Screen Drop technology is the world’s first (according to Dell internal analysis, November 2018) accessibility feature that improves reachability for users of different heights. Users can raise, lower and mark up the image at three different height settings via the buttons at the side of the panel. The feature is available on the C8621QT, C7520QT and C5518QT monitors. Users can write or draw in real time with virtually zero lag, using fingers, palm or styluses at the same time. The improved
stylus features an ergonomic design for a comfortable grip and a dual tip, one at each end. One enables precise writing while the other enables erase. Convenient stylus and palm erase features save time by eliminating menu navigation. Touch functionality is natural and intuitive, and compatible with virtually all industrystandard software. Users can co-create content with the Flatfrog Board collaboration software, which is included.
Putting the customer first
James Shanks, managing director EMEA for AVI-SPL, said: “Our local capabilities, combined with our talent for big-picture strategy, are how we keep the customer’s needs and goals frontand-centre.” A section of the AVI-SPL stand at ISE is AVI-SPL devoted to sharing the details of its services and Stand: 11-C155 providing demos of its AV Award-winning AVISPL Symphony user experience management Since AVI-SPL launched its Global Accounts application. The 2019 AV Awards also recognised Management (GAM) three years ago, AVI-SPL’s talent for customer service when it the company says the programme has named AVI-SPL its International Integrator of saved multinational companies millions of the Year. Additionally, at the 2019 SAMA dollars. Those savings have come through Excellence Awards in Strategic Account effective, easy-to-use solutions for unified Management, AVI-SPL picked up two awards communications and collaboration, the efficient for its GAM programme. One of those awards Shanks: “We keep the customer’s needs and use of real estate, and an infrastructure that included Outstanding Young SAM Program of goals front-and-centre” reduces the burden on internal support. the Year, which recognised AVI-SPL’s focus on For each GAM account, AVI-SPL develops a customer outcomes. long-term, vendor-agnostic approach that includes a technology “Companies need to know that their AV and UC investments are lifecycle to support the client’s overall goals and needs. AVI-SPL delivering the experience and ROI they expect,” explained Shanks. applies that strategy through its own resources, which are local to “We’re excited to show ISE guests that we excel at providing both, the client’s locations. with the local attention they require and on a worldwide scale.”
8K control system shines brightly at ISE NOVASTAR Stand: 8-G160 New for ISE, Coex is an 8K control system developed by NovaStar. The system consists of the CX80 independent controller, with support for 8K (8192x4320@60Hz) loading
Coex was developed with the concept of an open platform design
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capacity and 5Gbps transmission bandwidth, and the all-new CoexVMP software. Coex was developed with the concept of an open platform, with an interconnected system allowing open and continued expansion of functionality. The software features quick and convenient operation with a user-friendly interface, and allows for effective smart management, control and diagnosis. At the same time, Coex provides a helpful toolbox, allowing users to meet the needs of specific applications through secondary development and to easily realise their creativity and vision. Coex was developed with a focus on improving image quality, incorporating Nova Image Quality Engine, HDR10-Optima/ HLG, independent colour replacement, and more image quality technologies to achieve the most realistic and comfortable viewing experience possible. According to the company, the Coex control system opens up more LED applications than ever before, allowing for more varied, more widely adopted and more convenient use, with infinite possibilities for what users can create.
Toolset verifies HDMI cable quality MSOLUTIONS Stand: 5-T80 According to MSolutions, the MS-TestPro HDBaseT tester that it is demonstrating at ISE is the only such device that offers an all-inclusive portable toolset for installers and integrators testing the HDBaseT infrastructure. It is designed to provide AV professionals with all the information that they need to verify signal integrity and system stability while working in the field. The MS-TestPro ISE also marks the HDBaseT tester is an European debut of the all-inclusive portable HDMI Cable Tester (HCT), toolset a special module for the MS-TestPro that is said to enable comprehensive HDBaseT and HDMI cable testing and diagnostics. Field installers simply connect the HDMI modules to both ends of an HDMI cable to gain immediate access to cable quality data. MSolutions says that the HCT module simplifies the evaluation of cabling bandwidth with the HDMI standard, with immediate identification of missing or defective wiring. The HDMI modules perform physical layer quality tests on cable conductors and shielding, and also confirm the presence of all 19 HDMI-standard conductors. Since the solution tests each cable’s ability to support HDMI bandwidth requirements up to 18Gbps HDMI 2.0, installers can be assured that their end customers can move high-quality, high-resolution signals – including 4K/UHD and HDR – with maximum integrity.
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ExhibitorNews Forrester finds significant ROI with collaboration solution INTEL UNITE Stand: 11-A170 A 2019 Total Economic Impact (TEI) study from Forrester Consulting, commissioned by Intel, assessed the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realise by deploying the Intel Unite solution. Intel Unite is a PC-based content sharing and collaboration solution that allows screen sharing and remote viewing from anywhere in the world. Available on-premise or through the Intel Unite Cloud Service, the integrated software and hardware solution simplifies management for IT while delivering a modern experience to todayâ€™s mobile and collaborative workforce. The study found that useÂ of the Intel Unite solution can result in a 15% reduction in meeting downtime, which can result in savings of over $500,000 over three years. Overall the solution provided an ROI of 470% and payback in less than six months. In addition, the Intel Unite solution improved productivity, provided telemetry data for increased workspace optimisation, and reduced or eliminated collaboration space cabling costs. Qualitative benefits for end users and IT administrators include the flexibility to use creative and ad-hoc meeting spaces, fast meeting starts, seamless wireless content
The solution allows screen sharing and remote viewing from anywhere in the world
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ExhibitorNews Workspace management tool updated
Taking PTZ to the next level
SONY Stand: 1-N20
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At ISE, Sony is announcing TEOS 2.2, the latest version of its workspace management solution designed to offer full control over devices, signage and content across the whole workplace ecosystem. TEOS 2.2 brings to customers 20 new functionalities and features, including customisable smart automation options, a new meeting display interface and Outlook integration. With TEOS Smart Automation, the company says AV, IT and facilities managers will be able to create custom automation protocols in almost unlimited configurations using IoT, AV and external data sources from sensors. In conjunction, new types of devices such as lights, curtains, heating and more will be able to be managed through TEOS. Users will, for example, be able to set room temperature, lighting and devices in a room to dynamically adjust based on variables such as time, the weather, CO2 levels and the number of people in a space. According to Sony, this latest update has been created to unlock the potential of new advances in IoT and sensor technology, boost integration with third-party devices and software, and enable organisations to enhance collaboration, simplify work and optimise space management. Since launching it in 2017, the company says that TEOS has played a fundamental role in the digital transformation of over 200 organisations across 28 TEOS 2.2 includes 20 new functionalities and features countries, including Siemens and Capgemini.
cart accommodates One of the products starring on any PTZ camera the PresetMaster stand this year is the remote-controlled T-Rider camera dolly. The T-Rider is a robotic cart that is easily mounted on a truss tube system (available worldwide). With an integrated cheese plate, any PTZ camera can be placed on top. Installation and control are carried out via TCP/IP protocol and with the included software package, and presets can be made for camera angles, positions, speed and acceleration. Robbert van Loon, owner and founder, PresetMaster, said: “The T-Rider is a unique product. There are similar products, but they are at least five times more expensive. Besides this difference in costs, all other systems have their own track systems instead of worldwide available truss, so transport costs are a lot higher as well.”
The T-Rider robotic
Navigating the path of digital signage INNES Stand: 8-K278 Digital signage software company Innes is presenting a variety of room and orientation signage software on its ISE stand this year. The SignMeeting App is a range of room management signage players which includes an ‘all in one’ 10.1in touchscreen. SignDoor, digital signage software for wireless displays placed on office doors, manages room availability with a digital label connected to the end user’s active directory or via Excel.
SignWay software is installed on orientation kiosks to indicate the most suitable path according to multiple criteria, while PlugnCast CMS is audiovisual content management software dedicated to the off- or on-premises management of multimedia for displaying on a network of screens. In addition, Qeedji, the brand launched by Innes last year, is showcasing media players (SMA300 FHD, DMB400 UHD) and a 10in SMT210 screen dedicated to meeting room entrances. Also on show is the WPAN Bluetooth low-energy hub that is compatible with connected products such as SLATE106 or EnOcean buttons and sensors. Also on show
Highest precision combined with holistic service
SignWay is installed in orientation kiosks to allow the user to navigate the most appropriate pathway
is a new PowerPoint Qeedji Add-In Publisher with which the user can publish slides directly to media players.
LANG is demonstrating LED products within different installations
LANG AG Stand: 1-H50 In Hall 1 at ISE, LANG is demonstrating LED products with a variety of new technologies, viewed in different installations. The Lotus 0.83 miniLED system from Silicon Core Technologies is presented in an interactive application. It impresses with a pixel pitch of 0.83mm and, thanks to Flip Chip and Common Cathode technology, a brightness of up to 2,000 nits. This is supported by the robust, very homogeneously coated surface, with the product being optimally suited for HDR applications. In addition, LANG is presenting two new concepts for fine pixel pitch fixed installations and rental single units in Full HD resolution. The two concepts in co-operation with INFiLED are a 1.25mm pixel pitch unit with SMD technology including a smart wall mount, and a 1.5mm pixel pitch unit with IMD technology, which is a robust, rotatable single unit to show the user the easy operation comparable to a display. LANG has been implementing projects with LED material for almost 20 years. The company established relationships with manufacturers in Asia at an early stage and has
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consolidated and expanded these relationships today, thus building up know-how. LANG’s opinion is always in demand from customers, but also from the manufacturer side. In the LED sector the company is now a trusted partner for rental companies and system integrators. LANG stands for comprehensive advice and service for all aspects of LED investments. LED specialists can offer this, as they are constantly on the lookout for the latest trends. They observe the LED market sensitively and competently and take a close look at the individual products of leading manufacturers. They
test the current technologies and finally determine the most efficient products. In this way, LANG can keep its promise of always being an overall partner to its customers. Experienced LANG engineers and technicians not only pass on their knowledge during training courses in the LANG ACADEMY, but also take care of all procedures for LED investments. These range from communication with manufacturers, the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) on site at the manufacturer’s premises and delivery to Europe, as well as an after-sales service, which includes warranty, maintenance, repair and on-site service.
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ExhibitorNews Suit up for VR MANUS VR Stand: 14-E110
Australian Monitor has added to its line of mixer amplifiers with the new Picoblu
Mixer amp suits retail and hospitality AUSTRALIAN MONITOR Stand: 7-M223 The latest addition to the Australian Monitor range of mixer amplifiers, the Picoblu, is a 30W half-rack amplifier with both high and low impedance outputs. Also featuring built-in Bluetooth, the Picoblu was designed
with retail boutiques, hospitality and cafe markets in mind. Incorporating one balanced and two unbalanced RCA inputs, this mixer amplifier has a small form factor, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. The optional mounting brackets have also been developed to aid installation flexibility, enabling the Picoblu to be mounted under a counter, on a wall, or in a standard rack.
Security update for TRx Management System
Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO of VuWall, said: “Security and privacy are paramount to mission-critical environments and their systems. As cyberattacks become more common, it’s becoming exceedingly important to guard against arising risks. We’ve taken action by adding new capabilities that protect communications between the TRx Server and TRx Clients.” VUWALL VuWall’s TRx Version 2.5 updates include TLS between TRx GUI and TRx Server. By using TLS and HTTPS, VuWall ensures Stand: 15-K250 that all communication between the VuWall server and all VuWall has announced the version 2.5 update to its TRx TRx clients is encrypted to protect against man-in-the-middle Centralized Multi-Video Wall Management System, which is attacks – such as eavesdropping – and prevent hackers from on show at ISE 2020. This release includes three new security accessing communication and manipulating the system. capabilities that strengthen the VuWall system: Transport It also includes user rights management. It gives Layer Security (TLS) between the TRx GUI and TRx Server; administrators powerful and easy-to-configure control with improved user rights management; and more KVM modes. finely tuned permissions. Users and groups can be restricted by floor, zone, or endpoint, as well as restricted from saving new presets, creating new control panels, writing scripts and more. Finally, in a KVM environment, a Private Mode secures content on the network by assigning absolute privacy, locking a source to a given user once displayed, preventing others from routing that source elsewhere. VuWall’s TRx is an innovative AV network management solution for configuring and operating multiple videowalls, multiviewers, encoders and decoders. TRx also simplifies the The release includes three new security capabilities that strengthen the VuWall system deployment of complex AV-over-IP networks.
