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t’s by no means an original observation, but ISE just keeps on growing. This year it added around 100 more exhibitors, another hall of exhibits and 7,500 more attendees onto the 2017 figures, with a staggering attendance of 80,923 people. It can’t be denied that Mike Blackman and his team at Integrated Systems Events have a job on their hands managing the show’s growth over the next few years. We talk to him about this, and about his highlights of ISE 2018, over the page. Elsewhere in this special supplement – presented for the first time by both Installation and its sister title AV Technology Europe – we present our own highlights of the show. The conference and seminar programme was bigger than ever, with new events including TIDE and blooloopLIVE appearing at ISE for the first time – and we’ve got seven pages of coverage. This is followed by what caught our eye in various key technology Paddy Baker – Editor, Installation sectors. Because this is a digital publication, pbaker@nbmedia.com the content is augmented with videos that we shot at the show with key suppliers. I hope you enjoy reading this supplement – and that you find it a useful guide to the biggest and most exciting show in our industry.

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CONTENTS 04 Interview: Mike Blackman ISE 2018 was the most successful yet, but the show’s tremendous growth brings its own issues for the organisers. Integrated Systems Events managing director Mike Blackman talks about this year’s highlights, and the challenges facing the event in the future 06 Conferences and seminars There was a fuller and more diverse selection of conferences and seminars than ever at ISE 2018, including some events that were new to the show 14 Displays and signage As always at ISE there was a bumper crop of massive displays and ever-narrower pixel pitches, but this year also saw widespread display developments targeted at a wide variety of applications and markets 16 Projection There were a number of projector innovations to be seen at ISE, including Alexa control, SDVoE integration and an 8K laser model

18 Networking and connectivity With AV over IP being more popular than ever, there was plenty to see in the realm of networking and connectivity 20 Unified comms and collaboration As collaboration spreads out from the meeting room, into huddle spaces and on to the devices of remote workers, ISE exhibitors were showing a wide variety of hardware and software products designed to help people to work together more effectively 22 Audio Audio has continued to grow in both size and importance on the ISE show floor in recent years 24 Best of Show at ISE 2018 We present the winning entries in Installation’s Best of Show Awards for ISE 2018


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Hunting for space ISE 2018 was the most successful yet, but the show’s tremendous growth brings its own issues for the organisers. Integrated Systems Events managing director Mike Blackman talks to Paddy Baker about this year’s highlights, and the challenges facing the event in the future Let’s talk about the highlights of the show. I guess the World Masters of Projection Mapping must have been one of the big ones. Yes it was – but I think it was a very small start to what could become a much bigger event. We’ll soon be doing our assessment on that. We’ll sit down with all the parties involved and we’ll dissect the World Masters of Projection Mapping to see, can we do it better? Should we do it again? How could we do it better? One of the most significant things about it is that it took the ISE brand out of the RAI and into the wider Amsterdam. Did it attract local interest and coverage? Definitely. Just about everything covered it from the big newspapers – like the Telegraaf – to some of the TV channels. Obviously our goal is not to get to the general public, but we’re trying to create additional platforms for our industry and to show everybody what ISE is about, and also give something back to the city. Any other particular key highlights for you? I think our opening keynote with Carlo Ratti was really good. Some people who I know personally have been quite sceptical about some of our keynotes in the past; when we’ve brought in futurists, they say, they’ve heard it all before. But this time, some of them said to me, “Wow, this is the first time that someone has actually talked about the human element of AV and how it affects us.” I found his presentation very good, very engaging, and I think he was a good choice for us. Any other thoughts about ISE 2018 in general? We are obviously very pleased with the attendance results. We’re pleased with the way the show went: there were one or two smaller problems that we found, but on the whole I would say that we had an extremely successful event. The feedback we’re getting from both attendees and exhibitors is very positive, and I think we’ve reinforced our position as the world number one show for the AV industry. You had nearly 20,000 people at the show on Friday. Can more be done to even out the

attendance pattern across the four days? Yes, there is more that can be done. It’s always our challenge and we’re quite realistic. We had 12,000 people the first year we did a fourth day, last year we had almost 17,000 and this year we’ve risen to just a couple of people short of our target of 20,000. And that for us was very encouraging. I think more and more people are now seeing the advantage and the benefits of coming later to the show, rather than the two busiest days. If you compare it with Day 2, Day 4 looks really quiet, but at our fourth show [ISE 2007] we only had about 17,000 attendees in total. So it’s encouraging to see that this is changing. But we had almost 40,000 people through on Day 2 and it’s too much for the venue. If all we can achieve next year is to actually reduce the number of people coming on Day 2 and get them to come on Day 4, I think we’ve won the battle.

‘We had almost 40,000 people through on Day 2 and it’s too much for the venue’

And you got loads of first-time exhibitors and first-time visitors, which is a good thing. Absolutely. This is always key. When you have an established show that doesn’t change its attendee base, you get exhibitors saying, “We don’t know why we’re here, we’re only seeing the same people.” That’s not a complaint we hear because we are bringing new people constantly to the show. We lose some people as well, but we’ve always had growth. What surprised me as well is we’re seeing more and more channel people coming from outside of Europe: North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and so on. So we’re really seeing a lot of growth in that direction. That’s been quite encouraging as well. You also announced after the show that you’ve sold 103% of the floor space compared with 2018. So will you be expanding Hall 15? No – actually the configuration of Hall 15 will

change slightly to be more space-efficient next year. And there are other parts of the building being adapted to create more space. We may well have additional buildings as well, because, we still have some exhibitors to manage and bring under the roof. So we’re looking at how we are able to do that, working with the RAI. I still like using my old Henry Kissinger quote: “Every success is just a ticket to another problem.” Our growth and success are causing other issues. Ten years ago we had the luxury of having more space in the RAI than we needed. So we created additional catering areas, lounge areas and things like that, like every show organiser. But over the years we’ve been taking those away to create more exhibit space. But we have to feed people as well. So part of our challenge is also creating more catering areas so people actually will stay the day and won’t starve or get thirsty. I think this is the first year where people have been starting to say the show’s getting too big. What would you say to them? This is always a danger with every event. One of the issues we have is trying to satisfy the attendees by covering the market. When companies want to present their solutions to the marketplace, we check that they do fit, and they’re right for us, criteria-wise. And then see if we can accommodate them and where. When we started ISE, we liked – and the industry liked – the idea that we jumbled everything up [across the show floor]. So attendees went around everything. That was fine when the show was under 5,000sqm, but now we’re over 55,000sqm. We realise that not everybody wants to see everything – and you cannot see the whole show even in four days. So we have to be more focused to help our attendees find the right products, services and solutions on the show floor. So we’ve create tools to help them, and we’ve tried to untangle the floor – though it’s very hard to do that completely – and we’ve created some focus areas, like digital signage, unified communications and pro audio, that are the starting point for attendees. Will you add more areas along those lines? We would like to, but at the moment we can’t.


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I 05 We’re having an issue with how can we manage that. It’s part of our long-term goal to see how we can untangle the show floor and create new areas. There are some areas where the industry is evolving that we need to address in some way, but to create a focus area on the show floor and attract even more exhibitors at the moment is not feasible. Looking ahead to ISE 2019, what new infrastructure is going to be in place? Is the new hotel next to the RAI going to be finished? The hotel will be ready for us in 2020. It will actually be finished in the spring of 2019, so we will just miss it next year. We could be lucky and they get a mild summer and winter and construction moves faster, but at the moment it’s highly unlikely. What will be happening is the new metro link will be opening this July, so it will be really tried and tested by the time ISE opens its doors in February 2019. It will give a direct connection to the city, so attendees won’t have to wait in taxi lines all the time. The taxis will still be there, but you will also be able to get a metro from the venue directly downtown in six minutes. So that’s going to be a phenomenal change in terms of moving people around the city. Any other infrastructure developments? There are parts of the RAI that are being modernised and changed, and built out to give us additional accommodation. Some of that work is going on during the summer and will be ready for ISE 2019. And the 64,000-dollar question: what’s happening about the show’s future, with regard to Amsterdam or anywhere else? ISE works in Amsterdam. We’ve done surveys with our attendees, and asked about various cities around Europe, and the preference is Amsterdam. People can communicate in English, which tends to be the common business language for our industry. It’s easy to get to: there are direct flights to over 300 different destinations. It ticks all the boxes in terms of accommodation: there are lots of hotels, with more being built, lots of restaurants and catering in all different sort of culinary styles. It’s a nice small city that attracts people. But with the growth rate we’ve got, we are growing faster than the venue can accommodate us, and it’s one of things that we’re looking into, long term. Certainly for the next two years we are still in Amsterdam, and the RAI is working with us to develop new facilities in the venue. And if those facilities are going to be able to accommodate us, then that’s a good enough reason to stay.


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Plenty to learn There was a fuller and more diverse selection of conferences and seminars than ever at ISE 2018, including some events that were new to the show. Here’s our selection of the most interesting and thought-provoking sessions

TIDE comes to Amsterdam look for in their staff: creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. “Basically all the things that robots are really bad at,” he said – reminding the audience that for the designers of the present and the future, “creativity is our capital.”

