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Stand Design Awards finalists announced The finalists in the second annual ISE Stand Design Awards competition, organised by EXHIBITOR magazine, have been announced. One winner in each category will be named during a free awards ceremony starting at 16:00 today, in the AVIXA Commercial Solutions Theatre (sponsored by Crestron) – stand 8-A470.
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Small Stand (49sqm or less) • Alchemy (15-Q270) • ASL (Application Solutions Ltd) (7-C230) • beMatrix (12-P80) • Elo Touch Solutions (8-K220) • Lithoss (9-E170) • Moobo (15-S300) • Mood Media (8-G100) • One Smart Control (9-E176) • Seloy Live (15-S290) • Volume Network (15-S250) Medium Stand (50-199sqm) • ATEN (8-E200) • Basalte (5-R20) • Cisco (11-C130) • CTOUCH Smart Innovation (15-K265) • Genelec (3-C100) • Google (15-B200) • Jung (9-E122) • LedGo Sales BV (8-K120) • LINDY (8-G200) • Opto Tech Corporation (8-C320) Large Stand (200-399sqm) • Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic (Absen) (12-C50) • Audio-Technica (7-N190) • BenQ Europe (5-U20) • Philips Professional Display Solutions (10-K170) • Shure Europe (3-B110) • Vestel Group (10-P150) XL Stand (400sqm or more) • Christie (1-H70) • Epson Europe (1-H90) • Harman Professional (1-F5, 1-F10, 1-N5) • LG Electronics (12-K90) • NEC Display Solutions (5-R20) • Panasonic Marketing Europe (1-H20) • Samsung Electronics (4-S100)
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BY ELLIOT HERMAN It might be cold outside, but visitors to the ISE show have been impressed both by the technology on show, and the warm welcome they’ve received from stand staff. Many ISE exhibitors are reporting huge interest in creative uses of new and existing technology, such as large-format, high-definition LED displays,
including those seen on Hunan Yestech Optoelectronic’s stand in Hall 8 (pictured above), which also featured a ‘Magic Stage’ interactive floor. Interactivity, XR and IP-based technologies are playing a huge part in the show this year, as manufacturers take the opportunity to reach large numbers of attendees and meet new prospects for the coming year.
Drones draw in Hall 14 Crowds are being drawn to the Stampede Drone Arena in Hall 14 for more reasons than one: not only can visitors see impressive demonstrations of many models of drones, but they can also enter a daily draw to win one. To take part, just leave your details in the raffle drum.
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First time exhibitors enjoy ISE experience While some AV companies prefer simply to visit, others see it as such a vital way of meeting customers that they become exhibitors. The ISE Daily’s team of writers chatted to some who are taking a stand for the first time
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Mapping Masters judged tonight
Tonight sees the judging take place for the World Masters of Projection Mapping competition. Works by five internationally internationally renowned video artists will be beamed across the river IJ onto the façade of the EYE Filmmuseum, and also onto specially installed water screens. To get the best possible view of the projections, boat trips – beginning shortly after the show ends at 18:00 – are available, departing from the RAI. These can be booked via the ISE website or at information stands at the show. The winner will be announced at a special Awards Showcase in the RAI Forum at 12:30 tomorrow. The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a joint venture between ISE, RAI Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Light Festival. Turn to page 9 for more details.
Energy evangelist: ‘Build an internet of your things’ BY ANN-MARIE CORVIN Does a KNX building speak IoT? According to self-titled ‘smart buildings evangelist’ Rik Vereecken, the answer is that any building can, no matter what the standard, so long as you equip it with sensors and gather and analyse the correct data. Addressing this question in a session at the CEDIA Smart Building Solutions Theatre (sponsored by KNX) in Hall 10, Vereecken shared
his insight into how buildings could make efficiencies both now and in the future. According to Vereecken, due to the fact that buildings are responsible for 40% of all energy consumption, efficiencies can be made immediately if integrators started collecting and analysing data to identify inefficiencies and heating faults. He added that his firm ByNubian – which offers solutions for capturing
and analysing building and sensor data – has collected data from thousands of sensors and has found that one in three installations are not working efficiently. “Integrators need to start collecting data to make efficiencies. What the manufacturer might say about energy emissions isn’t always the same in practice,” he said. “They often think everything is working okay and then, one or two years down the line, are surprised to
receive huge energy bills.” Once building data is analysed and the source of a fault identified, problems can be corrected within ten minutes in some instances, according to to Vereecken. He argued that a building doesn’t need to be at the point where an extractor fan is talking to its heating system, but firms can start building ‘an internet of your things’, integrating their building devices so that they analyse behaviour convert
building and operational data into ‘real value’. ‘Data analytics only become valuable when you integrate them into buildings and standardise them,’ he added. Moving onto his vision for the future, he said that growth enablers such as open architecture, advanced building detectors, and the connectivity of devices would lead to fully automated digital buildings which are able to conduct two-way communications between systems.