Founded in 2014 in the Netherlands, Manus quickly became known for its wearable technology data-gloves, and ISE attendees can get ‘hands on’ with the latest version at this year’s show. The Manus Prime Series gloves, released in 2019, provide accurate finger tracking, thanks to unique technology. The series consists of the base glove, the Prime One, as well as the flagship model, Prime Haptic, which provides haptic feedback to all five fingertips. The use of VR makes it possible to reduce expenses significantly, for example by providing employee training or prototyping in virtual reality. The Manus gloves are currently being used by clients such as NASA, Daimler and Volkswagen. During ISE 2020, Manus is also showcasing its recently developed inverse kinematics (IK) software system. Dubbed Polygon, the system provides fullbody movement calculation using a minimum of six predetermined data points. Manus is demonstrating the IK system integrated in a full-body multi-person VR simulation. Combined with the Prime Series gloves, the systems work in harmony to supply users with a completely immersive training or simulation experience. Manus wearable tech reduces costs by providing training or prototyping in virtual reality
Enhanced interactivity for more effective meetings CLEVERTOUCH Stand: 13-C140 UX Pro is the latest unified communications (UC) suite from Clevertouch, which the company says is designed to deliver the best possible interactive experience for meetings. The UX Pro system provides flexibility for in-office and/or remote meetings, allowing for integration with UC platforms such as Stage, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Users can assign NFC cards to team members so they can quickly log in and access their files, settings and cloud accounts. It’s a multi-modal set-up that carries instant messaging, streaming, digital signage, internal announcements and advertising. The UX Pro UC comes with a high definition 4K touchscreen that can display content from any brand of device. It is also said to feature Clevertouch’s highest audio spec yet; a built-in line array microphone and 45W max power (with a 15W subwoofer) of room filling sound. High Precision Super Glide Touch technology offers a fluid writing experience on the touchscreen with no lag, whether using fingers or the dual-recognition stylus. UX Pro also uses proximity sensors to boot up when someone enters the room, and also switch off when the room is empty. 48 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
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ExhibitorNews Single platform software solutions
A signage solution from Tripleplay shown in-situ
TRIPLEPLAY Stand: 10-N155 The latest digital signage, IPTV and video streaming software technology from Tripleplay is on show throughout ISE 2020. The company is demonstrating its recently released Caveman 3 software platform for digital signage and IPTV to showcase the latest enhancements and innovations of this solution. Other key features on the Tripleplay stand include a 6-way Multiview video streaming to a single endpoint, a UI for both the Mobile Media Application (MMA) and desktop portal (MVP), and its PLAY3R-SP1 and PLAY3R-P1 media players for the TripleSign Digital Signage and Interactive IPTV Portal. Steve Rickless, CEO, Tripleplay and ONELAN, said: “We have always ensured that we have a close relationship with our clients and continually strive to always be ahead of their needs through the flexibility of our software. We are excited to demonstrate our latest software at ISE and show why Tripleplay is one of the leaders in the industry.”
New Ravenna solutions vendor revealed ALC NETWORX / DIRECTOUT Stand: 7-V220, 7-V224 Connectivity specialist DirectOut has become the latest Ravenna solutions vendor with the release of its new RAV2 high-performance network audio module for integration into third-party products. ALC Networx develops Ravenna as an open standard for real-time media over IP. The new module also forms the Ravenna AoIP network core of DirectOut’s recently released Prodigy Series of multi-function audio processors and converters for pro audio, broadcast, installation and studio applications. Enabling manufacturers to incorporate high performance and interoperability into their products in a compact Mini-PCI form factor, RAV2 offers easy integration of Ravenna, AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110-30/31, with support for all ST 2022-7 classes. In terms of performance, RAV2 offers 128x128 audio channels in up to 32 network streams, and sample rates up to 192kHz. It is equally suited to operation in synchronised WAN (wide area network) environments with greater than 500ms latency, or on local networks with ultra-low latency down to one sample per packet, which is less than 1ms. The module also features built-in PTP Grandmaster capability (multicast and hybrid mode). To complete the package, RAV2 includes a customisable and scalable HTML-based GUI with network traffic display, selection of PTP profiles, jitter monitoring, stream monitoring and configuration, along with password protection. The release of the RAV2 OEM network audio module sees DirectOut becoming the latest Ravenna solutions provider
Batteries now included CELEXON Stand: 5-T17 A new electric screen in Celexon’s Professional Plus series does not require a power connection, as it is powered by an integrated lithium-ion battery with a capacity sufficient for up to 500 uses, opening and closing. The built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery is said to provide reliable energy and is recharged using the provided mains adapter. Intelligent electronics automatically stop the charging process The battery-powered screen sports the housing design of the Professional Plus series with a flush weighted bar for a clean The screen’s in-built battery is good for up to 500 uses look and protection against environmental influences when not in use. The battery screen is equipped with a newly developed 4K-PET projection fabric, with a gain of 1.1. The available formats are 1:1, 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10, up to 330cm width. In comparison to pure PVC projection screens, Celexon’s MWHT 4K PET projection fabric is said to be significantly more temperature stable. The fabric has fire protection certifications M1 and B1. Included in the box are the screen, radio remote control and power supply, as well as illustrated instructions and installation materials.
Comprehensive upgrade for Unite BEYERDYNAMIC Stand: 1-M120
The Unite system enjoys improved monitoring and a more flexible talkback function
Thanks to software and firmware updates, the Unite wireless communication system from beyerdynamic regularly receives new functionality, as the company has been demonstrating at ISE this week. The new full duplex mode on the Unite AP4 means that the Access Point can be used as a 4-channel receiver for wireless microphones, either with a bodypack or handheld transmitter. The transmitters are optimised for speech and have an integrated DSP. This, the company says, balances voices of varying volume and differing speaker distances, and blocks out background noise. Also new is the CELT audio codec which prevents the signal being overdriven when someone speaks too loudly into the microphone. The talkback function is now said to be even more flexible: together with the Clear function from the last update, a request-to-talk function makes mobile discussions possible. The guide/master can control the conversation by assigning or deleting all open microphones. Unite has a new monitoring function, called Sidetone. This allows users to listen to their own voice using headphones or an inductive neck loop. This function is, according to beyerdynamic, particularly beneficial to people who are hard of hearing and have a cochlear implant. 50 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
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AI in AV: hope or hype? Where are the real opportunities for AI and machine learning?
INSIGHT Michael Garwood takes a look The promise of artificial intelligence (AI), a world filled with machines that are capable of demonstrating comparable or even superior levels of intelligence to that of humans, is not new. Since the term was first coined back in 1956 – kept alive in our consciousness through untold quantities of sci-fi literature, movies and TV series – the subject still remains a fantasy of what the world will one day progress to resemble. But will it ever come to fruition? While in recent years there have been many algorithm breakthroughs and examples of basic (disputable) AI and machine learning in action (voice, online predictive shopping, etc) – thanks heavily to the rise of Big Data – and thousands and thousands of speculative articles and forecasts of what will/could be, AI for many businesses still remains almost completely irrelevant. For the AV industry, AI is still largely silent in its development. How AV fits into this promising new world – a market forecast to be valued at $97.9 billion by 2023 – is a difficult question to answer. Indeed, many of the leading manufacturers exhibiting in the RAI’s halls have previously avoided discussing AI, at least on the record. And while I write this ahead of the show, it remains to be seen how many major announcements around the subject (beyond voice control) will grace these pages.
Should the manufacturers be doing more, or does the industry simply not need it? Speaking ahead of the show, Sean Wargo, senior director, market intelligence at AVIXA, gave his views on the subject: “There’s nothing really to get hyped up about yet. I’d classify AI at present as more hope than promise. As far as what exists now, there simply isn’t a lot to discuss or show. I don’t think anyone is riding on it as much from the perspective of the AV industry. It’s one of those things that’s often talked about but in reality, not often found, particularly when you think of shows like ISE or InfoComm. There’s not a lot yet in terms of direct application.” Fact not fiction That said, the opportunities around AI should not be ignored, but they may not necessarily derive from the manufacturers. After all, at its core, AI is about solving existing problems and automating repetitive tasks. With the rise of connectivity in AV technology – notably projectors, displays, digital signage and the like – the opportunities for AI to make its presence felt, while not necessarily being seen (forget physical, weird looking robots), are high and potentially extremely lucrative. Figures now suggest there are more than 20 billion active devices (excluding smartphones and computers) embedded
with sensors, software and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. This figure will reach 29 billion by 2022, while the market for device management contracts will top $5.1 billion by 2025. AV technology absolutely falls into this space. The potential for intelligent software to help monitor technology – be it projectors, digital signage, displays, audio systems, lighting and so on – to automatically manage, diagnose, alert, predict, fix and or correct problems before and as they arise without assistance, is an invaluable resource for any business or organisation. This may eventually come from the manufacturers, but for now at least, it’s crucial – particularly for integrators – to keep an eye on and investigate these opportunities with AI specialist organisations, rather than the traditional AV tech providers. Equally, it provides an important additional recurring revenue stream and a service few have seen before. Now that’s a differentiator. Wargo concludes: “There is a need in the integration community to extend the relationship with the client beyond one transaction, one installation, one project. For many, if they are only project-based, it can be difficult to maintain that relationship over time, forced into cyclical buying procurement processes where they are evaluated. Integrators are looking for recurring revenue. Managed service is the path to that, to help and support their clients. If AI can help them with that interaction, reduce downtime and potentially huge resource strains on visits by fixing remotely, and help generate a revenue from a relationship that doesn’t have truck-roll: that solves real problems and that’s the real opportunity. My advice is to keep an eye on AI and maintain your knowledge and skillset. When the time comes, you won’t be starting from a position of zero.”
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ExhibitorNews Debut for Nova visual display and collaboration line VIVITEK Stand: 5-S30 Visitors to Vivitek’s stand are being wowed by three solutions making their global debut at ISE 2020. Promising to take users to a world ‘beyond visual communications’, Vivitek has added to its existing visual display and collaboration solutions with the introduction of the NovoDisplay, an all-in-one collaboration/signage display; NovoProjector, a collaboration projector; and the NovoTouch EK Series collaborative touchpanel for education. Setting a new benchmark for the industry in terms of ease of use, value for money and simplified connectivity, the solutions are said to make it easier than ever to share ideas and information from any device on the main screen in an engaging and captivating way to connect with all audiences. The new products include the NovoDisplay Series, which offers the first all-in-one collaboration and digital signage display, according to the company, and is the most complete flat panel display offering. With NovoDisplay, there’s no need for any add-on solutions. The included NovoDS digital signage software enables users to communicate anything from corporate messaging to the daily menu, live RSS feeds, or a simple ‘Welcome’ message. The inclusion of NovoDS bridges the gap between wireless collaboration technology and digital signage in the most user-friendly and cost-effective way.
NovoDisplay offers an all-in-one collaboration and digital signage display
Vivitek’s all-in-one projection solution, NovoProjector, has been designed for medium-sized meeting rooms. Offering much more than the normal functionality of a projector, it’s ideal for companies that would benefit from its extensive wireless collaboration features, which make it easy to set up, use and maintain, the company says.
Vivitek’s NovoTouch EK Series for Education comprises three fully featured interactive displays designed to cater specifically for the budget-conscious education sector. Available in 65in, 75in and 86in sizes, all offer 4K-UHD resolution, ensuring that the screens invite and encourage engagement and participation in the classroom.