Artistic vision

Following a successful debut at InfoComm in Orlando last year, the TIDE conference (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience) came to ISE 2018 to offer a European perspective on the creative forces shaping the AV industry. Opening keynote speaker Daan Roosegaarde’s message was: think creatively, think critically and don’t discount technology that already exists to improve the way we live. The innovator, designer and inventor argued that creating great design in the future is not about thinking of ways to generate money or save time; it is about looking at ways in which design and technology can improve life. Through Studio Roosegaarde, he has worked on several projects, often using ‘older’ technologies such as LED lighting and retroreflective materials, to get people to think about the uniqueness of their environment. As a case in point he talked about his company’s Waterlicht project, which created a dreamlike blue LED light show in Amsterdam’s

Museumplein to get residents to think about rising water levels and global warning. The artwork attracted 60,000 visitors in one night when it was first launched. “Innovation is engraved in the DNA of Dutch landscape, but it seems to have been forgotten,” he said. “We used LED technology which has been around for years from a social standpoint to remind people about the creation and importance of dykes.” Another project he shared with attendees – inspired following a trip to Beijing – was his smogsucking towers, which suck polluted air out of parts of a city and then release 30 million litres of clean air back into the city. He even found a use for the carbon emissions – turning them into diamonds and creating smog-free jewellery. Each ring represents 1000 cubic metres of clean air – an idea that flew when he launched it on Kickstarter and now helps to finance the cost of producing the towers. Roosegaarde also shared with delegates the three key skills that businesses of the future should

One of the panel sessions discussed the role of art and the importance of marrying an artist’s creative vision into the overall design brief. Event designer Debs Armstrong, founder and director of Strong & Co, was commissioned to create spectacular “fire-breathing monsters” at the highly environmental Shangri-La stage at the last year’s Glastonbury music festival. This brief, she said, was pure art and without any hidden agenda or branding; by contrast, a major installation commission for Twitter had branding more in evidence. This project was dependent on technology, but art played a major part in the thought process. Armstrong’s view was that art should have a place in the creative process. “The end result can be enjoyable, beautiful and very exciting.” Julian Le Bas, creative director and architect at Jack Morton Worldwide, agreed and argued that good event design must involve art in order to bring the different tensions together, although the panellists agreed that bringing the various parties together – “even over a lunch” – was essential in order to help ensure that everyone fully understands the brief, and not just their individual view of what’s required. Architect Pedro Gafanho, director the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology in Lisbon, firmly subscribes to the view that art and the AV industry should work together. “Creativity is an important role in the design but it also plays a part in analysing the brief as to what is really required,” he said. “Artists are often the very people who push the envelope of a brief and help exploit the technology in a compelling direction.”


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XR – young technology that will change how we live XR Summit at ISE – a new conference dedicated to virtual, augmented and mixed reality – heard some impressive forecasts of rapid growth for these technologies, building to a probable market value of more than $107 billion by 2025, and possibly $2 trillion by 2035 if CitiBank’s forecasts are accurate. Marco deMiroz, co-founder of the VR Fund, told delegates that despite the buoyant forecasts the industry was still in its infancy. “This is going to be a massive industry, but we need more venture capital investment cash to come from Europe, for Europe. We have talented ideas coming from here in Amsterdam, and Copenhagen and Paris as well as London.” DeMiroz explained how rapidly growth has occurred, helped by headset sales (“prices slashed across the board”) and how devices were emerging capable of being totally immersive for the user but also completely capable of AR. He continued: “Remember that XR is still evolving, and that new applications include in-house business training where all the results show that users retain significant benefits from using VR and AR, and in medical and education as well as the higher-profile news, media and entertainment as well as games.” Producing more quality VR content is key if Europe is going to innovate in the field of VR, but it can be tough persuading investors that it’s a technology worth investing in, according to 360 content producer Suzanne Lagerweij, CEO of Dutch production company Fields of View. “360 content is one of the most accessible forms of VR for consumers and it performs better than 2D videos, but it still takes lots of convincing to get investors interested,” she said. Fellow panellist Daan Kip, founder of Basefund, added that while public funding in VR is sporadic, Finland, France and Berlin all have publicly funded schemes that are fuelling VR innovation in the sector.

Construction will be big Barco’s VR head, Kurt Doornaert, said that while the automotive and energy industries have been the traditional innovators in VR, he predicted its biggest consumers would be in construction, simply because “there’s building going on in every country.” He added that tools that enable people “to step into virtual environments with key decision makers and discuss functionality, interiors or how a building might be integrated

into the city” were clear use cases. The surging interest in VR, fuelled by the B2C market, is also inspiring new industries to innovate with VR, according to Doonaert – which are exploring a world beyond HMD solutions and video CAVEs. “CAVEs are old and expensive and complex – people are looking at gaming engines like Unity now, to creative immersive environments,” he said. Doornaert added that VR and AR would be combined in the future and that pitting the two technologies against each other was misleading because businesses often require both. Daniel Keller, CEO of Berlin-based Matrixworks, told delegates that it was hugely difficult to use PowerPoint to demonstrate what his business was about, but the moment executives put on a headset they get the concept immediately. “We like to explain that using a full Boeing 747 pilot flight simulator for training is expensive,” he said. “It will be needed eventually, but it is better to use a low-cost solution initially. It is the same for any training where machinery is involved. Or it might be in train driving, or any situation where the usual ‘hear, see and do’ concept of training is normal. The highest level of user retention is in the ‘doing’ phase, but we know that bringing VR into the equation raises a typical 90% retention to even higher levels.” Keller also advised that the sector was so new that it was easy to pay too much in developing a bespoke solution, without considering what he said were firm rules. For

example, always use high frame rates in your solution to avoid motion sickness. Precise head tracking was another ‘must’ and photorealistic textures were crucial. “And develop collaboration in terms of people and rooms. Don’t always have a single-user experience.”

Age of voxels Agnis Stelingis, founder and CEO at Experimental Foundation (EF) EVE, and a passionate believer in the impact that 3D and volumetric video is going to make to our lives, told delegates that we are moving to an age of ‘voxels’, a “cloud of 3D video pixels”. “We are able to exchange static and video pictures of our families and events on our phones and replace them with a volumetric version, and in the process putting our imaginations to work.” Stelingis showed examples of a dancer, a family visiting an art gallery, and hip-hop dancing on an imagined rooftop, as how real situations could be taken to the next level of creative thinking. He told delegates that healthcare represented a huge opportunity, and where 3D/volumetric examination will soon understand the patient better than a doctor! He added that volumetric robots were already active in warehousing and hospitals. “We think innovation will really take off when the technology allows easy use of lower-cost 3D cameras and software, and operating at around 1Mbps data rates. This will open up new platforms for original content and creativity.”


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Spectacular nights Imagine being able to tell a captivating story that changes every day, combining landscape and architecture with technology and people to tell stories that engage and inspire. That was the topic of conversation at blooloopLIVE: Creating Nighttime Spectaculars. The conference keynote, presented by Philippe Bergeron, CEO at Paintscaping, looked at ‘The art of the nighttime spectacular’. Referring to the art of storytelling as a key component of the realisation of these events, Bergeron noted that creating a narrative is the way to create a compelling AV experience – although simply mapping “cool stuff” onto ski slopes (in one of the case studies he presented) was also a great way to entertain a crowd. Among some extreme case studies Paintscaping has completed, one stand-out piece was a spectacular evening in 2017 where the company worked on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, combining 3D projection mapping with live actors to highlight outstanding historical events in the building’s, and the US’s, history. For Jean-Christophe Canizares, CEO of ECA2, great experiences are created by combining great storytelling with great technology. For him, special ingredients should combine to deliver not only a spectacle, but to stir the emotions of those watching: water, lights, video, laser, fire and sound. He described those ingredients as actors in the show. Each has a role to play, depending on the story, and each can be used in different ways to manipulate the emotions of viewers. “Putting on a compelling show can truly be said to be multi-disciplinary,” he said. Canizares also explained the importance of automated control for events that will run repeatedly, ensuring accuracy each time. He also pointed out that these shows are a ‘must-have’ for many visitor attractions, destinations and businesses.