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DSS ISE: moves to consolidation, integration and professionalism BY ANN-MARIE CORVIN 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, revealed this insight and other trends in the digital signage market at the opening keynote for DSS ISE yesterday morning. According to Rotberg, 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 that reveal the global digital signage market is now worth $12.6 billion and grew by 22% in 2017. And 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
Stand: 11-A110 The first day of ISE 2018 saw two visual collaboration specialists, Viju and VisionsConnected, announcing they have joined forces to form a single brand identity as Kinly, making the new company among the largest audiovisual system integrators in the world. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the combined company now has corporate and public customers in over 120 countries from established office locations throughout EMEA, the US and APAC. Kinly’s management team includes the expertise and experience of both companies with the former Viju CEO, Odd Sverre Østlie, becoming Kinly’s CEO. VisionsConnected’s founder and CEO, Raymond Alves, will spearhead Kinly’s solutions and services development in his new role as chief solutions officer. Odd Sverre Østlie said: “The opportunity to create a world-leading global visual collaboration specialist under a fresh new brand that builds on the best of two already highly successful companies is a wonderful opportunity for us and our clients. Our
ELOTOUCH Stand: 8-K220
“Everything we’ve preached has come to fruition” - invidis consulting’s Florian Rotberg
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 SIs 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 three main players would dominate the market – Adobe, Google and Samsung –
Integrator duo joins forces to create AV giant Kinly
Android touchscreen upgrades announced
brand promise is ‘Working Together. Everywhere.’ “Our role is to provide a seamless and reliable experience that enables people to work together effectively and with ease, wherever they are and regardless of whether they need to connect to one person or 100. Customer experience is one of our top priorities; as one of the world’s leading specialists our aim is to harness our collective talent, expertise and experience to make collaboration between people and organisations.” Kinly’s CSO Raymond Alves explained: “The workplace is changing as traditional barriers that used to be defined by time and space become less relevant. The array of video communications, audiovisual and collaboration technologies available can be bewildering, which is why it is so important to have a trusted partner when it comes to bringing all these technologies together to provide a solution that is right for you. Kinly is committed to the continued development of our collaboration solutions and services to help you improve workflow and get the very best out of your business.”
because no one will take them over, and they are large enough to deliver services across the world. Integrators are also experimenting with complementary solutions for 360 experiences – including “interaction, lighting, scent and sound”, said Rotberg. None of this, he added, would replace storytelling. This point was echoed by fellow panellist John Melillo, CEO of global integrator brand Diversified, who said during the presentation that followed: “I don’t like hang and bang – that’s where we were 10 years ago. If you are not working with your partners today and asking about the storytelling, you are missing the point of our business,” he said.
Launched at ISE 2018, Elo, global manufacturer and supplier of touchscreen computing solutions, has released the I-Series 2.0 for Android. A wholly upgraded product suited for commercial 10in to 22in touchscreen applications, this Androidpowered platform combines the ease of use of a consumer device with commercial durability. From quick-service restaurant self-order systems and retail POS to hospitality information systems, self-check-in and meeting room scheduling, the I-Series 2.0 is an ideal solution 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. Greg Sosinski, product management for EloTouch solutions takes the ISE Daily through the product: “All of our products are customer lead innovations. As Elo is focused solely on interactive products, applications and solutions, we are finding that our
Greg Sosinski, product management for Elo Touch Solutions
interactive applications is the sales area that’s rapidly growing. “Our customers seek flexibility and cost-effectiveness and our Elo I-Series 2.0 platform is growing with that demand.” Performance upgrades to the I-Series 2.0 include the Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, Android 7.1, more RAM and storage and is available in three sizes – 10in, 1in and 22in. The I-Series is now offered in two performance options – a premium version targeted for mPOS, self-order and kiosk applications and a value model suited for simpler signage applications. Optional peripherals include a Honeywell 2D barcode scanner, a Magtek encryptable MSR, an NFC adapter and an EMV cradle for payment.
Taking 3D holograms to the highest level HOLOTRONICA Stand: 12-A80
Stuart Warren-Hill is talking about his work with the stars of music in 2017, and what’s next for 2018
Holo-Gauze 3D display solution for large hologram effects from Holotronica is being demonstrated here at ISE by managing director and developer of the gauze and 3D system, Stuart Warren-Hill. The company has had a phenomenal year, doubling its turnover for the third year in a row. This is in part thanks to working with the likes of Realtime Environmental Systems (RES) and creative director Liam Tomaszewski to realise DJ Eric Prydz’s holographically enhanced performance for his EPIC 5.0 show, debuting at London’s Victoria Park in May, plus Beyoncé for her performance during last year’s GRAMMY Awards, and the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. Warren-Hill said: “I’m here at ISE to see Gerriets, our distributor, and to find hire partners. This year is looking good so far; in just the last week I’ve had four amazing enquiries.”