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ExhibitorNews Pandoras Box open for 64-bit processing CHRISTIE Stand: 1-H70
The pop-out range includes a compact mount and a heavy-duty variation
Enhancements for Adapta-Wall and VertiSlide mounts UNICOL Stand: 1-N115 ISE 2020 sees the development of Unicol’s Adapta-Wall and VertiSlide ranges. The serviceable cassette range now includes a small and large ‘side-slide’ variation, giving installers and integrators the option to remove an AV equipment tray from either side or from below. The pop-out mount range has a revised, smaller compact mount – with a frame size of just 410x300mm – and a heavy-duty variation, capable of supporting screens up to 75kg. Unicol says that each product development sees further improvement for the maintenance and serviceability of recessed screens, videowalls and general wall mounted displays. David Jopling, managing director at Unicol, said: “We say goodbye to Amsterdam with fond memories; the years that ISE has been here have been incredible, but we are making sure to go out with a bang. Showcasing a range of new solutions, we’re seeing just as much passion, drive and enthusiasm from our visitors as we usually do.” Visitors to the stand also have the opportunity to extend their stay after ISE 2021, as Unicol is offering the chance to win a weekend break for two in Barcelona.
Responding to what the company sees as the accelerating demand for greater performance to process, play and control higher resolutions and data volumes on multiple displays, Christie has announced Pandoras Box Version 6.4, which now supports 64-bit processing. Pandoras Box is a family of hardware and software tools for real-time video processing and show control, designed for use in live events, projection mapping, image compositing and interactive applications. Markus Zeppenfeld, product manager, Christie Pandoras Box, said: “We are pleased to have significantly increased the performance and speed of Pandoras Box with the 64-bit version. Tests have shown that, depending on the video codec, we were able to generate up to 35% more output. This is great news not only for hardware users, but also for our software customers who configure their own hardware systems and will benefit immensely from these improvements.” Working completely in 64-bit, the render engine allows the use of additional system resources, such as memory, or to process parallel calculations. These improvements allow the simultaneous playback of more or larger video files.
Zeppenfeld: “Our software customers… will benefit immensely from these improvements”
Lighting the way MADRIX Stand: 9-A180 Madrix is a real-time effects
LEDs have become a major part of generator for 2D today’s lighting industries, and Madrix is and 3D mapping all about powerful yet simple products for creative LED lighting. This includes compelling tools for lighting management, monitoring and control. Madrix 5 software, which is on display at ISE this year, allows users to create impressive lighting effects. The application features a real-time effects generator for 2D pixel mapping and 3D voxel mapping with additional media server capabilities. Using the built-in graphics and rendering engine, fully customisable live visuals are created quickly and easily. It can produce a complete LED light show from a normal computer or laptop and can drive tens of thousands of LEDs without problems, according to the company. Thanks to its parametric visuals, users can create many lighting patterns without audio input. It also integrates with lighting desks, controllers and many other hardware or software tools.
Smart entry system is wave and wake FASTTEL Stand: 1-Q60 Belgian manufacturer of door entry systems Fasttel is showcasing its new VisitorTalk! system. Equipped with a 7in HD LCD screen and powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE), it is designed for indoor use. The unit is finished in black anodised aluminium or bronzed copper and can be installed surface mount or on a table base. The inclusion of motion detection enables the screen to be activated via the wave of a hand. Other features include the ability to record a complete conversation either in internal memory or on a microSD card; activate web relays; consulting and recording of any external IP cameras; making and recording telephone calls; and multimedia functions such as a music/picture player and wake up alarm. Two hidden LEDs at the side of the unit can be used to indicate the status of two inputs – ‘door open’, for example. Support for the Android 8.0 operating system allows the user to browse the internet and install third-party software such as apps for home automation, heating, Sonos and so on. To enable such functionality 1GB of internal memory is available. The VisitorTalk! can be used with any SIP door intercom.
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The PoE-powered door entry system is equipped with a 7in HD LCD screen
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ExhibitorNews Smart combination for digital workplace signage PADS4 Stand: 8-E410 New to ISE visitors this year is a workplace management solution powered by Crystal and PADS4. The PADS4 Crystal CMS collaboration is an optimised workplace solution in a corporate environment. The platform includes Crystal, an application for managing the digital workplace, and PADS4, the data-driven platform for smart digital signage from NDS. Crystal is a web-based software application thatâ€™s able to cover 99% of the corporate space through a configurable back-office for building resources, sensors and IoT. Crystal offers smart meeting room booking and signage, wayfinding and sensors. Each technology is linked to real-time data, offering workplace environment support to the user. PADS4 manages digital signage in meeting rooms, flex offices and facilities, and offers real-time control with meeting room features such as Viewer Variables to save time and money while keeping booking, wayfinding, signage and in-room communication up-to-date and relevant for the client. PADS4â€™s meeting room software integrates existing data sources and booking tools to update displays with new information, re-use presentations with variable brands, names and logos, and organise wayfinding around clients.
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The context-driven PADS4 digital signage platform integrates into many aspects of corporate messaging
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ExhibitorNews Kordon Vaughn
Senior director, product marketing, SnapAV
Hommbru’s loudspeakers are made out of a solid surface, such as composite material or wood
Secret speakers HOMMBRU Stand: 14-E126 An individual way to create sound with a solid surface is brought to ISE by German company Hommbru. The loudspeakers are made out of a solid surface, for example composite material or wood, and hidden in the panel itself. There are no fabric coverings or holes, and the speakers fit perfectly into the interior. The company’s first product was the TV-Sideboard, and this has been followed up by plug-and-play products such as Anton, a waterproof outdoor loudspeaker with integrated
light. This combination of speaker, light, stool and design object is, according to the company “unique worldwide”. The company also plays a support role in big projects like hotel interiors or offices, since the requirements for acoustics in these cases are always extremely high. For this, Hommbru offers a made-to-measure loudspeaker, where the planner or architect decides the size and surface material, so that it can be integrated invisibly into the wall. Hommbru is not the first company to develop a distributed mode loudspeaker, but, it says, it “is the first to bring science, fundamental research, design and the ability of developing and producing lasting products together”.
Elite performer SHENZHEN ATENTI TECHNOLOGIES Stand: 12-P85 The Elite Series is prominent among the LED displays on the stand of manufacturer Atenti. The Elite Series can be used for fixed installation or rental applications and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments. It can be assembled straight, 90º or in a curve, and as an all-in-one product, it can be used for multiple applications. According to the company, Elite series models are designed for easy, seamless installation and dismounting, and display a high grey scale and high contrast ratio.
The all-in-one Elite Series can be deployed for multiple applications
On display PHILIPS PDS Stand: 10-H170, 10-K170
A close-up of BDL81XXL 44in displays
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The full range of rapid-install LED displays from Philips Professional Display Solutions (PDS) is being showcased throughout ISE 2020. The company says the Direct View L-Line Series of indoor LED displays is designed to combine image quality with easy installation. Housed in lightweight, aluminium casings the L-Line Series includes the 27in BDL91XXL and the 44in (16x9) BDL81XXL, with both models featuring a range of pixel pitches, from 1.2mm to 4.8mm. Customers can connect multiple LED display cabinets to create the resolution they want – 4K, 8K or higher – for a seamless display, with no bezels. The displays can be
In your opinion, what is the best thing about the ISE show? Attending ISE offers the opportunity to check out the latest industry products, in action. Manufacturers are eager to demonstrate new experiences for professionals and their customers at the start of the year, and it’s also a great opportunity for networking and strengthening industry relationships. Control4 also connects with its dealers at its annual party, awarding those who have done exemplary project work in the past year. What do you perceive to be the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time? It’s been interesting to watch the evolution of the smart home consumer throughout the years. When smart home adoption first hit the ground, early adopters gravitated towards home security devices, thermostats, smart locks, speakers, etc. Now, as they have experienced the complexity of DIY systems and discovered the possibilities of a smart home infrastructure, consumers are envisioning their next smart home phase. Control4 sees the downfall in DIY smart home as an opportunity for dealers, who can capitalise on interest in connected experiences by offering a seamless experience with Control4 Smart Home OS and a solution to the complexity with professional management. Why should delegates visit your stand at ISE 2020? This is first ISE since Control4 became part of SnapAV, and we invite dealers to come by and meet the larger team and the expanded product line, including Luma Surveillance, Binary video distribution and more. We’re also showing the new award-winning Neeo Remote for Control4. Dealers can demo the remote in action, with favourites, scenes and smart home control from Control4 Smart Home OS 3.
purchased as complete pre-configured kits – including LED cabinets, cables, cable management, industry-standard controllers and an edge finishing kit – or as individual panels and components, depending on requirements. All of the displays are front serviceable, which allows LED modules, cables and power supplies to be changed or altered without the need to take a display off a wall. As well as being available as standard, single cabinets in Philips’ L-Line range can also be ordered as a ‘solution-in-a-kit’, allowing installers to select the product they need to create LED walls sized from 110in up to 330in. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
ExhibitorNews Distributed projection with modular system
A display stand that delivers
DIGITAL PROJECTION Stand: 1-F90
TEAMMATE Stand: 13-C150
Distributed computing has long been the norm. At ISE, however, Digital Projection is showcasing – for the first time in Europe – a technology preview of what might be called ‘distributed projection’. The company’s Satellite Modular Laser System not only separates the light source from the projection head – but also, a single light source of 10,000 lumens can serve multiple The Satellite Modular Laser System separates the light source from the heads. Source and head are projection head connected via up to 100m of fibre optic cable. This, the company says, delivers new levels of flexibility and potential cost saving to many installations. The light source, for example, with its associated power requirement and need for thermal management, can be located away from the projection head. In multichannel installations requiring more than one projector – such as domes, caves and simulation systems – only a single light source is needed. The head is compact, lightweight and, according to the company, consumes very little power, allowing much greater freedom in locating it – and it is designed with a closed-loop cooling system, sealing all of the critical optical components to prevent ingress of contaminants. The modular design also makes transportation, installation and servicing more straightforward, says Digital Projection.
The Totem SBS is the latest addition to the TeamMate range of display stands, which are on show in Hall 13. The standout feature of the Totem SBS is said to be its set-back screen design that enables it to be as close to the wall as possible while still utilising a rack 19in mounting facility below. This design allows it to fit into teaching spaces and corporate boardrooms where space is at a premium. The Totem SBS can be customised with cut-outs for The Totem SBS display stand pictured with a large screen on top control panels, saving the need for a lectern or desk with a security control housing. With inbuilt 3U 19in vertical rack mounting space for AV/IT equipment, there is even room for compact tower PCs. David Botting, managing director of TeamMate Roomware Solutions, said: “The Totem SBS is the culmination of various pieces of feedback from users of the range. We now believe the SBS and others in the Totem range, including the Mobile Totem, are the future for modern flexible spaces while being at an attractive price point.”