Increased spend Picking up on the ‘must-have’ theme, Peter Cliff, creative director at Holovis, explored why attractions are investing. “It’s all about ROI,” he said. “What visitor attractions want more than anything is to keep guests on site as long as possible: it has been demonstrated that, if you can do this, spend per head increases around 40%. There’s also an increase in secondary and tertiary spend.” If guests are to extend their stay, though, what are they looking for? According to Cliff, it’s a combination of emotional connection; something

spectacular and unique; and value for money. “Most important, though,” he continued, “is that an attraction makes memories. That’s what brings guests back.” For Cliff, interactivity will be the key for the future – and he also sees real-time rendering increasingly replacing pre-rendered content to enable visitors to create their own experiences. The final session came from two presenters, Rob Paul, design director at LCI Productions, and Bob Montgomery, CEO at Longleat Enterprises. Montgomery spoke about how he turned around the park’s performance since coming on board in 2013. Much of that success has been down to innovation in the use of AV to create nighttime events that draw in the crowds, make them stay longer, and bring them back for more year after year. The Festival of Light has been held every

Christmas period at Longleat since 2014. From the theme of a Chinese Festival of Light, in 2016 the park moved to celebrate the park’s 50th and Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary, with thousands of elaborate, light-filled lanterns in the shape of Potter’s characters and park wildlife. Part of that Festival of Light was the Longleat Christmas tree, which had a revamp by LCI as part of the anniversary festivities. This comprises a 20m pixel-mapped galvanised steel tree, with a nearby building video-mapped to tell a Christmas story, plus uplighting around the square for added atmosphere. Each year the story can be changed. The half-day conference showed that the possibilities and future of nighttime entertainment are wide open. The way ahead, it seems, will be to incorporate more technology and more stories into the mix, with gaming engines and interactivity set to intensify the experience.


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AVIXA highlights experiences

In keeping with its new mission to fly the flag for integrated experiences, AVIXA held two half-day conferences at ISE looking at experience design in the enterprise and education sectors. One of the speakers at ‘What’s Next? Enterprise AV Integrated Experiences’ was Richard Packer, a senior engineer at Thales – a French multinational with powerful reputation in the aerospace and defence industries. Given responsibility for bringing together the AV demands for some 650 people at its new HQ building in Reading, Packer told attendees that his challenges included bringing the IT department on board as well as having to get the system approved by his senior managers, “many of whom didn’t really understand AV”. His ‘new’ building had been unoccupied – other than by spiders – for 15 years, and had to bring together three separate Thales locations. The system design started with a clean sheet of paper, with considerable input in terms of ideas and possibilities from potential system integrators. The number of bidders was whittled down from six to one, but Packer admitted that he inherited a real “dog’s dinner” in terms of existing facilities. “We knew we needed many meeting rooms,

and settled on 15 which we called ‘standard’, a further 10 ‘special’ rooms with a higher degree of equipment and six multi-purpose rooms. And for good measure the CEO wanted something for the reception area that said ‘Wow’.” Packer stressed one element that was rather special to Thales: security, security and security. “We could not permit any risks, either by accident or design. This gave us a huge number of extra headaches. We knew that getting something wrong would risk wrecking the network and impacting security.” His closing advice to others was not to be led by technology alone. “Speak to your users, and fully understand their aims but also ensure that you can fully monitor the complete system. And plan for the future. Our industry is evolving rapidly and we need to be prepared.”

Vocational education leads the way in VR At AVIXA’s ‘What’s Next? Higher Education Integrated Experiences Design’ conference, Ros Parker, principal of PROCAT, a further education college in Essex, told delegates that using VR programs to teach construction and engineering skills helped accelerate learning of key vocational skills. Trainee electricians, plumbers and builders can rewire a virtual

house in a safe environment, or work with piping without wasting expensive materials. “There are several ‘trial and error’ scenarios we try out with students once the headsets are on – and if things go wrong the TV in the lounge will blow up or if they walk on the rafters they will fall through the ceiling – albeit a virtual one,” Parker said. She added that the technology also allows them to virtualise materials such as piping for the college’s NVQ Level 2 and 3 plumbing students, while its trainee engineers can also learn about track and rolling stock prior to site visits. ‘The technology allows us to be much more cost efficient with our physical materials and it helps prepare students for real environments much quicker,” she added. According to Parker, this accelerated learning meant students who used VR in their studies were were performing tasks in week 10 that those who did not use the technology would be doing in week 20. The college is also experimenting with other technical innovations such as robots for coding, although she added that the college’s own bot was currently being repaired in France after students programmed it to do Tai Chi, causing it to fall off a table and break its arm.


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Putting fans front and centre

This year, SVG Europe changed the focus of its ISE summit about technology in sports venues to include more emphasis on the fan experience. The Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit, as it was called, consisted of a number of panel sessions and presentations from vendors and end-users in this space. A panel on engaging fans and maximising revenues said that venues of all sizes should be totally flexible in how they operate their sites. As well as making the fan feel completely at home in the build-up, as well as during and after a game, a venue should place the same degree of emphasis on supplying a boardroom, or exploiting some of its real estate for a major business event with 5,000 attendees. Jeroen van Iersel, marketing manger at Amsterdam ArenA, said that the stadium doesn’t just switch between football matches and giant music events; it is being expanded for much greater flexibility and adaptability. “This means handing 70-80 large conferences annually – but with break-out rooms for 20 or 5,000 people. But we want to make every visitor, for whatever reason, feel welcome and then convert that single visit to multiple extra visits.” David Lowry, technical advisor at Belfast’s SSE Arena, said his venue was moving towards

push-button changeovers with moveable seating, lighting and the other back-office flexibility, in order to boost appeal. And Paul Lipscombe, head of technology at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium, explained that his venue had put in very high-capacity WiFi with 40Gbps trunking to ensure it was ready for market demands and 4K coverage.

Design and re-equip Another session examined the challenges of designing and re-equipping sports stadiums. Mark Kelly, MD at Bristol’s Ashton Gate stadium, explained that such flexibility drives his team forward, and the spin-off benefits could be extremely rewarding. The site is already home to football and rugby, but also has a vibrant coffee shop on site that was earning cash seven days a week, and supplied an exhibition area, and where the VIP boxes were built as boardrooms, with the possibility of celebrity chefs catering for fans. At the other end of the scale, smaller community-based stadia see architects having to cope with ‘basketball in the morning, an ice show in the afternoon, and a pop concert in the evening’ demands, in an attempt to make the venue pay for itself. “In fact I believe that such community projects should be paid for by

the municipality, otherwise it is very difficult to make money,” said Peter Ayres, structural engineer at AECOM. Nik Selman, MD of digital content agency Formidable, remarked during a panel on the future of fan engagement that creating an authentic experience for millennial fans requires a different approach from that of previous generations. “Authenticity to them means right now – it is very much about providing them with content that feels behind the scenes and personal, it’s less polished viewing that you can’t see in stadium or on TV at home,” he added. Hassan Perymani, director and co-founder of Edinburgh-based streaming outfit Volcano City, added that this engagement should go on throughout the week: “It’s constant conversation about people interacting with your brand – right up until and including match days and engaging with them across different and appropriate social media platforms.” Other panellists observed that one underexploited area was engaging in football clubs’ global fan bases to craft authentic content for them and generate new revenue streams. It was also remarked that issues around rights and connectivity are preventing the fan experience from becoming truly joined up.


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IoT will transform cities Professor Carlo Ratti, director of the Senseable Cities Lab at MIT and the head of architecture practice CRA (Carlo Ratti Associati) gave the Opening Keynote at ISE 2018. Ratti believes that the IoT – which he sees as the second wave of the internet – can transform our cities no less than it is transforming our homes in the shape of smart homes, or our factories in terms of Industry 4.0. There are, he explained, three key aspects of this transformation: mobility, offices and retail. “The future is not written in stone,” he said. “It’s up to us to make the decisions about how we want to live in the future. We have it in our power to invent the way things will be.” Ratti believes that the future is full of possibilities about how we want to work and play – and technology is the enabler of those possibilities. He places special emphasis on the idea of convergence – the convergence between different technologies, and the convergence between the digital world and the physical world. Those convergences will enable new applications, new opportunities. He and his team

spend significant amounts of time modelling those possibilities for how the city of the future might look, and experimenting with them. He continued: “What’s most important is not what we’re doing, but that what we’re doing becomes public knowledge. We need to have an open conversation. The results of our work should be out there for people to consider. At the end of the day, decisions about how we will live in the future should not be made by giant corporations or scientists or states – they should be made by the citizens themselves, fully armed with the knowledge of the different possibilities. It’s they who should decide what kind of cities we will live in in the future.” He takes as an example self-driving vehicle technology. On the one hand, that could mean a substantial reduction in the number of cars that our cities need to support. On the other, it could mean that we abandon mass transit systems in favour of individual transportation. One outcome could be considered positive – the other, less so. We need to know about those possibilities, and make decisions, Ratti believes.

Another key theme in his presentation is that, whatever happens in the future, it will be a reflection of our DNA. “Take something like Facebook,” he said. “Hundreds of years ago, we got together in the village square to exchange news. Then, we sent letters. Then, we phoned. Today, we express that same basic need to communicate with others via Facebook. But, as we’ve seen recently, we need to be careful that we remain masters of that technology, rather than letting it master us. Technology is seldom without unforeseen consequences.” “It is we who need to allow the future,” he concluded.