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Central services Centralisation is a key theme in the control rooms sector, but it
INSIGHT brings both positives and negatives, according to Duncan Proctor Although traditionally something of a niche within the AV industry, control rooms utilise a wide range of equipment and significant growth is expected across the sector. To understand the control rooms opportunity, it’s important to know the trends affecting the sector, top of which is centralisation. Centralisation for control rooms means concentrating resources, technology and workers to improve collaboration and create increases in efficiencies. This is part of a broader shift towards a smart city-type environment, and the development of IoT integrated control rooms is further enabling this. In the past it’s been standard to have a control room at each facility to monitor activities and provide support purely for that location. However, now there has been a move to a model of fewer, larger or shared control rooms, which serve as a central hub for a number of facilities – be that in transportation, emergency services or corporate/building networks. This could see various emergency services or local authorities all utilising the same space and facilities, further
enhancing collaboration and saving costs. In these centralised facilities, ease of use and precise design take on even greater importance. The efficiencies saved on workforce and operations by combining different facilities could otherwise be lost if a space is not ergonomically and thoughtfully designed. The level of care given to the user experience depends on the nature of the use case. In industries where UX is mission critical, every element needs to be streamlined to make things as simple as possible for the operators. This has always been a priority in these environments, recognising the extreme pressure employees are under. An increase in the number of shared spaces also means an increase in off-site, remotely operated control rooms, for example in air traffic control towers. The rise of remote and virtual towers may, in large part, be driven by the attractive cost savings of consolidation, but it is also possible to utilise a range of new technologies, such as video sensor surveillance and optical sensors, which provide real-time images of airport
runways. While there are virtual control towers already in operation, the idea of remote control rooms has not been universally welcomed as many people are opposed to the idea of operators being off-site. There are pros and cons – while operators may be less connected to the events they are controlling this may well help rather than hinder clear thinking. Furthermore, in a sector such as control rooms, which according to the International Critical Control Rooms Alliance is generally considered behind the curve in terms of AV adoption, it is encouraging to see forward-thinking technology being deployed to raise standards and make the lives of operators easier. That being said, the control rooms sector does seem to be at something of a crossroads. Another innovation currently being discussed is the idea of emergency call operators dealing with a call with an accompanying live video stream. In a lot of ways this is the opposite of moving air traffic controllers to remote locations, as it is putting operators in the thick of things. That is the main point of contention – how will operators feel about seeing crimes and not just hearing about them? It may improve standards, but it’s hard to imagine it not taking a toll and increasing the stress and anxiety of operators. As is the case when there are a number of emerging technologies at the disposal of a sector, finding the best fit can be tricky. In a lot of ways, the control rooms sector is like every other, those working in this area grapple with the same, common issues – those of technology selection and resource allocation. The difference is the stakes are that much higher.
4K display over 200m
Clear audio for conferencing
OPTICIS Stand: 5-T90
NUREVA Stand: 11-D160
With the 4K market continuing to grow, Opticis has launched the DPFX-300-TR DisplayPort 1.2 optical extender and the HDFX-500-TR HDMI 2.0 optical extender. Both deliver 4K (4096x2160) DisplayPort and HDMI 4K signals can be extended over 200m resolution at 60Hz through a single LC multi-mode fibre (OM3) that extends up to 200m with, according to the company, no latency or modification of the video signal. Opticis says that its new products are more powerful than their predecessors and feature a more compact design. In addition to the change in size, the DPFX-300-TR and HDFX-500-TR operate through a single LC fibre. Compared with the usage of duplex fibre in the past, Opticis believes this upgrade in the technology considerably simplifies installation and also reduces the cost involved in acquiring fibre. Also on show is the IPVDS-700-ED 4K HDMI IP video wall controller, an integrated control solution that enables the playing of multiple sources of audio and video such as a PC, media player, DVD and Blu-ray on a videowall system and delivering multiple individual displays simultaneously. This, the company says, makes it ideal for videowall applications such as control rooms as well as conference rooms and presentation facilities.
On show from Nureva is the new HDL200 advanced audio-conferencing system – an intelligent microphone and speaker bar – which is designed for use in room spaces measuring up to 5.5mx5.5m. The HDL200 system will start shipping The HDL200 system features integrated microphones and speakers in March and is powered by patented Microphone Mist technology, which fills the entire meeting space with thousands of virtual microphones to provide full-room pick-up. The HDL200 measures 46.4inx4.8in with 10 front-facing microphones. It can be mounted above or below a display, on the wall (with the supplied mounting bracket) or on a mobile stand. An optional magnetic camera mount and a display mount are available. The unit has an integrated full colour display that gives in-room participants information such as time, volume and mute on/off. Future integrations with room control, building information management and room booking systems are predicted.
Unveiling the new 12G-SDI M.2 Capture card MAGEWELL ELECTRONICS Stand: 8-G475 A powerful new model in Magewell’s Eco Capture family of ultra-compact, power-efficient M.2 video capture cards is being unveiled at ISE 2020. The new Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 captures one channel of 4K video up to 4096x2160 at full 60fps over a single-link 12G-SDI interface. The latest introduction joins four existing Eco Capture configurations, including two recently announced new variants making their European debuts at the show. Intended for use in small and embedded systems where 60 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
full-sized PCIe slots are not available, the Eco Capture family complements Magewell’s flagship Pro Capture series by offering systems integrators and OEM developers a robust, low-latency capture solution with low power consumption for space-limited applications. Eco Capture devices feature a high-speed PCIe bus interface with an M.2 connector and measure just 22mmx80mm, matching the M.2 2280 size specification. The new 4K 12G-SDI model joins four existing Eco Capture M.2 configurations: a single-channel model that captures 4K video at 30fps via an HDMI interface; dualchannel models that capture HD and 2K video over HDMI
The latest Eco Capture M.2 captures one channel of 4K video at 60fps over 12G-SDI
or SDI; and a quad-channel HD/2K model with SDI inputs. All five Eco Capture products support up to eight channels of embedded audio per input. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
ExhibitorNews Delivering AI-driven video content MOBILE VIEWPOINT Stand: 15-B242 IP contribution product specialist Mobile Viewpoint is making its debut at ISE 2020, and is showcasing a range of live streaming products at the show. VPilot is an automated studio that allows customers to create live video programming without the need for production teams. It uses AI-based analysis of multiple inputs to automate the content creation and distribution process. VPilot is aimed at journalists, bloggers, radio shows, and small and large event organisers. IQ Sports Producer is a fully automated, all-inone production suite aimed specifically at the sports VPilot: creating live video programming without a production team market. It consists of a fixed position 32MP 180° camera that can cover an entire field of play, and two panoramic cameras that use AI to track player movements and bandwidth of all available IP connections. enhance coverage. IQ Sports Producer can be used to capture Michel Bais, CEO of Mobile Viewpoint, said: “Video isn’t always content and live stream games, effectively allowing sports clubs to a specialist area for those that have video assets... they’re looking become content owners in their own right. to capture and deliver video content in a way that is as easy and Also on show is a range of security products including BaseLink, affordable as possible. We are excited to be making our debut at this an in-car encoder that uses bonded fixed, WiFi, 3G and 4G mobile year’s ISE show, and showing different industries how our leading network connections to transmit live video; and DataLink: a portable solutions can easily help create and deliver video content while internet hotspot that can provide up to 200Mbps using the bonded removing the high cost and complexity.”
Launch ‘eliminates’ need for RX and TX AURORA MULTIMEDIA Stand: 5-T65
The HT Pro Series can transmit uncompressed 4K60 4:4:4 18Gbps HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 over a distance of 100m
Making their debut at ISE are what Aurora Multimedia says are the first uncompressed 4K60 4:4:4 HDBaseT transceiver wall plate and box solutions. The company claims to have eliminated the need for dedicated RX and TX units, as the product can be set to the direction required for both wall plates and box units. Aurora says this will end stock disproportions, make servicing easier, and add new capabilities as the units can reverse direction in seconds. The new HT Pro Series also has a Dante option for two or eight channels, and ARC (Audio Return Channel) has been implemented, allowing it to be fed to Dante or to the local line output – a first, Aurora claims. The HT Pro Series is capable of transmitting uncompressed 4K60 4:4:4 18Gbps HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2 a distance of 100m over a single unshielded Cat cable with no quality compromise and with zero frame latency. Another first claimed by Aurora is the implementation of bidirectional Power over HDBaseT for remote powering, allowing a user to choose which side to power from such that it will work with any HDBaseT (PoH)-compliant device.
Installers called to MAUI ADAM HALL GROUP Stand: 7-W200 LD Systems, which is part of the Adam Hall Group, has announced a reworking of its MAUI series of active column speaker systems to suit the needs of planners, integrators and end users. The latest product, the MAUI i1, is a column speaker with nine 3in full-range woofers and two 1in neodymium highfrequency drivers with integrated 2-way crossover and 120W RMS power @8 Ohms. The BEM-optimised high-frequency waveguide, which allows precise adjustment of the vertical dispersion, facilitates homogeneous dispersion in acoustically challenging environments. For integration into constant-voltage loudspeaker systems, the MAUI i1 has an input mode switch with 8 Ohms/70/100V options and a power tap selector for high impedance use with 60/30/15/7.5W taps. A dedicated U-bracket for flexible wall/ceiling mounting is included. Other products being shown by LD Systems include the ZONE X1208, a 19in hybrid DSP matrix processor with a wide range of remote-control options. Users can load a host of DSP templates to adapt to different installation requirements. In combination with the built-in event scheduler, users can create calendarspecific workflow controls and perform automated preset changes. A remote bus is included for integration with future LD Systems control panels and paging microphones. The ZONE X1208 provides 12 balanced mic/line inputs with premium grade microphone preamps and 48V phantom power selection per input, eight balanced line outputs, eight GPI and eight GPO logic ports.
Aiming for perfect alignment DRAPER Stand: 12-K70 For those tired of trying to precisely align videowall panels on uneven mounting surfaces and dealing with twisting issues, Draper’s new Mount Interface should help. Draper claims its Mount Interface for Barco UniSee is a simple, elegant and affordable system which eliminates inconsistencies in wall surfaces that are not truly flat, while universal attachment brackets simplify installation on nearly all wall construction types. The Mount Interface can be installed by one person, The Draper Mount Interface helps align video panels on uneven surfaces saving time and money, while attachment of the panels is also simple. The UniSee wall crosses mount directly to across the wall surface and eliminating the need for Unistrut. the structure. The Mount Interface for Barco UniSee accommodates any flat Square alignment bracing ensures UniSee panels are properly Barco UniSee wall configuration and is compatible with Draper’s attached, safely distributing the weight of the videowall evenly SmartTrim for UniSee. 62 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
LD Systems’ MAUI series of column speakers has been reworked to suit the needs of integrators and project planners
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ExhibitorNews Smita Hashim
Director - product management, Google Cloud
In your opinion, what is the best thing about the ISE show? This is my first year at ISE and I am very excited to be here. Since Google began exhibiting at ISE, we have increased our presence and investment in this event every year. This conference is the world’s biggest AV show and helps to set the tone for the year. We have a lot of exciting things happening in this space and it’s great to be able to show that off. Plus, I love being able to interact with customers and partners in-person at events like ISE. What do you perceive to be the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time? Though they sound like buzzwords, artificial intelligence and machine learning mean a lot to us at Google. I see in our products and others how AI and ML can completely change the way meeting experiences happen. This is particularly true when it comes to sight and sound, but also in ways we are bringing assistive technologies to work that make meetings more inclusive. Things like real-time captioning, sound optimisation and joining meetings with just your voice are really just the tip of the iceberg. Why should delegates visit your stand at ISE 2020? At our booth we are showing off the latest in scalable
Hanshin’s Smart Table can seat up to 10 people
meeting room technology for the Google ecosystem and talking about how they can help organisations create a video-first culture. We have a lot of experience in this area with over 20,000 video-enabled meeting rooms at Google. We also have a second booth this year where we will be offering professional headshots. If that’s not enough, we have smoothies, too! Everyone loves smoothies.
Stand: 15-N265, 15-N300
Talking up digital conference systems TAIDEN Stand: 3-C120 Throughout ISE, Taiden is highlighting its array of digital conference systems, including a recently completed project for the United Nations. During 2019 Taiden delivered ‘Room XIX’ for the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in Switzerland, with a 400-seat customised paperless multimedia congress system. The room build also included the installation of 650 Taiden proprietary E-ink electronic nameplates. Christy Fang, general manager of Taiden, said: “Our engineers worked closely with our Swiss partner Media The Taiden-enabled United Nations ‘Room XIX’ in Geneva Vision to accomplish such a magnificent mission. Both the designer and end users are pleased with final reveal of are interested in the solution will experience similar products Room XIX. We couldn’t be more proud of it! ISE visitors who to those applied in UNOG at the Taiden booth.”
More seating for the smart meeting HANSHIN Stand: 12-A85 A range of products on the Hanshin stand aims to provide one-stop ODM/OEM services to customers, including custom design, development and manufacturing covering interactive education, smart conference and smart retail solutions. The Interactive Education Solution aims to improve classroom atmosphere and interactivity between students and teachers, in order to enhance students’ learning ability and their motivation towards learning. Products include an interactive whiteboard, a multitouch panel, a voting system, a document camera and a projector, among other audiovisual components. To simplify and streamline technology in meeting rooms, Hanshin is launching an all-in-one Smart Meeting Table, including full cord management, video and audio conference equipment and touchpanel displays, which support wireless sharing. The Smart Table can provide seating for up to 10 people. The Smart Retail Solution aims to bring the O2O (online to offline) concept to market, in order to increase marketing opportunities and reduce business operation cost for customers. Products include a vending machine with a 125cm LED touchscreen, alongside a range of different kiosks, depending on customer needs.
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ExhibitorNews Clear and configurable approach to comms HUMANTECHNIK / AUDIOROPA Stand: 7-X196 Debuting at ISE 2020 is the xepton-NX digital radio transmission system from Humantechnik/AUDIOropa, which offers flexibility of configuration to suit a wide range of moderation and communication applications. High quality and extensive transmission range are among the cited features of xepton-NX, which is said to be suitable for applications ranging from unidirectional tour guide and interpreter applications to professional dialogue and intercom environments. Delivering what Humantechnik/AUDIOropa describes as rich and lively transmission of sound and speech, the
system comprises a transmitter, two receiver types, a beltpack and stethoscope receiver, as well as a transceiver unit for portable dialogue applications. A stationary transmitter is also available. The company notes that the pocket receivers enable the connection of all commercially available headphones and earphones, while it is also possible to connect an inductive neck loop. The latter allows transmission directly to hearing aids or cochlear implant systems that are equipped with a T-coil. The menu of the devices, which can be called up via the display, is controlled with the use of three buttons. Both application types – unidirectional and bidirectional – allow simultaneous communication in different groups.
Fully flexible: different components of the xepton-NX digital radio transmission system can be combined to suit different applications
Ready for ingest and storage
Module makes short work of AVoIP
BLUEFISH444 Stand: 15-T290
MACNICA TECHNOLOGY Stand: 15-C370
Video card provider Bluefish444 has introduced the 4- and 8-channel IngeSTore Server video recording appliance at ISE. It can support multiple video interfaces, including SDI, HDMI, NDI, RTP/RTSP and SMPTE video-over-IP standards. The appliance allows users to record multiple simultaneous channels and encode to a host of production, archival and streaming formats, create proxies and use Adobe or IngeSTore Server supports multiple video interfaces Avid NLEs to live edit the files while recordings are underway. The IngeSTore Server can be connected to network storage where files can be recorded and shared for collaboration before being broadcast, streamed or archived. The product can also record directly to local storage.
Live video transport specialist Macnica Technology is showcasing the MPA1000, a fullstack AV-over-IP module designed to bring lowlatency IP video transport to OEM manufacturers and a range of professional AV products. The MPA1000 transports compressed UHD 60p 4:4:4 video, audio and control over a standard Gigabit Ethernet connection. The module The MPA1000 module is designed to offer low-latency IP video transport is field-configurable to transmit or receive signals; once connected to the network, the media traffic is discoverable through the included NMOS IS-04/05 services – an open standard for publishing and discovery of content streams. Starting with SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS-04/05, the standard for high-performance AV-over-IP in broadcast, Macnica has created an extended profile that includes support for TICO-XS compression and other pro AV capabilities.
Praesensa networked for PA and VA BOSCH Stand: 2-A90, 2-B70, 2-B80 The new ‘state-of-the-art’ public address and voice alarm system from Bosch – Praesensa – is on display at the company’s stand. According to the company, all components of the system are networked, ensuring the highest flexibility and scalability from small centralised to large decentralised systems. The Bosch Omneo IP architecture supports Dante audio networking, AES67 and AES70. The multichannel amplifier architecture with intelligent power allocation across the amplifier outputs and integrated spare channel improves the effective utilisation of available power, regardless of the loudspeaker load in each zone. As a result, fewer amplifiers are needed, saving up to 50% on space, energy and back-up battery power and leading to a very competitive cost of ownership, claims the company. According to Bosch, Praesensa offers special features for the highest level of data security and full network link redundancy with smart integration of functions and back-up facilities. No single point of failure is core to the system concept and only a few different devices are needed to fulfil all system and user needs. 64 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
Listen up: Praesensa is fully networked, ensuring flexibility and scalability
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ExhibitorNews Low latency wireless UHD launch NIMBUS Stand: 14-E120
Clarté speakers feature three 5.25in carbon fibre cone woofers and four 2in ultra-fast ribbon tweeters
New speakers allow flexibility EARTHQUAKE SOUND Stand: 5-R81 The Cinénova Clarté on-wall and in-wall LCR – the latest additions to the Cinénova family are being demonstrated by Earthquake Sound on its ISE stand. The Clarté was designed to be mounted horizontally or vertically, allowing it to be positioned for left, right and centre channels. This, the company says, offers plenty of flexibility whether they are being installed for new or pre-existing home audio set-ups. Both the on-wall and in-wall Clarté speakers feature a combination of three 5.25in carbon fibre cone woofers and four 2in ultra-fast ribbon tweeters. The combination, according to Earthquake, delivers distortion-free bass and remarkable sound quality with pinpoint accuracy. Power handling is 600W maximum, while frequency response is 40Hz – 20kHz. Coverage angles are 122° in both the vertical and horizontal planes. The speakers are said to feature a sonically neutral cabinet design. The in-wall version includes a magnetically attached grille and a Turn-N-Lock mechanism.
WiMi8500 is a wireless UHD system, based on HEVC/H.265 encoding and decoding, that has been launched on the Nimbus stand at ISE this week. It offers just 50ms end-to-end latency, prompting the company to claim it as “the world’s fastest HEVC/H.265 encoding/ decoding system with 60fps for 3840x2160 UHD resolutions”. It can support single 12G-SDI, dual 6G-SDI or quad 3G-SDI video interfaces for UHD video/audio input or output. It has a maximum coverage of 1.5km at line of sight, with an encoding rate of 12Mbps for UHD video. Unlike uncompressed wireless video transmission, the WiMi8500 IP-based system enables wireless streaming of the encoded The WiMi8500 is claimed to offer the world’s fastest HEVC/H.265 encoding/ decoding system video/audio to the handheld device or PC over the internet. The WiMi8500T transmitter, meanwhile, is able to be configured to send to pre-installed commercial wireless access points, so that the video can be sent directly on to the recipient anywhere in the world.
AI for the classroom CYBERNETYX Stand: 5-U37
Galileo One is an AI-powered interactive device for learning spaces such as schools
Claimed to be the world’s first AI-powered interactive device for learning spaces such as schools, Cybernetyx is demonstrating Galileo One at ISE. Its AI-enabled camera unit allows Galileo One to convert a standard (32in to 75in) TV/LED display into an interactive digital whiteboard by simply clipping it on top of the display. The company says that it delivers a pen and paper-like writing experience and, with built-in screen casting, Galileo One enables teachers to share and present wirelessly from any smartphone, tablet or laptop. Galileo One comes bundled with an instructional whiteboard app and provides built-in STEM tools, providing free access to extensive AI-indexed content and educational resources. With a second built-in AI-powered front-facing camera, Galileo One can analyse student behaviour by reading facial expressions and collecting thousands of data points per student per hour along with minute-by-minute attendance. Galileo also has a beamforming microphone array to ensure that it can function as a personal voice assistant for teachers in the classroom.
Four lenses good ROE VISUAL Stand: 12-F80 Reflecting the importance of this year’s product releases, Roe Visual’s stand focuses on new products Ruby and Black Quartz. As a successor to Black Onyx, Ruby is a new generation of LED panels equipped with features that are said to be beneficial from build to performance. Each four-in-one LED has four individual lenses instead of one large one, resulting in what the company describes as “remarkable LED performance, reduced glare and perfect on-camera performance”. The absence of any mask enables a wide viewing angle and, according to the company, they “give an excellent visual performance for both direct viewing and on-camera visuals”. Common cathode technology significantly reduces panel temperature, resulting in efficient heat dissipation, reduced colour differences and higher brightness. To make installation easier, Ruby incorporates automatic edge-protection on each panel corner, reducing pixel damage, while magnet-assisted assembly and vertically operated side locks with Z-axis correction make assembly quick, accurate and easy. Also on the stand are the new Black Quartz all-in-one LED solution; fixed installation products Amber, Jasper and Sapphire; and the Black Marble LED floor. 66 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
Ruby LEDs feature four lenses for better performance and reduced glare
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AVIXA FlashTracks FlashTracks are free 20-minute education sessions held on stand 13-N110 near Entrance C of the RAI. FlashTrack education is designed for AV professionals of all experience levels and will focus on key topics and trends in the industry. You must be an AVIXA Member to attend these free sessions. You can sign up for basic membership at avixa.org; alternatively AVIXA staff will be on hand to help you sign up on the stand.
11:00 Chuck’s Tool Kit: Things you need for proper needs analysis speaker: Chuck Espinoza, AVIXA In this session, we’ll look at some of the equipment and procedures that you will need to properly analyse an environment for a successful AV needs analysis and design.
11:30 Going Global with an Enterprise Collaboration Strategy speaker: Byron Tarry, The Global Presence Alliance An effective technology strategy has become a critical priority in order to compete and maintain market advantages in today’s global economy. In an evolving and maturing market there’s as much pain as there is opportunity, be that for customers or suppliers. The reality is users want more than the tools and approach we have offered them to date and that means we need to take a different approach. From the ways customers architect their engagement with partners to support their collaboration goals, to the operational structures and workflows created, to the ways we measure success and improve. The reality is the technology is becoming simpler for the majority of rooms, it is concepts such as scalability, standardisation, simplification and speed that are the priority. This presentation will focus on lessons learned, best practices and key concepts in architecting and operationalising such a global strategy
12:00 AI is Improving the UC Experience speaker: Holger Stoltze, Yamaha Unified Communications When most people think of artificial intelligence (AI), they probably imagine robots taking over the world. While that kind of sci-fi future is not only exciting to watch on the big screen, it’s already improving our professional and personal lives in many (non-scary) ways. In the world of unified communications (UC), humans have programmed AI to automate tasks in real time, so that teams stay focused on the conversation. AI technologies are featured in UC applications and devices, in meeting management applications and virtual assistants. Improvements are being made every day, continuing to transform our conferencing experience. In this session we will cover the improvements made using AI technology, as well as ideas of how implementing technology using AI can improve the UC experience of the end user.
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12:30 IT Over AV: A new framework speaker: Gareth Heywood, SDVoE Alliance/ Semtech Join us in separating myth from reality when it comes to AV over IP. We’ll investigate the three main approaches to AV over IP and see how each one of them can (or cannot) map onto traditional IT infrastructure. Then, we will consider a new framework for thinking about AV/ IT convergence: building out new IT infrastructure with AV systems in mind, and using that new network to expand the reach of traditional IT services.
13:00 Twenty-Minute Tech Manager School: Developing a skills matrix – how to develop, what it looks like, how it’s helpful speaker: Chuck Espinoza, AVIXA In this session, we’ll explore techniques that will help you gauge your team’s current effectiveness, and develop a training plan to fill in the needed skill that will make your AV team more efficient and effective.
14:00 AV Over IP Will Break Your Network speaker: Matt Dodd, Clavis Group “1G AV over IP is free, because you already have a 1G network.” This is a common misconception that gets a lot of airtime from manufacturers with AV over IP products limited to 1G. But, did you know that standard IT networks are architected in such a way that they are not compatible with AV over IP? In this talk we will explain how IT networks are traditionally built, and why they are built that way. We will show why this approach is incompatible with AV over IP, as well as explain the changes that need to be made to accommodate AV on an IT network.