Consolidation in the signage market While delivering a true ‘omnichannel’ experience may still be some way off, digital signage has now reached the point where digital surfaces are not enough. Consumers are looking for a fluid experience. Florian Rotberg, managing director of invidis consulting, gave the opening keynote at DSS ISE. In it, he stated that the market is

currently moving towards “a more professional, centrally managed, data-driven model” which is delivering “positive KPIs and solid ROI”. “Everything we’ve preached has finally come to fruition,” he added. This is backed by the latest growth figures released by Futuresource, which reveal the global digital signage market is now worth $12.6bn and grew by 22% in 2017. With 80% of purchases still made offline, Rotberg argued that there is still room in the market for further growth, especially in EMEA, where market share is 23% and year-on-year growth is 8%. In terms of the future role for systems integrators, the analyst said that customers wanted brands they could trust who are able to reduce complexity.“This is why you have companies like Accenture entering this market,” he pointed out. “They have no clue, but they are a trusted brand. Maybe if you are lucky, they will hire you for your expertise!’ Rotberg added that these trusted brands are now driving consolidation among other systems integrators in the market. There were

more than 20 acquisitions in Western Europe in Q4 last year – many of which were triggered by Stratacache’s acquisition of rival Scala. In terms of software trends, Rotberg said that Adobe, Google and Samsung would dominate the market – because no one will take them over, and they are large enough to deliver services across the world. For its part, Google said it still hoped to disrupt the market with its Chrome-based and Android-based solutions to manage hardware platforms. Speaking during a session on ‘’Disrupting Digital Signage’, EMEA head of Android and Chrome enterprise channel Mark Grady insisted that Google’s role in the market would be to simplify the management of digital kiosks, signage and interactive broadcasts. “Is Google going to start banging screens on walls? No. What we see is disruption on a very small ‘ingredients in a cake’ level,’ he said. Grady added that integrators will be able to port the best parts of its Chrome browser and its Android apps to bring extra capabilities to digital signage as well as its security solutions.


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CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

March 2018

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The Smart Building Conference took ‘From Smart Building to Smart City’ as the theme for its ISE 2018 outing. And, according to its keynote speaker, the cities of the future will be smarter, faster-changing and more adaptable. Kevin Flanagan, partner at PLP Architecture – the company that designed The Edge, Deloitte’s new smart building in Amsterdam – explained how smart cities could improve

our way of life: “Technology allows us to think beyond the city grid design. We can develop transport systems that take traffic off the road and improve the city’s lungs. The next big advance will be 5G technology. A blind person will be able to walk throughout a city using 5G.” Opening speaker Ger Baron, chief technology officer for the City of Amsterdam, revealed that the future is much closer than we think. “Cities have always adapted and changed,” said Baron. “The digital revolution is not only changing our industries, but also impacting on the buildings we work and live in, and on our cities.” The biggest developments will be the move from centralised to decentralised systems, and the pace of change, Baron said: “Instead of building train stations that last for two hundred years, our buildings will be updated by software. Cities will change much faster.” Data will drive many changes, and Baron revealed how Amsterdam is now using data from many sources – including social media and Instagram feeds – to determine the number of visitors to the city. This data could be used to improve transportation or predict when bins need emptying in tourist hotspots. Other subjects covered during the one-day

conference included smart home technology and Bluetooth wireless technology in the commercial sector. David B Hofmann, managing partner of consultancy mm1, noted that smart televisions, speakers, thermostats, security cameras and more are entering homes at a rapid rate. The the main driver for consumer uptake of smart home technology, he said, was not reducing energy costs, but “comfort and security. People are using smart thermostats to warm the bathroom on a cold winter’s day and not for cutting their energy bill.” Although the smart home market has grown quickly, it still faces challenges, added Hofmann: “There is a chasm between consumers and providers of the technology. Consumers are concerned about the cost, but providers don’t see it as a big issue.” Szymon Slupik, CTO of Silvair, talked about Bluetooth mesh, which opens the way for countless Bluetooth devices – such as lights and sensors – to work together on a single network. Mesh paves the way for smart lighting systems. Slupik described mesh as “a revolution which will be available to every building; every building owner and every tenant.”

Audio networking untangled With audio over IP set to revolutionise the pro AV industry, a full room for the 12th edition of Audio Forum at ISE 2018 came as no surprise. Umberto Zanghieri, member and treasurer of the AES Italian Section, led the day-long event with an overview of AoIP applications that have developed over the last 20 or so years. A variety of systems have been deployed since the 1990s, many of which are still in active use. “Many standards are a problem, especially in live audio,” commented Ruud Kaltofen, DSP systems designer and president of the AES Dutch Section. Focusing on digital audio protocol transport in live systems and events, Kaltofen highlighted the importance of a reliable, low-latency system. The key, he explained, is to keep your network as simple as possible, use good quality Cat5e or Cat6 cables and avoid coupling at all costs. Naturally, interoperability is also crucial to any live sound situation that features equipment requests

from more than one manufacturer. That is to say, any live sound event. Which is why standards such as AES67 and AES70 were heavily emphasised throughout the sessions. Jeff Barryman, senior scientist at Bosch Communications Systems USA, provided delegates with a broad overview of the capabilities and limitations of both: “The amount of information that the audio professional needs to know about the details of (audio) networking, generally speaking, exceeds how much they should be required to know, or want to know,” he joked. Barryman described an “energetic uptake” of AES67 by most sectors, including live sound, commercial sound and broadcast and a “slow but steady” uptake of AES 70 (“it takes companies to integrate control standards”) and confirmed that revisions for both are in the pipeline. The AES is also working closely with SMPTE to further develop AES 70 for audio

broadcasting applications. Audio over IP casts a wide net across IT and telecommunications. For delegates with loose ends to tie up, the conference concluded with open table discussions with the day’s speakers.


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14 DISPLAYS AND DIGITAL SIGNAGE

March 2018

A feast for the eyes As always at ISE there was a bumper crop of massive displays and ever-narrower pixel pitches, but this year also saw widespread display developments targeted at a variety of applications and markets

Samsung was showing its modular MicroLED display technology in a massive display dubbed ‘The Wall’, measuring 146in in size. The Wall is described as the industry’s first selfemitting modular display to operate through micrometre-scale LEDs, which serve as their own light source and eliminate the need for colour fi lters or backlights. The result is very high brightness, a broad, high-volume colour gamut, and deep blacks. Leyard has extended the DirectLight LED Video Wall System to include a model with a pixel pitch of just 0.7mm – believed to be the smallest in the industry. The expanded line also includes a new 2.5mm option. The DirectLight series allows for ultra-slim, wall-mounted, frontservice installations in indoor environments, and incorporates the Leyard DriveSense technology, which increases power efficiency. “We continue to set the standard with ground- breaking advancements and industry-leading design,” said Steve Seminario, vice president of product management at Leyard and Planar. Taking centre stage on the LG stand was the company’s innovative 55in Transparent OLED signage. Bram Haans, European marketing manager, commented: “This is proof of concept,

but it is production-ready and will be in the catalogue later this year. It can be used on flat or curved transparent surfaces, so it could be used on revolving doors or signage installations; there are lots of possibilities. All these features are only possible because of the OLED technology.” Marking a departure from its historic projector roots, Digital Projection launched its new Radiance LED range into the European market at ISE. Comprising four models (Radiance LED 1.2, 1.5, 1.9 and 2.5), the new black SMD LED range offers up to 1,000 nits of brightness, a contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and a 120Hz refresh rate. With lifetime rated at 50,000 hours, the range is built on a native 16:9 aspect ratio panels and can deliver resolutions up to 4K. Radiance LED panels feature a 160º viewing angle and a fanless design, and are rated for 24/7 operation. LANG was showing the latest immersive room technology from its SOLUTIONS4AV brand. These immersive rooms allow groups of people to be wrapped within a single source of content, without the need for individual devices, such as VR glasses. SOLUTIONS4AV creates inclusive virtual environments – rooms in which the entire field of view is taken up with image rendering devices. These are designed

to allow an immersive experience to be shared, while retaining the possibility of collaborative social interaction. At the show, NEC Display Solutions announced that it had acquired S[quadrat], a provider of LED solutions and a brand that NEC has promoted across all major markets for the past three years. For its part, S[quadrat] was focusing on its LED displays for retail, corporate and transportation applications. The highlight on the stand was the new SI [3.9 SMD] NT V4 Class B LED display, which has been designed to comply with the stricter EMC requirements of airports and railway stations. S[quadrat] research and development director Rainer Beerhalter said: “Our outdoor/ indoor EMC compliant display has been successfully verified by measuring a full size 40sqm screen in an EMC lab – not just a small 0.51.0sqm like some of our competitors.” On NEC’s own stand, the theme was ‘Creating Endless Impressions, focusing on retail signage, meeting and collaboration solutions and large venue displays. A 24sqm LED videowall showcased the company’s direct-view LED signage for indoor or outdoor advertising. Creating a lot of interest on the Barco stand was the UniSee videowall, which was making its ISE debut. As well as offering 30% more uniformity than competitor products, it features a very small gap between tiles, thanks in part to its specially designed mounting mechanism. Sensors within each tile ensure that displayed images remain uniform over time. Barco also had a focus on control-room technology, and the control-room experience, on its stand; it was showing its OpSpace control-room console, which is designed to enable the operator to manage huge amounts of data more easily.