14:30 Software Driven AV Functionality on a Single Device – AV platforms speaker: Neta Lempert, Kramer Electronics With the increasing computing power of AV and other appliances, a multiple array of options are available to deliver more AV functionalities on a single device. Multifunction on a single device can cover, for example, audio and videoconferencing, wireless collaboration,
AVIXA FlashTracks are organised into four tracks. Use the key below to help you identify the sessions most relevant to you.
control, AV over IP, digital signage and more, all running on a single device. It provides an easy upgrade path to customers and simple installation for the integrators. Scalability and endless functionalities with remote management and upgrades make this emerging approach a reality in the AV industry. Whether this is a wireless presentation, mini-PC, a tablet, or a smart TV panel, we are surrounded with computing power that can carry multiple AV functionalities, activated as software-licensed to the user. Therefore, customers can, at any given time, add any available functionalities to upgrade their AV experience without needing to remove older devices or installing new hardware. In this FlashTrack session, we will be reviewing various types of AV functionalities and their platforms, challenges for installers, and tools to manage successful multidevice installations.
15:00 AV-Standards speaker: Ann Brigida, AVIXA Using standards in your projects has many benefits, as you will hear from people who have used them to successfully increase efficiency, enhance the user experience, improve their relationships with their clients and gain business. AVIXA has developed AV standards that raise the bar for the entire industry. Real world use of standards will be presented.
15:30 Twenty-Minute NAVS School: How to VLAN for love speaker: Marcus Yarborough, AVIXA
16:00 8K and 4K Video Transmission Challenges and Solutions speaker: Xiaozheng Lu, Luxi Electronics Corp Before we have fully implemented 4K systems, 8K is coming. Both pose great challenges to manufacturers and integrators. According to Lu’s Laws, IC chips for 8K will generate 16 times the heat of ICs for 1080p; the max lengths of 8K cables will be 16 times shorter than 1080p cables. These are what make 8K hardware very expensive, and 8K cables dramatically different from the existing ones. Do we really need 8K? When we do, do we really need to send 64Gbps data? This session will discuss all 8K and 4K video basics, challenges and solutions. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
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CEDIA Sessions CEDIA is hosting an extensive training programme at ISE, powered by KNX, for technology professionals working with integrated systems across multiple residential and business applications. CEDIA is offering quick and simple admission to its Professional Development Programme thanks to its All Access Training Pass, priced at €325 for Members (€400 for non-members). This includes CEDIA education sessions during the show (excludes Cybersecurity Workshop, Design & Build Conference and CEDIA Certifications). Alternatively, individual courses can be booked on an a la carte basis for those with more limited time. Ninety-minute sessions are €89 (€119) and half-day sessions are €155 (€220).
09:30-11:00 • Room D202 Lighting Scenes: The user experience behind the technology
11:30-13:00 • Room D301 The Rising Tide of Mass Sensorization
speaker: Andy Bull, MDU Lighting
speaker: Christiaan Beukes, Sphere Custom Design & Installation CC
Learn how to deliver a preprogrammed lighting control system to your customer before they move in.
09:30-11:00 • Room D301 How to Design AVoIP Networks speaker: Laurent Masia, NETGEAR This class will help you to compare and contrast an Ethernet network against the traditional matrix.
09:30-11:00 • Room D302 Managing and Mitigating Risk in the Estimating Process speaker: Leslie Shiner, The ShinerGroup This session will equip you with the tools needed to manage risk by teaching you how to assess, measure and mitigate risk.
09:30-11:00 • Room D201 Future Technologies: The Silicon Valley scoop speaker: Rich Green, Rich Green Design Learn about dozens of new technologies that are emerging from the secret labs of Silicon Valley.
11:30-13:00 • Room D201 AV Design & Documentation speaker: Keith Jones, designflow The course will help attendees understand the design process and how this fits into the bigger picture of the project process.
11:30-13:00 • Room D202 Beyond 4K Video Distribution speaker: Matt Murray, AVPro Global The course will cover dissecting the HDMI signal looking at the actual wavelengths and what integrators can do to deliver the most optimised picture. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
Take a deep dive into our daily interactions with ‘harmless’ technology, and the subtle yet smart subversion of our perception, and how to leverage this to leave customers more enriched and engaged.
11:30-13:00 • Room D302 Integrating AV with KNX speaker: Mark Warburton, Ivory Egg Working with an AV control system and need to interface with KNX? Find out how in this 90-minute course.
14:00-15:30 • Room D202 Stop Selling Products, Make More Profit! speaker: Hugo Fitzjohn, Meridian Audio Discover how you can leverage emotional engagement and refocus how to approach selling potentially complex systems.
14:00-15:30 • Room D301 Change in the Workplace: Let’s do better speaker: Samantha Ventura, CEDIA This course delves into the struggles leaders face when trying to implement change into their businesses.
14:00-15:30 • Room D201 Owning the Yard speaker: Jason Hill, GJD Manufacturing Discover how to design reliable external detection systems that create trusted notifications and automated deterrents.
14:00-17:00 • Room D302 Planning For a Business Disaster
CEDIA Sessions at ISE are organised into three tracks: Business Success, Emerging Trends and Technical Excellence. To help you choose your sessions, use the key below to identify the topics most of interest to you. Business Success
speakers: Geoff Meads, Presto AV; Simon Buddle, CEDIA You wake up to find your office has burned to the ground. You’re hacked and lose all your files. Would your business survive? The answers to these scenarios and more are right here!
16:00-17:30 • Room D202 AV over IP Methods, Formats and System Design speaker: David Meyer, CEDIA Discover why distributing video over an IP network is quickly gaining preference over matrix or splitter-based systems.
16:00-17:30 • Room D201 The Future of Immersive Audio – Panel Session speaker: Peter Aylett, Archimedia This panel session will discuss where the immersive audio landscape sits today, and where we are going in the future.
CEDIA Talks CEDIA Talks are 20-minute sessions presented by industry thought leaders on the CEDIA stand (1-E20) and are free to attend with no registration necessary
11:00 Planned Obsolescence speaker: Peter Aylett This talk will look at how an evercompressing technology adoption cycle now forces us to accept that the systems we deliver are not static, but must be platforms designed to change and evolve as customer needs and technology innovation requires.
15:30 Selling to Baby Boomers speaker: Michael Heiss
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Exhibitor Training Sessions AED Audio • Room E001
Control4 • Room G105
AED Audio Demo AED Audio is a premium worldwide audio brand that was founded and created by AED group. AED stands for Acoustic and Electronic Development and started back in the early 1980s with the development of its own speakers. In the beginning, components of several brands were used to build up the AED speaker range. Today, AED is coming back to its legacy with a brand new product range that is inspired and developed with the experience and knowledge of audio professionals. AED Audio is 100% owned by AED group.
ATEN • Room G110 10:00-12:45
Advanced HDBaseT Certification Error 404: Cable clutter not found. Discover the five superpowers of HDBaseT! Join this ATEN training and become an HDBaseT-certified expert. This modern day answer to cable clutter combines five cables into one and solves any connection issue that you might have.
Barco • Room E107/D502/D503/D504 09:30-18:00 (E107)
Residential Barco Residential brings innovative visual experiences to all areas of the finest residences, combining technology leadership with architecture and interior design. Be inspired by some of these application-based solutions, built by custom integration partners, using our established components and processes to create a fully integrated solution that perfectly complements your residence.
Nobody does Laser Projection Better than Barco Drop by whisper suite D503 and join us in comparing projection through RGB lightsource and laser phospor lightsource or 4K Native and 4K UHD. We will also introduce how you can start to manage your fleet of assets in the cloud.
11:00-11:15, 15:00-15:15 (D502)
LED Talks Join us in whisper suite D502 and dive deep into the LED display solution and see how it actually works on-site.
12:00-12:45, 14:00-14:45, 16:00-16:45 (D504)
Event Master | ImagePROcessing Experience live demo sessions of the latest additions to the Event Master E2/S3/Ex solution for image composition and screen management. New multioperator functionalities, the latest video quality (HDR) and new possibilities to further improve your ROI. Registration required! Please contact jasleen.bagga@ barco.com in order to register.
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d&b audiotechnik • Room E105/E106 10:00-10:40, 12:00-12:40, 14:00-14:40, 16:00-16:40
d&b Soundscapes. Tech, art and beyond
Draper Europe & Draper Group • Room F001 09:00-18:00
Open Meetings and Product Demonstrations Open meetings with Draper Europe and Draper Group personnel. New products and projection screen demonstrations.
KNX • Room D302 11:30-13:00
Integrating AV with KNX Working with an AV control system and need to interface with KNX? Find out how in this 90-minute course with KNX-certified tutor Mark Warburton. All key AV control systems work with the KNX standard, but each in their own way. This session will teach you how to best integrate AMX, Control4, Crestron, RTI and Savant by covering the key steps and information needed to ensure the systems work harmoniously together. The course will cover KNX topology and interface types, and it will discuss how to select the right interface type for key AV control systems, and how to recall the required information for the successful integration of AV and KNX systems. Note: This is a CEDIA training session and a fee is payable (see page 69).
L-Acoustics • Room E103 10:00-10:45, 12:00-12:45, 14:00-14:45
A Series and Autosolvers Demo The A Series presentation takes the audience through the genesis of the product, highlighting the core benefits of a constant curvature line source system fitted with Panflex. Audience will have the opportunity to listen to A10, A15 and a combination of A10 or A15 with KS21. The second chapter of this presentation will cover briefly the Autosolvers, a set of sotware tools that improves and accelerates system design and implementation. The prensentation ends with an introduction of M1, L-Acosutics measurement system embedded within LA Network Manager that truly saves time and effort during the system calibration process.
Martin Audio • Room E104 11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00, 17:00-18:00 Loudspeaker Demo
A comprehensive demonstration of Martin Audio’s best-selling products, including ADORN, BlacklineX, CDD Series, O-Line, WPS and SXC118, as well as the premiere of new product offerings for the installation market.
Panduit/Atlona • Room F005 11:00-12:30
Unified Communications 101 This is a joint Panduit-Atlona presentation describing the integration of networking systems, communication services and applications such as videoconferencing and desktop/data sharing that provide a consistent unified user interface and experience across multiple devices and media types. Learn how traditional cabling from VoIP to AV over IP continues to support challenging applications. Join us for this 90-minute session as we break down the infrastructure and AV integration required for successful unified communication applications.
Disrupting the Control Market Disruptive innovation creates a new market and value proposition while displacing established marketleading technologies. This session will discuss; integrated applications over Velocity as the core management platform in supporting workspace interactions over AV; including lighting systems, complementary collaboration systems, BAS, etc. Join us for this 60-minute look into Velocity, Atlona’s innovative IP-based AV control platform that brings together a unique set of capabilities resulting in easy system scalability and low cost of ownership.
The All-IP Meeting Space IP networks are the future for AV systems integration, bringing virtually unrestricted scalability and flexibility for AV distribution. Modularity is mandatory in supporting this operational strategy. Is your network flexible? Are you able to quickly identify, then rapidly act and reconfigure systems? Do you have a selfguiding, colour-coded cabling system that helps identify individual runs? Finally, are you considering a green AV system as an environmental, sustainable asset? Implementing an AV network that supports LEED parameters is the first step. Join us for this 60-minute session as we first discuss IP network considerations, and then demonstrate how the Atlona All-IP Meeting Space dramatically simplifies AV system designs for any small or large meeting room, saving you and your customers time and cost.
Void Acoustics • Room E108 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00, 14:00-15:00, 16:00-17:00
Audio Demonstration Audio demonstrations including products from the Venu, Cyclone, Air and Arcline series.
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ExhibitorNews Power of rod for straight up messaging ALLSEE TECHNOLOGIES Stand: 8-C160
The DragonFly is said to be half the size and weight of similar products
DragonFly PA system flies light TECHNOMAD Stand: 5-W120 On show at ISE is the DragonFly, a weatherproof portable PA system, which Technomad claims is half the size (less than one cubic foot/0.027m3) and weight (11kg) of popular commercial-grade systems. It can, says the company, be easily transported and set up by one person. A moulded-in stand-mount socket on the bottom of the unit and inserts on the sides for yoke mounting give the DragonFly a range of deployment options. The DragonFly delivers 122dB SPL continuous output and has a wireless microphone built in. A mixer with microphone and four line level inputs enable the connection of a phone or other audio source. It supports fast charging with a lightweight LiFePo battery pack, and a switchable ducking circuit automatically turns down music when a wireless or wired mic is used. Capable of driving a second auxiliary loudspeaker, the DragonFly features a full-range neodymium coaxial transducer and an expansion slot for a Schedulon MP3 player/recorder, CD player, second wireless microphone or audio distribution module.
Dedicated digital signage manufacturer Allsee Technologies is officially launching its 15in rod-powered window displays at ISE 2020. Having exhibited the prototype version of its Digital Rod Displays at last year’s ISE – for which it received the Best Digital Signage Accessory award from rAVe Publications – Allsee is now in a position to fully release the product to its partners. The displays use low-voltage technology – similar to traditional rod-powered static light pockets usually found in estate agent window displays – to supply power to the screens. They also feature a high-brightness 1,000cd/sqm panel so they can be read in direct sunlight. The built-in Android media player can be updated via USB, by using an online CMS or third-party software. Synchronised content can be used across single or multiple displays Content can be synchronised across multiple screens in the same window display allowing for different imagery to be played and transitioned in unison or No mains cable is required to power the displays as they as a single large image or video. The displays also have an are powered via the rods on which they are mounted. LED-illuminated bevelled edge complementing traditional The 15in Digital Rod Displays are available for static light pockets. immediate dispatch.
Making sure every vote counts CHANGSHA SUNVOTE Stand: 15-B105 Electronic voting system (EVS) provider Changsha SunVote is showing how its products can help support the voting process in local elections. The Chinese manufacturer’s EVS supports electronic sign-in and helps accelerate the process of collecting and counting votes, among other aspects. Security is, of course, key to avoid vote tampering and the system is supported by a closed wireless communication and AES encryption. The SunVote electronic voting machine is offered as an alternative to the paper-based ballot process to allow people to cast votes in electronic form. It supports elections with up to 50 candidates. The company also provides audience response systems.
Electronic voting systems can support local councils, elections and more
Recognising people with human vision OMRON ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS Stand: 8-G353 Demonstrating its second-generation body detection, face detection and facial recognition platform, the Omron team is on hand at ISE 2020 to discuss the sensor’s features and applications in digital signage, home and office automation, and security. With an integrated camera and image processing board, the Omron Human Vision Component HVC-P2 offers 10 times the recognition speed of its predecessor. The HVC-P2 is a development of the Omron OKAO Vision Software, which is already being used globally in digital cameras, mobile phones and surveillance robots. It features 10 image-sensing functions including body detection, face recognition, hand detection, age estimation, gender estimation and expression estimation. The software can recognise a face up to 3m away and the module can also detect a human body up to 17m away or a hand at 6m. The 2JCE Environmental Sensor is also being demonstrated on stand. This sensor can monitor temperature, humidity, light, UV, barometric pressure, noise, seismic and air quality (VOC gas). This data can be accumulated for approximately three months and can be connected to multiple devices via Bluetooth 5.0. 72 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
Sensing functions include body detection, face recognition, hand detection, age estimation, gender estimation and expression estimation
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Editors and Contributors JO RUDDOCK has been writing about the AV industry for more than a decade, including eight years as managing editor of Installation and PSNEurope. She is currently group editor, AV at Future, working across AV Technology Europe and Installation. Jo has been involved in the production of the ISE Daily since 2010 and has experience on a number of other daily newspapers, including the IBC Daily, the AES Daily and the BVE Daily. DUNCAN PROCTOR has been part of the editorial team at Installation for more than five years, and as editor for the last 18 months. He has been on the ISE Daily digital team for four years, and has also previously worked on the IBC Daily. JAMES MCKEOWN has been a B2B editor and journalist in media and technology sectors for more than 15 years, and is currently group content director for Future plc’s UK B2B division. He has overseen the ISE Daily’s production since 2017, and has also served as editorial director of the IBC Daily and BVE Daily, and as editor-in-chief of broadcast title, TVBEurope. MICHAEL BURNS is a writer and editor who has been working in the design, broadcast, film and interactive sectors for over 20 years. His work can regularly be found in both print and online publications, as well as in book form. He takes on various roles as a producer of both digital content and events, and as a copywriter for digital agencies and major corporations. ANN-MARIE CORVIN is a London-based freelance journalist and editor with more than 20 years of experience producing B2B content predominantly for technology and entertainment titles. She has held senior positions at Broadcast magazine, Architects’ Journal and Televisual; cut her teeth reporting for Media Week and is now a regular contributor to TVBEurope, Broadcast TECH, FEED and IBC 365. She is a trade show regular, covering for dailies during the IBC show and the Cannes Film Festival. DAVID DAVIES has been a freelance journalist and editor specialising in broadcast, AV and music technology for two decades. He is a regular contributor to publications and websites including IBC 365, SVG Europe, Installation, PSNEurope, Resolution and FEED, and has also written white papers and case studies for some of the industry’s leading innovators. He has also been a frequent member of the show daily teams at both ISE and IBC. STEVE FAIRCLOUGH is a freelance editorial consultant who has covered the worlds of photography, filmmaking, imaging technology, thought leadership and audio in print, via films and online for over 30 years. He is the former editor of What Camera?, Amateur Photographer and Hi-Fi News magazines and is the former editor-in-chief of the pro imaging website Canon Professional Network (CPN). He has reported live from many of the world’s major technology shows, including ISE, Photokina, CES and IBC. MICHAEL GARWOOD is an experienced B2B technology journalist and editor. With a career spanning more than 15 years, Michael has a background in some of the world’s leading industries, including telecoms, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and AV. He was also launch 74 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
editor of AV Technology Europe. Michael is content director at Bees Buzz AV Public Relations DANIEL GUMBLE is the editor of PSNEurope, with almost 10 years’ experience as an audio and music journalist. Previous titles include Music Week, Audio Pro International and MI Pro. ELLIOT HERMAN is a journalist, editor and PR agent, who has focused on lighting, sound and AV technology since 2005. After a short stint as a paramedic in London, he moved to Berlin in 2012, where, in addition to writing, he now also works as a relocation agent for sorted.berlin, helping people move to the city so they can enjoy it as much as he does. He has a cat called Albee, and a tattoo of a pet rat on his shoulder. ROB LANE has been writing about AV (pro and consumer) for 25 years, and edited a number of well known CE magazines through the ’90s and ’00s – as well as publishing his own CI trade title, launched in time for the very first ISE. He started his own PR and marketing support agency in 2009, and continues to run it alongside his numerous writing gigs for leading B2B publications in the UK and US, including AV Magazine, Installation, SCN, AV Technology and Residential Systems. ISE 2020 marks Rob’s third stint as a Best in Show Judge, alongside his work for the Daily. Covering broadcast, film and professional audio and video technology for more than 25 years as founder and editor of several leading publications in Portuguese and Spanish languages, since 2013 JOAO MARTINS is the editor-in-chief of the US-based audioXpress, a magazine and website dedicated to audio electronics, audio product development and design, and international editor for Voice Coil, a periodical for the loudspeaker industry. IAN MCMURRAY started his 45-year career in the technology industry back when 4K wasn’t the latest TV resolution – it was as much memory as you needed to write a complete, integrated accounting system for a computer. He’s held a variety of European and worldwide marketing management positions – including for TI’s DLP technology – and has been a freelance writer for the past 15 years, writing extensively for Installation, AV Technology Europe and The ISE Daily. ANNE MORRIS is a freelance journalist and translator. She has been covering the telecoms market for over 20 years, and has worked for various publications including Total Telecom, Light Reading, Mobile World Live, FierceWireless and SDxCentral. In recent years she has extended her remit to the broadcast industry, covering events such as IBC and ISE and writing for FEED Magazine. LAURA VALLIS is a freelance marketer, copywriter and communications professional with over 15 years experience in the AV and broadcast technology industry. Laura brings her understanding of B2B tech to create informative content for marketing literature and PR. In addition, Laura creates and project manages marketing strategies and social media toolkits for leading AV and broadcast companies. Her work appears across a variety of technology websites, magazines, blogs and trade publications.
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ExhibitorNews Cards and controls for videowalls
The D-Series shown with a four-screen videowall
MATROX Stand: 11-D120, 11-F110 The recently announced D-Series of multi-monitor graphics cards, which are capable of driving up to four 4Kp60 displays, are on show from Matrox. The D-Series quad-monitor PCI Express x16 boards are capable of powering videowalls in commercial and critical 24/7 environments, as well as a wide range of professional videowall applications. The D-Series works with Matrox’s complete videowall portfolio. For example, it’s possible to pair the D-Series with Matrox Mura IPX capture cards for multichannel 4K capture and IP encode and decode capabilities, or combine D-Series with Matrox QuadHead2Go multimonitor controllers to power up to 64 1920x1080p60 displays. Matrox is also showing its latest HDMI multi-monitor controller options for its QuadHead2Go range. Available in appliance and PCI Express card form factors, the QuadHead2Go units are purpose-built to drive four displays from a single source, offering a path to digital signage-based videowalls. The multi-monitor controllers feature a modular architecture that provides complete videowall scalability and flexibility by powering videowalls of any type and size. OEMs, system integrators and AV installers can use the included Matrox PowerWall software to configure the latest artistic, emerging or large-scale videowalls.
Live sound from an install package ELECTRO-VOICE Stand: 2-B80 The X-Line Advance family from Electro-Voice, which is being shown on the Bosch stand, has been extremely successful in the live sound market over the past few years, according to its manufacturer. Now it arrives in the installed sound market with the launch of the X-Line Advance Install loudspeakers. Electro-Voice claims it is offering consultants, integrators and installers big sound, precise coverage and proven reliability in an elegant and easy-to-use package. These new models incorporate the same EVengineered transducers, crossovers and patented waveguide components that have made the X-Line Advance family so popular for live sound applications. The X-Line Advance Install family consists of X2i-212 and X1i-212 12in two-way line array elements, which are available with 90° and 120° horizontal coverage patterns. According to Electro-Voice, these compact and highly efficient two-way designs outperform many larger and heavier three-way systems, providing high SPL capability, extended high-frequency response and linear low-frequency extension. In addition to this, install-friendly features include the black or white colour options, as well either indoor or IP55 fibreglass versions.
The CV380-CS compact 4K POV camera sports an 8.5MP, 0.25in sensor
MARSHALL ELECTRONICS Stand: 11-D150 Five of the latest POV and PTZ cameras from Marshall Electronics are on show throughout ISE 2020. This includes the CV380-CS compact 4K camera, which uses an 8.5MP, 0.25in sensor to capture video images, and outputs in 6G/3G/HD-SDI and HDMI 1.4. The CV380-CS is designed for any POV camera application where a small, miniature camera can fit in to deliver unique viewpoints. It offers 4K (4096x2160), UHD (3840x2160p), Progressive HD (1080p and 720p) and Interlaced HD (1080i) at differing frame rates. The CV630-IP PTZ camera is equipped with a
C’mon suppress the noise CEDAR AUDIO Stand: 10-N156 The DNS 8D is the most advanced dialogue noise suppression unit so far developed by Cedar Audio, and it is being demoed at ISE. The DNS 8D is designed for the broadcast and live sound markets. It incorporates Dante, ‘seamless’ audio noise suppression over IP, eight channels, near-zero latency and an intuitive user interface, according to the company.
Cedar Audio says that the DNS 8D offers a considerable performance upgrade from its predecessors, hosting a new algorithm that marries the best of the machine learning and signal processing on which the company’s DNS 8 Live and DNS 2 dialogue noise suppressors are based. A live DNS 8D set-up at the Cedar Audio stand in Hall 10 allows visitors to listen to how the unit helps noise to disappear. The company’s sales director, Clive Osborn, said: “We are excited to be exhibiting at ISE 2020 and are eager to introduce visitors to our new integrated system.”