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Digital signage solutions Barix introduced the third generation of AudioPoint, an audio signage platform that brings together digital signage, TV content and BYOD. It can deliver audio associated with video content to mobile devices over a local WiFi connection. It’s based on a new hardware platform, engineered by Barix, that builds the channel server into the Barix Audio Signage Encoder to significantly reduce cost and integration time. The encoder supports both single and multi-channel audio streaming for up to 250 simultaneous users. BrightSign introduced the first of its Series 4 signage players, XD4 and XT4. Four models in the BrightSign Series 4 range are newly designed to support Dolby Vision and HDR10+, while the XT line supports PoE+ and HDMI to deliver live TV to end-points, either via an HDMI cable or streaming over a network. The new players continue to use the patented industrial design of the Series 3 players. Also on the stand was the Bright Wall zone, featuring 17 videowall panels each with its own player; a menu and ordering platform, taking digital signage into the interactive realm; the iDisplay tablet, which works without a separate player; and a room booking tablet. Aopen showcased its signage solutions by means of a virtual airline experience, taking visitors from check-in through to duty-free and then onto the aircraft. Showcasing the Net Display System (NDS), the flight information board used the Aopen digital engine to power the touch displays, available in 15in, 19in and 20in sizes. The DE3450 player delivers 4K2K playback from two outputs with the ability to play a 4K movie at 60Hz, 10-bit. New from IAdea was the beta version of its IAdeaCare monitoring and management service, designed to ensure digital signage deployment runs as planned. IAdeaCare enables businesses to combine real-time tracking and monitoring data to predict, prioritise and maintain systems. It also allows users to remotely handle much of the system diagnosis processes, as well as remote reboots, firmware updates and status tracking. IAdea is expected to roll out the API for integration with content management solutions in Q2.

Interactive displays Elo launched the I-Series 2.0 for Android – an upgraded series of commercial 10in to 22in touchscreens claimed to have double the performance of their predecessors. Designed for high-traffic public environments, I-Series 2.0 for Android features the optional EloView cloud service software – a platform designed to remotely simplify and automate

management of Elo interactive displays, streamlining device maintenance. EloView now provides virtual GPS capabilities, enabling a location to be set remotely for each device so that content may be localised per device or location across the globe. Sharp launched its first 4K Big Pad interactive display at ISE. This 70in addition to the company’s range of displays for sharing information in meetings and lessons is said to facilitate viewing large amounts of detailed information, such as technical drawings, maps or spreadsheets. 4K reading is supported by Sharp’s UV2A screen technology for high contrast and image clarity, and 4K writing is supported by a range of features including palm rejection. Sid Stanley, general manager, visual solutions at Sharp, commented: “Across Europe, there is a demand for meetings to be more engaging, more inclusive, and more productive, and Sharp is offering a range of easy-to-use tools that deliver the benefits of better decision-making and collaboration.” Vestel showed its new 4K 65in projective capacitive flat panel. UK head of sales Mark Dew commented: “We’re showing PCAP for the mainstream sector – education and corporate. It’s a 65in screen and is basically much more responsive with up to 20-point touch control.” The PCAP display has enhanced touch accuracy and pen precision to aid a natural writing experience, an anti-glare and scratchresistant screen and 400-nit brightness. It can be connected to other UHD devices through its HDMI inputs, and offers OPS compatibility with Windows as well as Android PC modules. Vestel can offer the panel with Windows 10 pre-installed. Zytronic unveiled a new range of multitouch controllers, aiming to raise the bar for design, speed, accuracy and performance of large-format touchscreens. The new controllers allow touch sensors to be designed with narrower non-active borders – less than 10mm on a 55in screen. Based around a proprietary ASIC, the new ZXY500 controller features a higher noise immunity, allowing other technologies such as RFID, NGC and Qi wireless battery charging to be placed adjacent to, or even implemented within, the active area without impairing the touchscreen’s clarity and performance.

Mounts and accessories Daktronics was showing a new latching mechanism for LED displays. Jason Melby, international marketing, explained that LED panels are typically held in place by strong magnets: “As the magnets are engaged and the panel draws close to its place, there

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is an extremely high risk of damage to the outer LEDs on both the new panel and the ones all around it.” By contrast, with the new mechanism, “panels can now be installed by effectively disengaging the magnets until the panel is in place, by simply twisting a few handles. This means installation time is cut dramatically, the risk of damage is reduced and the user can replace panels with ease.” Among the new offerings on the PeerlessAV stand was the SmartMount Supreme FullService Video Wall Mount with Quick Release (DS-VW775-QR). This mount offers time-saving installation features including tool-less micro adjustment (up to 38mm on the X, Y and Z axes), easy hang wall plate for a simple one-person install, and reusable spacers for both portrait and landscape applications. A press-to-release pop-out feature provides quick access to a recessed display without searching for hidden pull strings. The release mechanism requires less pressure to pop out a display than many videowall mounts. Wize launched a new line of ultra-thin wall display mounts that can place ultra-flat displays as close to the wall as possible. The AU65 arm is said to be the world’s thinnest articulating mount, and holds the display 28mm from the wall when retracted, 508mm when extended. It fits displays of 13in to 65in, and can handle weights up to 36kg. AU65 features a built-in level, three attachment points, and decorative screw head covers. A pre-tensioned smooth functioning tilt mechanism allows 15˚ of adjustment without the need to continuously readjust tension.

This year saw Vivitek and parent company Delta Electronics exhibit on a combined ISE stand for the first time, to demonstrate various technologies related to large-format displays. Delta is a leader in DLP video cubes for control room applications, and its matriXpro videowall controller – with MultiVis IP-based operator software – were on display, as well as a wide range of indoor and outdoor LED displays. Attractions on the Vivitek side included the NovoTouch range of collaborative touchpanels, the NovoConnect wireless collaboration, and a wide range of projectors from 500 to 18,000 lumens.


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March 2018

Shining examples There were a number of projector innovations to be seen at ISE, including Alexa control, SDVoE integration and an 8K laser model

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Digital Projection was showing the INSIGHT Dual Laser 8K projector – which is set to be the world’s first commercially available DLP laser 8K projector (it is expected to ship in Q3). It provides 7,680 x 4,320 resolution and 25,000 ANSI lumens and the manufacturer says that its new flagship model is suitable for the most elaborate medical, scientific, visualisation and large-venue applications. Christie brought its Terra range to ISE for the first time. Terra comprises an expanding series of transmitters, receivers, control hardware and software that enables the design and integration of SDVoE-compliant systems. Among the line-up is the Christie Terra SDVoE input board for the Boxer 3DLP projector. This makes the projector the first to integrate directly with an Ethernet network to accept real-time, 4K/60 AV content and control. Acer’s new V6820i 4K UHD projector is among the first of its kind to support Amazon Alexa with control via voice commands. The V6820i offers a 4K UHD resolution display, is compatible with HDR and Rec. 2020 signals, and supports the Rec. 709 standard for cinema-like colour accuracy. Epson launched a new family of entry-level installation laser projectors. The high-end EB-L615U/EB-L610U/EB-L510U and low-end EB-L400U are 5,000-6,000 lumen models designed to replace existing lamp-based projectors. Highend models offer features such as lens shift, HDBaseT and screen mirroring. Also new from Epson was the company’s first ever native 4K projector, the EB-L12000Q, together with its first 20,000 lumen WUXGA resolution projector, the EB-L20000U.

Canon launched a range of LCOS projectors featuring a revamped, compact design with higher luminance and WUXGA resolution. The lamp-based Canon XEED WUX7500, 6700 and 5800 and the laser-based Canon XEED WUX7000Z, 5800Z and 6600Z are compatible with six motorised lenses, including the new super-high resolution, ultra-low distortion RS-SL06UW. Model numbers correspond to the projectors’ brightness in lumens. Among the projectors on show from Casio was the XJ-L8300HN, the company’s first 4K projector, based on DLP technology and featuring 5,000 lumens brightness with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Casio says that its Large Venue Series has been particularly popular with higher education and schools looking to introduce 4K to larger audiences across their halls and lecture theatres. Panasonic launched the PT-RQ22K 3-chip DLP laser projector, which offers 21,000 centre lumens brightness and 4K+ (5,120 x 3,200) resolution. The new model features a Quad Pixel Drive and 240Hz real motion processor with heat-resistant phosphor wheels and solid-state laser modules. Sony launched five new installation projectors at ISE. At 12,000 lumens and 9,000 lumens respectively, the VPL-FHZ120L and VPL-FHZ90L are the company’s highest brightness business laser projectors. The VPL-FHZ66 (6,000 lumens), VPL-FHZ61 (5,100 lumens) and VPL-FHZ58 (4,200 lumens) are all mid-range WUXGA models designed for small to medium-sized rooms. All five models deliver a 500,000:1 contrast ratio. First time ISE exhibitor Ergo Concepts

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Projection screens New from AV Stumpfl was the T-32 Shift – a mobile projection screen that takes less than five minutes to assemble, and whose height can be adjusted simply by one person. No extra measuring is needed to ensure that the frame is level, due to a clearly marked height scale. The T-32 Shift is compatible with AV Stumpfl’s Monoblox32 and MonoClip32 projection screen frames. Screen Innovations was showing the new Zero Edge Pro screen, which is available in three bezel options: small (0.5in), medium (1.5in) or large (2.5in). The new half-inch bezel is claimed to provide a low-profile appeal similar to that of today’s flat-panel TVs. The medium and large options are available in 12 colours with an inlay of hand-wrapped velvet or completely wrapped in velvet, made to order. The Zero Edge Pro is also available with SI’s LED backlighting options and a new IP controlled solution is also available that can be integrated and controlled with Philips Hue Smart Lighting ecosystems.


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18 NETWORKING AND CONNECTIVITY

March 2018

A networking event With AV over IP being more popular than ever, there was plenty to see in the realm of networking and connectivity Manuel Greisinger, head of sales at IHSE, said: “Our extension and switching solutions guarantee a round-trip video processing delay of less than five milliseconds. Meeting these extreme requirements is mandatory to avoid motion sickness and nausea and to extend signals with KVM specialist Adder Technology unveiled its ADDERLink Infinity 100T unit – a ‘zero U’ IP-based KVM for video, audio and USB – on day one of ISE 2018. Billed as ‘the world’s smallest high-performance KVM transmitter’ the unit is also known as the ALIF100T and can be plugged into the back of any computer, meaning it takes up zero rack space. It is powered over USB, consuming around 2W of power. It works with the ADDERLink INFINITY Manager and ADDERLink INFINITY receivers.

Signal transmission/extension The SDVoE Alliance took the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of 10Gb Ethernet networks, and to assert that 1Gb networks are not sufficient for converged networks that need to serve IT data users as well as AV signal transmission – despite some claims to the contrary made in the market. “True AV/IT convergence, with zero-millisecond latency and flawless image quality, can only happen on 10G infrastructure, and only with SDVoE,” said Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. Aurora Multimedia showed its HT Series of HDBaseT 2.0 products. These can transmit 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. All the products have an integrated web server for remote IP control, USB 2.0 with directional control, and the world’s first Dante option for two- or eight-channel Dante, the company says. Also, the HT Series can power both TX and RX from a single port on a PoE switch, eliminating external power supplies.

Visionary Solutions was showing its platform for delivering Dante connectivity for video. The PacketAV Duet Encoder and Decoder deliver visually lossless, ultra-low latency 4K UHD video and Dante over Gigabit Ethernet, harnessing the flexibility and scalability of converged IP networks. Scott Freshman, chief operating officer at Visionary Solutions, said: “This is video for audio pros. If you know how to use Dante for audio, you know how to use PacketAV Duet for video. It really does change everything.” IHSE showed a solution for extending and switching immersive reality signals over long distances – up to 80km – using its Draco KVM systems. Only a single CatX or fibre connection is required to extend a VR/AR system, CAVE or large LED wall. This approach enables users to switch multiple VR/AR headsets in different locations to centralised high-performance computers located in a secure room – eliminating the need to locate expensive PC hardware equipment close to users, or to buy multiple highperformance computers.

Also on show from Adder was the ADDERView DDX10 matrix, a highperformance KVM switch that provides powerful functionality inside a small, compact form factor. Featuring Adder’s lossless KVM extension technology with flexi-port switching capability, the DDX10 enables multiple users to access multiple computers located safely and securely inside the server room. A 30-port version, the DDX30, is also available.


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maximum performance and robustness.” InFocus’s new Jupiter StreamPoint streaming encoders was showcased alongside its PixelNet 2.0 distributed display wall system. StreamPoint encoders deliver up to four concurrent video streams and audio recordings, in 1080p HD or 4K UHD resolution. They enable users to upgrade nearly any display wall or collaborative visualisation system with technology for streaming and recording video. PixelNet 2.0 has added native support for 4K video, fibre network, and audio for a scalable UHD video distribution system that can support an unlimited number of inputs and displays in multiple locations globally. Among a staggering 40 new products announced by CYP was its Adaptive Visual Lossless Compression (AVLC). Described by the company as groundbreaking, AVLC is said to deliver genuine 4K UHD signals in perfect quality up to 70ms over a single run of Cat5e/6/7 cable. CYP is implementing AVLC into its range of HDBaseT extenders and matrixes. According to CYP, AVLC is important because, despite HDBaseT’s 10.2Gbps bandwidth limitation, AVLC can pass the 18Gbps data feeds required for 4K UHD HDMI video sources, up to and including 4K@60Hz (4:4:4, 8-bit), as well as 10/12-bit sources with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision. Also talking compression was intoPIX, which presented the latest advances of its TICO compression technology. This is moving into the final stages of standardisation as a new ISO image coding technology, called JPEG-XS. This will offer more compression efficiency while still retaining zero-millisecond latency and lossless quality, the company said. Xilinx has its eyes on the 8K market, and demonstrated a DisplayPort 1.4 FPGA core chip for transmitting and receiving uncompressed media streams up to 8K. “The entire industry is moving to 8K, from camera sensors to display panels,” said Ramesh Lyer, director pro AV and broadcast vertical marketing. “8K requires some type of connectivity for the video feed, and we have been investing in DisplayPort and HDMI technologies for the last five years.” The company also showcased a 4K-over-IP solution for transporting AV over IP networks. It uses the SMPTE 2110 standard, adopted by the broadcast industry for transporting media over IP.

Signal processing/management Barco was showing its Enterprise Virtual Matrix solution, which offers IP-based uncompressed video, audio and USB switching. The Enterprise Virtual Matrix, the company claims, brings the virtual matrix concept to the next level for use cases where no compromise

NETWORKING AND CONNECTIVITY can be made in latency, image quality or functionality, including high-resolution 3D and multi-projector synchronised set-ups. Crestron was demonstrating its cloud-based provisioning platform XiO Cloud. This enables centralised enterprise-wide configuration, monitoring, management and control of various Crestron hardware including DigitalMedia systems. Using drag-and-drop functionality, devices can be named, configured, and organised by groups and subgroups, with live monitoring and status reporting for all devices. Settings and firmware updates can be silently pushed to one or many devices. Kramer Electronics launched Kramer Network 2.0, an enterprise management platform designed to help users easily configure and manage their entire Kramer product range, Dante devices and third-party devices from anywhere in the world. “Kramer Network 2.0 was designed after a thorough research and development process which included feedback from customers in need of a true, all-encompassing management solution”, said David Margolin, vice president of marketing at Kramer. Kramer Network 2.0 is claimed to have all the features and capabilities for managing any AV deployment. Configuration time is reduced due to automated device detection and simplified firmware management in a consolidated device history log. Kramer Network also proactively generates email alerts and/or SNMP traps, making sure critical issues don’t go unnoticed. Kramer Network is available as a softwareonly solution or as a package – pre-installed on an industry standard server with audio DSP functionality. tvONE launched the CORIOview 4K multiwindow processor, which handles up to eight sources. Designed for ease of use and plug-andplay operation, CORIOview features auto-layout functionality which automates preset selection. For more advanced applications, users can take full control via the unit’s front panel, which gives access to user-definable or pre-programmable presets, video and audio switching. An info button displays on-screen information about the source and window selection. First-time ISE exhibitor Vitec was showcasing EZ TV, a broadcast-grade IPTV and digital signage platform. While EZ TV as a platform has been around for the last 10 years, the company has just integrated a new signage system into the IPTV solution, specifically for companies looking at AV systems. Targeted at enterprises, sports stadiums and arenas, and government agencies, EZ TV combines low-latency, broadcast-quality IPTV distribution with powerful digital signage capabilities.

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Audio over IP Merging Technologies announced enhancements to Aneman, described as the first cross-platform and cross-vendor audio network manager for audio-over-IP applications. Aneman allows the connection, monitoring and management of networked audio devices, particularly AES67, and as an open solution it allows new manufacturers to adapt it to their specific devices. The basic version, downloadable free, is designed to control any network featuring Merging Technologies devices, plus other partners’ equipment. ISE 2018 saw the launch of the Enterprise version, which can offer this capability to other manufacturers’ products, as well as the ability to manage larger networks. Audinate was showing Dante IP Core, a soft IP solution for audio manufacturers. This allows OEMs working with FPGA-based designs to add Dante audio connectivity to AV products at a lower cost and with greater flexibility than ever before. According to the company, development teams can save time, reduce BOM costs and minimise their internal footprint by using a single FPGA to implement both product applications and Dante audio networking. Dante IP Core is claimed to run efficiently alongside OEM product applications such as ASRC, audio encryption, and signal processing on a range of Xilinx FPGAs. This provides channel counts up to 512 x 512 with ultra-low latency and sub-microsecond synchronisation. ZeeVee was demonstrating its ZyPer4K video distribution solution, which offers virtual plug-and-play configuration with nearly any commercial off-the-shelf 10Gb Ethernet switch using the ZeeVee Management platform. Now in its third generation, ZyPer4K offers full HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 capability including support for uncompressed, ultra-low latency 4K video. Optional inputs for DisplayPort, HD-SDI and analogue are available for tailoring to specific applications. ZyPer4K incorporates Icron’s SwitchableUSB protocols, which enable users to switch USB 2.0 signals dynamically in conjunction with video; additionally, Icron’s Simultaneous Users Interaction enables ZeeVee’s MultiView function to monitor up to seven sources on a single display.