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0.24in image sensor, delivering 4K UHD output at 30fps and 1080p output at 60fps. With 30x optical zoom, the camera supports live broadcasting with H.264 or H.265 format, and features outputs for Ethernet, HDMI, 3G-SDI and USB 3.0, to make it compatible with a wide array of systems. Marshall is also showing two 8.5MP IP cameras with 30x optical zooms and triplestream H.265/H.264/MJPEG capabilities. The CV420-30X-IP delivers up to UHD (3840x2160p) resolution at 60fps through simultaneous HDMI and IP streams, while the CV355-30X-IP delivers up to HD (1920x1080p) resolution at 60fps through 3G/HD-SDI (BNC), IP and HDMI. Finally, the CV506 HD miniature camera offers simultaneous 3G-SDI and HDMI options and is an upgrade of Marshall’s CV505. It has a 30% larger sensor for better picture, colour depth and low light performance, along with an improved housing design.
Getting loopy with messaging ALMOTECH Stand: 12-C105 Irish company Almotech is launching the Almovid content creation and management system app, which is custom configurable to suit any business to create message loops for use on digital screens. It can cater for video media in any file format. A choice of text and colour schemes can be locked to personalised branding and pre-created templates allow each loop to be animated and previewed before they are sent to the screens. Using the Almovid scheduler, the content may be sent to individual or multiple screens via standard internet. The content can be scheduled and can handle multiple content loops in a schedule at once.
The DNS 8D offers a considerable performance upgrade from its predecessors
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ProductShowcase URC introduces system integration for BSH coffee machines with Home Connect HOME CONNECT Stand: 1-N15 URC, a global leader in smart automation and control systems for residential and commercial applications, seamlessly integrates Home Connect appliances with its Total Control 2.0 system. End users can enjoy automated morning routines -- for example their coffee, brewed to their satisfaction by Home Connect appliances, can be ready upon their wake-up alarm going off thanks to seamless integration of URC’s smart automation technology with Home Connect. Compatible with a growing list of Home Connect enabled Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Gaggenau and Thermador brand models.
Net Chaser provides costeffective network speed certification PLATINUM TOOLS Stand: 14-K165
Platinum’s Net Chaser is an advanced network and Ethernet speed certification tester that works at up to 1Gb/s speeds. The unit performs advanced Bit Error Rate testing, speed-certify networks to the IEEE 802.3 standard, includes extensive network discovery, and testing for PoE, as well as providing complete report exporting.
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AOTO Stand: 12-C100
POLY Stand: 5-U40, 9-B175
The AOTO CLD series is a new Mini LED, characterised by smaller LED chips, more robust LED panels, greater air tightness and a better optical design. Currently, AOTO Mini LED owns over 30 patents worldwide. The company has already developed four types of Mini LED products that feature a different pixel pitch, including 1.5mm, 1.2mm, 0.9mm, and 0.78mm, all of them have achieved mass production and meet different customer needs.
A new purpose-built, all-in-one video bars that simplify the video conferencing experience. Poly Studio X30 is ideal for small office spaces or huddle rooms, the Studio has 4K UHD video and built-in wireless content sharing capabilities, compatible with any video collaboration software. Advanced noise suppression makes it easy to hear human voices while simultaneously blocking the typing, pen clicking or snack unwrapping. The Studio X30 supports the full range of Poly MeetingAI capabilities, which improve all aspects of the meeting experience. This includes new unmatched video production rules that automatically track participants in the context of what is happening, panning out for group conversation, zooming in on who is speaking, or eliminating a colleague that’s eating their lunch from view. All without requiring anyone in the room to touch a remote or reconfigure a setting – packing a boardroom experience into a small box.
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All-in-one management platform: ZyPer Management Platform 2.1 ZEEVEE
Not all AV control systems are created equal. The ZeeVee ZyPer Management Platform is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use video distribution control system in the pro AV arena. The latest version, 2.1, offers significant enhancements including video preview and multiview text overlay features.
Everet’s new EVP412N 4K UHD NDI PTZ camera is a professional grade 4K Ultra HD video camera with NDI|HX, HDMI, 3G-SDI and USB3.0 output interface. Simplifying setup for live streaming systems supporting PoE, high quality 4K video and control using a standard gigabit enabled network and native integration of industry standard video software. With the 4K optical lens, 12x optical zoom and 0.1lux minimum illumination the camera can be easily applied in Conferencing, Class Room, Studio, and Professional AV environments.
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ELAC’s IW-S10EQ is designed to bring deep bass to any system. This kit includes a 10in thin subwoofer and 400W, purpose-built BASH amplifier. Including exclusive appcontrolled Cabinet Volume Correction technology and Auto-EQ that assures the best performance no matter the volume behind the wall or placement.
DynaScan introduces a revolutionary leap for window-facing display technology. The DS551DR4 is a dual-sided professional LCD. With a sunlight viewable 3,000-nit side and a 1,000-nit brightness side on the reverse, the display is an ideal fit for retail window applications. The DS551DR4 includes two integrated Android-based media players and dual HDMI inputs.
LR18/120 compact wide-angle line-array ALCONS AUDIO Stand: 6-K160 The LR18/120 is a 3-way compact pro-ribbon line-array system, designed to offer a fully intuitive linear response with unmatched intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL with up to 90% less distortion. The patented 120º wide dispersion and the acoustically and electronically symmetrical double 8in configuration cater for a very coherent pattern control.
Wall-Smart flush mounts for Araknis AN-810 Access Point WALL-SMART Stand: 5-R95 Wall-Smart mounts for Araknis AN-810 AP are a cutting-edge line of ceiling flush mounts. The mounts flush mount a device that would otherwise stand out of the ceiling, while keeping a complete WiFi spectrum throughout the house. The device remains fully accessible for service.
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Security: encrypting the KNX communication system Communication and data processing are hardly conceivable today without considering security. In the future, insecure communication systems are unlikely to be accepted. The internet has already shown the way, with the well-known HTTP protocol from 1991 having been largely replaced by the encrypted HTTPS variant. Incidentally, one year earlier than HTTP, the KNX system was launched in 1990 under the name EIB. Even in buildings, the need for secure communication can no longer be overlooked. At present, the danger of damage caused by hackers does not seem to be very concrete. Despite reports of tampering, especially in hotels, there is little evidence of actual damage. Nevertheless, it is necessary to counter potential dangers to the technical infrastructure. Making KNX secure The KNX Association, as a body of manufacturers, took up the subject of security at an early stage under the title ‘KNX Secure’. Nevertheless, specification and implementation took several years – a major reason being the complexity of the KNX protocol; group An installation can be internally and externally protected using addressing, which is KNX Data Secure and KNX IP Secure, respectively essential for the entire KNX system, is quite a challenge for secure encryption. By the beginning of 2019, both the system and test specifications were considered stable and they have been approved by the KNX Association Technical Board. The KNX Association has invested a great deal of effort in implementing the security theme in the ETS – the central installation software for KNX. The test tools for the development of KNX Secure devices have also been extended accordingly. Communication stacks with KNX Secure are available from different KNX Members offering system components, and the first product certifications have been successfully completed. KNX Secure is a reality and should be looked at in more detail with its two variants, namely KNX Data Secure and KNX IP Secure. KNX Data Secure KNX Data Secure aims to secure communication at the telegram level. It can be used independently of the KNX medium both for commissioning and for runtime communication. The KNX Association has set itself the goal of ‘security right from the KNX Data Secure offers protection within an installation start’. This means that even the first download to devices by the ETS is encrypted from the start. For this purpose, each device is delivered with an individual Factory Default Setup Key (FDSK) to the firmware, which the ETS must know before programming. The key information is mapped together with the serial number of the device into a QR code and printed on the device. The code can be scanned and evaluated by the ETS using a PC or laptop camera. Input via a keyboard is also possible. Since the key of the device may be known to others, the ETS replaces it with the so-called tool key - which is a key for programming. This key is also generated individually for each device. Further keys are required for the group telegrams. For maximum security, a separate key is used for each group address. Encryption prevents the data from being monitored. At the same time, an authorisation code in the telegram ensures that only authorised devices can participate in the communication. A well-known attack on systems is the so-called replay attack. The attacker uses telegrams, which they listen to and send again later without being able to interpret them themselves. In order to prevent this scenario, each telegram contains a telegram number, which the respective sender assigns consecutively. The receiver may only accept telegrams which have a higher number than the telegram that it last received from this station. Due to the six-byte length of this number, an overflow is practically impossible and is interpreted as an error. Mixed security installations Since it is not expected that all required devices will be available as a secure variant at short notice, it is important that secure and insecure communication can be mixed in one installation. The secure property is defined at group level. If two group objects that both support security are connected, the ETS proposes a secure link. However, if only one object is in a group without 78 ISE Daily 2020 Thursday 13 February
security, the entire group must communicate insecurely. Different communication objects in a device can have different security properties. Thus it is possible, for example, that the switching telegrams for a switching actuator The KNX Association set itself the goal of security right from the start are encrypted, but the feedback messages are sent unencrypted in order to display them on visualisation. Security could also be used on a case-by-case basis for a blinds actuator. This means that blinds can be controlled unprotected, while window openers only accept encrypted telegrams. Another scenario is encryption only in partial segments of the installation. Encryption is an important requirement for KNX RF in particular. At the same time, the telegrams should also be able to be sent to conventional KNX Twisted Pair devices. To meet this requirement, the so-called Secure Proxy was specified in KNX. This is a software module that is implemented in a coupler. In the above example it is implemented in the KNX RF/TP coupler. The Secure Proxy translates secure communication from the radio side to unsecured telegrams on KNX TP and vice versa. However, the Secure Proxy can also be implemented in line couplers (TP/TP), for example to connect secured external lines to an unsecured internal KNX network. KNX IP Secure KNX IP Secure follows an alternative approach but is based on the same encryption methods as KNX Data Secure. KNX IP Secure is a pragmatic approach based on the assumption that there is a point of attack at the IP level. KNX Twisted Pair is assumed to be KNX IP Secure offers protection over IP relatively secure as a purely local medium located in the wall. On the other hand, IP communication is often connected to the internet and can therefore be attacked remotely. KNX IP Secure protects KNX IP communication while communication on KNX TP remains unencrypted. The main advantage of this approach is that the existing KNX TP devices and installations can continue to be used unchanged. Only the KNX IP devices, essentially KNX IP interfaces and KNX IP routers, must be replaced. KNX IP includes the routing protocol, which is used for IP backbones, but also represents the KNX IP medium. On the other hand, the tunnelling protocol is used to enable a client (for example, the ETS) to access a TP line via IP. While KNX IP routers usually implement both protocols, KNX IP interfaces only support the tunnelling function. As different as the two applications of KNX IP are, so are the respective extensions for security. With the Secure Routing protocol, which is based on UDP Multicast, a common key is used to encrypt all KNX IP routing communication. A special feature is the telegram counter during routing. This is time-based and thus represents a time stamp that allows obsolete telegrams to be detected. The common system time is continuously synchronised between the devices. With the tunnelling protocol, the client and KNX IP device (KNXnet/IP server) first establish a secure channel using the so-called Diffie-Hellmann method. Only then are the user ID and password transferred. A new feature of KNX Secure Tunnelling is the possibility of establishing the connection with TCP. In addition to the option of accessing a bus line, tunnelling also enables KNX IP devices to be programmed very quickly. KNX Secure from the manufacturer’s point of view KNX Secure is certainly a challenge for manufacturers. The expansion of existing KNX devices with KNX Secure will, in most cases, not be possible without changing the hardware, as the requirements for available memory and computing power increase. Key allocation and printing must also be implemented as a QR code in production. New requirements arise for the manufacturers of software for KNX, for example visualisations. It is no longer sufficient to import or enter the group addresses of the project. Even knowledge of the keys used is not sufficient to send encrypted group telegrams. Rather, each participant must be made known to all the devices it is to reach. This is currently, and looks set to continue to be, only possible via the ETS. For most devices on the market that cannot be put into operation using the ETS today, the way to a secure KNX communication system is likely to be a challenge, albeit a manageable one. For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2020
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