20 UNIFIED COMMS AND COLLABORATION

March 2018

Come together As collaboration spreads out from the meeting room, into huddle spaces and on to the devices of remote workers, ISE exhibitors were showing a wide variety of hardware and software products designed to help people to work together more effectively

HARDWARE Ashton Bentley launched its Meeting space products – a combination of AV systems and meeting tables with in-built technology and connectivity. New control and signal processing technology, plus a new user interface, are said to make operation even easier and more intuitive. Cat6 connectivity is now available between Ashton Bentley’s intelligent Meeting space tables and displays, as well as a new 75in 4K screen providing 4K from laptop to display. Tony Leedham from Ashton Bentley commented: “People see the table and display as separate things, but we have now built intelligence and connectivity into our tables. Through a connection hub we use a flat Cat6 cable to connect the intelligence in the table to the intelligence in the display.” Biamp showed the next generation of its Devio collaboration platform – which is claimed to be the industry’s first collaboration solution to offer beamtracking microphones. The new Devio models offer enhancements that broaden room design flexibility, deliver improved video capabilities, and expand support for VoIP/POTS handsets and mobile devices.

The Devio product family includes: the CR-1 DSP, optimised for small rooms and ready for BYOD use cases; SCR-20, which adds to CR-1’s capabilities with full integration of HDMI audio, support for 4K30 video, and HDCP 1.4; SCR-25, which adds support for Bluetooth and a wired VoIP/POTS headset interface; and the DTM-1 tabletop and DCM-1 ceiling microphones. With a focus on optimising huddle room spaces, Lifesize was showing the Icon 450 HD camera. This is equipped with a smart-framing sensor that automatically pans, tilts and zooms to the optimal position. When new participants join the meeting, the sensor readjusts and centres the frame. The camera is compact enough to sit comfortably in small huddle room spaces, and uses an 82º wideangle lens, capable of capturing all participants. Set-up is simple, says Lifesize, and the software automatically updates through the Lifesize cloudbased service. NewTek was showing the NDI HX, described as the world’s first network device interface (NDI) camera with video, audio, PTZ control, tally and power via one standard Ethernet cable. This 20x zoom IP video camera can transmit full 3G 1080p60 video directly to NDI-compatible

products across a standard network. Samsung’s Flip is a portable display that is designed to replace the traditional flipchart. The display’s embedded hall, proximity and accelerometer sensors immediately activate the system as participants approach, or lift a corresponding writing tool. Users can enjoy a smooth, natural writing experience comparable to that of a pen and paper, with up to four participants able to make notes at the same time. For added versatility, the display remains compatible with multiple writing tools and offers a variety of distinct font sizes, colours and textures. Urben Tech launched its Urben Frame Series of meeting room solutions. The company claims the Urben Frame Series is quick and easy to install, with no disruption to the fabric of the building. It also offers up to 40% cost savings versus traditional media wall installations due to its integrated design, according to the company. The series includes Urben Mini ultra-slim 32in to 55in screen solutions; Urben Single, Dual and Triple integrated solutions that are 204mm deep and range from 2m to 5.8m in width; Urben U2, U3 and U6P, which offer flexibility due to their angular footprints; and Urben Datapresence, which


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are immersive suites offering voice, data and collaborative touch functionality. ZeeVee was demonstrating Meeting Room in a Box – a complete starter kit that allows ‘pain-free’ installation of an AV over IP solution. By leveraging ZeeVee’s Zyper4K AV over IP signal distribution solution, the new kit is said to allow customers to distribute uncompressed 4K video with minimal installation and configuration time. Bob Michaels, ZeeVee CEO, commented: “A complex control system is not required because the ZyPer MaestroZ interface allows control from any device on the ZyPer network, and includes admin rights. Up to three sources can be switched to two screens and expanded up to eight more devices.”

SOFTWARE Crestron was showing version 2.0 of its AirMedia network-based wireless presentation technology. Built into popular Crestron presentation solutions, AirMedia 2.0 is said to deliver the fastest, easiest, most manageable and secure wireless presentation solution. It leverages the latest security protocols: 802.1x network access control; Active Directory user authentication; AES-128 content encryption; and SSH, SSL, TLS, and HTTPS. It frees people to sit or stand anywhere in the room and easily connect their smart devices and laptops to the room display, regardless of operating system. DisplayNote Technologies launched its new collaborative workspace solution, Mosaic. A software solution for Windows and Android, Mosaic combines video and voice and enables teams in different locations, on different displays, to collaborate in real-time on documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF), text, images and sketches in the same expansive workspace. Using proximity detection, in-room attendees can share content from an iOS device in to a collaborative workspace where it can be shared and edited. Using proximity detection and lowenergy Bluetooth, Mosaic allows users to push content from mobile devices into the workspace. Mosaic is included as the main collaborative workspace solution on NEC’s range of Infinity Boards and Sahara’s Clevertouch Pro series. Engage Works launched its CoCreate advanced collaboration software at ISE 2018. CoCreate brings content, data and ideas into a single digital environment. It combines a large touchscreen application, which pulls content from folders for display, annotation and manipulation across the entire touch surface, and an iPad companion app for the creation of transferable digital sticky notes, pictures and videos. It can also link multiple screens together and send content between them while allowing users to access multiple content streams simultaneously in an interactive environment. Google’s Scott Johnston (director, project

UNIFIED COMMS AND COLLABORATION management, G-Suite) updated ISE attendees with news of the rollout of its latest suite of conferencing products: Hangout Meet, Hangout Chat and Jamboard services. Originally designed for Google’s own demands across 40 offices and locations, the products are now successfully handling some 275,000 video meetings per day. Commercialised last October, the offering is now scalable to support larger rooms. “While video is in our culture, we also wanted a ROI on how we made use of our meeting rooms,” he said. “We are also trying to remove any potential friction in the use of a room.” Importantly, the Google solutions are accessible to mobile phones, tablets or laptops, without needing a physical location. Aimed at corporate and education markets, Kaptivo’s eponymously named solution takes a dry whiteboard presentation and shares it over a web browser, in real time. The only equipment required is a WiFi-enabled digital camera, which fits onto any whiteboard. The camera contains proprietary image processing and computer vision algorithms that constantly analyse the images on the board and only extract written ink information – the shadows and reflections caused by someone standing in front of the board are ignored. The data is streamed to a cloud server and authorised users equipped with a web browser can instantly access the presentation. Kaptivo also automatically captures everything written on the whiteboard and organises it into a series of slides, which can be converted to a PDF file and emailed to all the participants. MediaPlatform showcased its enterprise streaming platform, as well as its integration options for unified communications. MediaPlatform enables large-scale live streaming and on-demand video for executive messaging, e-learning, and collaboration. “It’s exciting to be able to share our award-winning Video Content Management platform and enterprise webcasting capabilities with the attendees of ISE,” said Mike Newman, CEO. The newest addition to Mersive’s Solstice product line, Solstice Kepler, provides alerts, real-time status, usage data, and other valuable meeting analytics for the Solstice deployment. The new service facilitates the day-to-day management of Solstice deployments and can inform the organisation’s workplace technology and space planning decisions. In addition to Solstice Kepler, Mersive showed version 3.1 of Solstice, with new features including room scheduling via calendar integration, expanded in-product language support, a fully redesigned welcome screen and more. The room scheduling feature integrates with Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Oblong Industries showcased the company’s range of Mezzanine immersive visual collaboration technology solutions. Recently

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added is the dynamic ‘Picture on Picture’ feature, which automates the size and position of the videoconferencing feed so that collaborators always have the best content-sharing experience. Other new features include: Microsoft Exchange integration, making it easy to schedule a Mezzanine room and join a meeting; Skype for Business integration; and an updated Mezzanine Screencast application for wireless screen sharing, now featuring auto-discovery and meeting support. Once the application is installed on a user’s device, all they need to do to connect to Mezzanine is be present in the room (similar to the ease of access of joining a known WiFi connection). Datapath demonstrated its Quant application-sharing software designed for videowall users working in collaborative business environments. Its capabilities allow users to view and share application windows, as well as interact and make changes to original source files. Quant has been designed to work in conjunction with Datapath’s WallControl 10 software and its secure sharing structure makes it equally suitable for command and control rooms, classrooms and boardrooms.

Clevertouch was highlighting the newest features of the Pro Series IR Touch – in 55in, 65in, 70in, 75in and 86in models. These include mobile device management, overthe-air updates, and a precision-experience stylus. The 65in capacitive cross-platform unit enables people with Samsung phones, Apple iPhones and Windows laptops to share content wirelessly, and work on it together. Also on show was the CleverShare 2.0 wireless device, which connects via the user’s laptop’s USB port and allows them to show and edit their laptop’s content on a Clevertouch display. Up to 32 connections can share content on a single screen.


22 AUDIO

March 2018

Sounding good Audio has continued to grow in both size and importance on the ISE show floor in recent years. Here are some of the 2018 highlights Ashby-8C with an 8in low-mid driver. Both employ a concentric 0.75in metal dome tweeter and are housed in integral, quick-mount metal backcans with Phoenix connectors. RCF was showing its range of EN54-24 certified products. The PL series – the wideband PL 50EN and PLP 50EN and the two-way coaxial PL 82EN – is designed for recess installation in false ceilings or panels and features a flameproof protection dome. The RCF MR 52EN is a compact, two-way loudspeaker, intended for use in both alarm and business music systems. A thermal fuse protects the integrity of the line in case of heat affecting the speaker.

LOUDSPEAKERS

MICROPHONES

Audac launched three new series of ceiling speakers. The entry-level Cena series has a low-profile construction that allows placement in locations with limited ceiling space. The Cira series is said to have many advantages normally found only in premium-priced ceiling speakers, with a well-balanced, two-way speaker combination that fills an entire room. The Cali series has a metal dome to protect against debris and enhance sound quality. Genelec was promoting its increased focus on loudspeakers for the AV installation market. The company has a range of in-wall, in-ceiling and IP-based speakers as well as its better known freestanding or wall mounted models. Target markets include top-end retail, boardrooms, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. The JBL Pro SoundBar from Harman Professional Solutions is an active soundbar designed specifically for commercial applications, such as hotel guest rooms and cruise ship staterooms. By eliminating unnecessary features often found in consumer-grade soundbars, the company says it can provide its customers with the audio clarity and experience they want at a very attractive price point, while also including features not found on consumer models. Making their debut on the Meyer Sound stand were the Ashby Series of self-powered ceiling loudspeakers – the latest addition to a growing family of installation products incorporating the company’s IntelligentDC technology. The series comprises two flush-mount models: the Ashby-5C with a 5in low-mid cone driver, and the

ClearOne debuted the Analog X version of its Ceiling Microphone Array. The model features numbered mic-elements for identification, an LED indicator for on/off/mute, and the ability to daisychain up to four ceiling microphone arrays to make 12 microphone systems. It can be installed anywhere from zero to up to 2.1m from the ceiling, and is optimised for speech intelligibility. DPA Microphones launched its d:sign range of mics and accessories at the show. The series is intended to combine sleek design with high audio quality, even in acoustically challenging spaces – to create a functional yet aesthetically pleasing meeting or conference space. The range includes table top, ceiling and floor standing microphones, ranging from the boundary layer mount to an assortment of gooseneck devices.

AMPLIFICATION, DISTRIBUTION & CONTROL DiGiCo’s new 4REA4 installed audio solution is aimed at venues with multiple performance areas, such as cruise ships or houses of worship. The 4REA4 processing engine rack has four dedicated mix areas or zones, each with its own stereo master output, CGs, and allocated FX. Managing the mixing and routing of each individual local performance area is a new range of hardware control panels and external I/O units that work in conjunction with the 4REA4 processing engine and control software. L-Acoustics was showing the L-ISA Private sound system, which combines an immersive 24-channel audio platform and professional-grade loudspeakers, proprietary processing hardware and software-based audio tools. All L-ISA Private solutions offer 18 main channels, a bass channel and up to five overhead channels. The OCA Alliance, the association that promotes the AES70 standard, was showing products from new association members. Ethan Wetzell, Bosch Security Systems’ engineering core platform strategist and OCA spokesperson,

WIRELESS AUDIO The third generation of Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series frequency-agile true diversity UHF wireless systems made its European debut at ISE 2018. The receiver has been updated with a tuning bandwidth of 230MHz (470–700MHz), and users can choose between a standard receiver with two balanced XLR outputs (ATWR5220) and a receiver that also includes a Dante output (ATW-R5220DAN). beyerdynamic launched the Unite digital wireless communication system, which offers new options for guided tours. Its talkback function means visitors’ questions can be transmitted via the system, making tours interactive and creating a dialogue with visitors.

said: “One thing I’ve noted over the past 12 months is that questions about AES70 are no longer about what it is, and are shifting to ‘How do I use it? How can I find it? What are some resources that are available?’” Powersoft launched the Duecanali 804 and Duecanali 4804, a two-channel amplifier platform with optional DSP and Dante. The Duecanali 4804 provides 2 x 2,400W at 4 ohms, a power output suitable for small to medium-sized installations. The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is required.


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24 BEST OF SHOW

March 2018

NewBay Best of Show Awards at ISE 2018 Once again, NewBay ran its Best of Show Awards competition at ISE 2018. Participating brands were Installation, AV Technology Europe, Audio Media International and PSNEurope. Exhibitors were allowed to enter any product that was new to the ISE show. Below is a list of the winning products selected by Installation’s team of judges Bose – EdgeMax Featuring PhaseGuide technology, EdgeMax in-ceiling loudspeakers project high-frequency sound throughout rooms up to 20m-wide using only perimeter mounting locations. Canon – WUX7000Z Like its other newly launched models, the WUX7000Z laser projector features a revamped, compact design and higher luminance. It also includes Canon’s new optical system, AISYS 4.2 and LCOS reflective panel technology. Cleerline – SSF-CLEER900 The new SSF-CLEER900 fibre optic cable is a single strand of SSF 0.25mm fibre contained within a 0.9mm transparent jacket. The cable can be routed and placed inconspicuously along baseboards or ceilings, up walls, or directed anywhere for easy indoor point-topoint cable placement. Crestron – DigitalMedia 4K60 4:4:4 This HDR network AV encoder/decoder transports UHD 4K60 4:4:4: video over standard gigabit Ethernet. Support for HDR video (HDR10) and HDCP 2.2 ensures picture quality and compatibility for today’s varied media sources. Crestron – XiO Cloud The XiO Cloud platform provides IT managers with a centralised tool that enables them to deploy and manage 100 or 1,000 devices in the same amount of time as it would to manage just one. D-Tools – Mobile Quote 2.0 A native iPad companion app for the D-Tools System Integrator (SI) platform, it has been redesigned for a more intuitive, expedient, and visually impactful experience.

tool-less micro adjustment, and a contactless electric pop-out mechanism to access each display in the videowall. Holovis – LearnView LearnView is a software suite created to simulate training scenarios and bring complex datasets to life in real-time for the user. This can be experienced through a networked, free roaming VR set-up (as demoed at ISE) or within a CAVE. Kramer – CAHM The latest addition to Kramer’s cable offering, CAHM is claimed to be the industry’s first active HDMI copper cable running 18Gbps up to 20m. It provides a perfect solution for delivering 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI 2.0 signals over long distances. LD Systems – MAUI P900 The future of pro audio design according to the company, the MAUI P900 active column PA system combines state-of-the-art technology with iconic design and exclusive materials. Leon Speakers – Horizon Interactive FIT Unlike other soundbars, the Horizon Interactive FIT not only delivers high-fidelity audio, but also provides internal storage space to discreetly house a variety of small format AV components. Middle Atlantic – Proximity Series In a first for the industry, Middle Atlantic debuted the Proximity Series Sliding Mounting Plate. It has been designed to solve the growing complexity of supporting decentralised systems in residential applications providing integrators with an AV storage offering that delivers more access to residential AV systems.

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WINNER surface. Available in any size up to 3 x 6m and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Showlogix – Showrunner This show control and multi-display software platform features is an all-in-one system for creating immersive shows at amusement parks, museums, exhibitions, visitor centres etc. Shure – MXCW Microflex Complete Wireless System is an integrated audio system for conferences and meetings. With maximum scalability and features, it is suitable for structured discussions that follow an agenda. SiliconCore – Z.A.C.H After three years of research and development, SiliconCore launched a new LED driver chip to its range of LED displays. Z.A.C.H enhances the dynamic range and colour fidelity of the picture. Symetrix – SymVue Designed to control various Symetrix DSPs, this is a network-resident application supporting custom GUIs authored using Symetrix Composer, running on Symetrix Control Server hardware.

Dynacord – IPX series This range of multi-channel power amplifiers incorporates OMNEO IP networking architecture and audio performance for fixed install venues.

Media Solutions – MS-TestPro An affordable solution for in-the-field testing of HDBaseT based systems and cabling, the MS-TestPro includes built-in monitoring, logging and diagnostics.

WolfVision – vSolution MATRIX An AVoIP collaboration solution, vSolutions MATRIX uses multiple Cynap / Cynap Core units to stream video and audio between multiple screens using existing network infrastructure.

Edbak – ERM100 This electric flat screen wall mount for recessed installations brings robust quality,

Seloy Live – SENSE SENSE is a combination of a transparent insulating glass unit and interactive touch foil

The full Best of Show at ISE 2018 digital edition, with full dealers of entrants and winners across all four participating NewBay brands, is available to read online – go to https://bit.ly/2Gxjzgj


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