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Google expands Hangouts Meet and Jamboard across Europe BY CHRIS FORRESTER Google’s Scott Johnston (director of project management for G Suite) updated ISE attendees with news of the rollout of its latest suite of conferencing products, Hangout Meet, Hangout Chat and Jamboard services. Speaking in the AVIXA Unified Commuications Theatre (sponsored by Crestron), he said the products were originally designed for Google’s own demands across 40 offices and locations, and are now successfully handling some 275,000 video meetings per day. Commercialised last October, it has now been extended across most of Europe (eight countries were added on Monday alongside its existing service in the UK) and
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 added. “We are also trying to remove any potential friction in the use of a room.” Importantly, access to the Google solutions was made available without needing a physical location, whether to mobile phones, tablets or laptops. “Our software algorithms are also earning all the time,” Johnston added. “We all know that agreeing a time for a meeting can be a nightmare, but it can learn how flexible some people are and can accommodate that. Our aim is to accelerate efficiency and become a living asset to any organisation.”
Scott Johnston, Google director of project management for G-Suite
Differentiating through increased productivity CANON Stand: 1-F90
Michael Heiss, a CEDIA Fellow with a long history of the industry, dazzled ISE delegates with a CEDIA Talk entitled ‘The Future of Video Technology’. He advised equipment installers that as well as staying updated on the latest – and likely – technology, they should not to forget to talk to the client! While seemingly obvious, he pointed out suppliers needed to know precisely how entertainment was being used, and to be prepared for wider use of 4G/LTE and 5G.
New product range changes mindset
In a projector world in which differentiation is becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find, Colin Boyle, product marketing specialist for projection at Canon, is clear about his company’s direction. “For us, it’s about collaboration and partnership,” he told the ISE Daily. “In the case of systems integrators, that means helping them do as well as possible by providing the features and functionalities that will make them more productive. For endusers, it’s about making their lives easier.”
As an example, he points out that new Canon projectors feature a WiFi capability that allows one projector to be set up, and to then share its settings with up to eight others. The company has also implemented a new form of lens fixing – ‘borrowed’ from its broadcast activities – that makes mounting a lens both faster and more secure. That, he says, is a boon to productivity in an edge blending application. For end-users, Canon provides software that not only identifies the fault affecting a projector, but also how to fix it. This it ’borrowed’ from its photocopier business. For certain projector models, it also offers a next day loaner system in the event of projector failure.
ATOMOS Stand: 8-R215
Stephan Kexel, global sales manager, Atomos
A new exhibitor at this year’s ISE is Atomos. The Australianbased company usually exhibits at broadcast trade shows with a large 200sqm stand, but has never previously considered its products a suitable fit for the AV industry. However, a new convertor product range introduced in September has changed its perception. Atomos global sales manager Stephan Kexel told the ISE Daily: “In addition to the change in our product range last year, we thought it would be good to test the water. “Albeit a small area – we call this our ‘meeting point’ – it’s proved to be really worthwhile as we’re getting a lot of footfall. “We expect to be back again for next year’s ISE but this time with our Atomos-standard larger stand.”
Canon’s Colin Boyle wants to make end-users lives easier
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World Masters of Projection Mapping – behind the scenes The climax of this inaugural competition is tonight. To bring the event into being has involved consulting and considering numerous stakeholders Testing the projectors before the competition began last month (Picture: © Janus van den Eijnden)
f, during your time in Amsterdam this week, you’ve seen any of the video artworks being projected onto the EYE Filmmuseum, you’ll be interested to know that tonight is when all five of the competition entries will be shown
to an international jury – and the public. Probably the best way to see the World Masters of Projection Mapping is from a boat: trips, organised by competition partner Artifex, will leave from the RAI shortly after the exhibition closes.
A range of on-board hospitality packages is available – details are on the ISE website. Alternatively, the projections can best be seen from in front of Central Station or from the Amsterdam Tower. This evening’s event, which involves projecting onto water
screens in the River IJ as well as mapping onto the museum façade, begins at 19:45, with viewers requested to be in position by 19:30. The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a joint venture between ISE, RAI Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Light Festival. Technical partners that have supplied equipment for the competition are Panasonic, disguise (formerly D3 Technologies), Lightware and Alcons Audio, while local integrator BeamSystems is responsible for AV installation. “The ambitions of the WMPM project presented us with a complex arena of organisations and interests that was almost unprecedented,” Rembrandt Boswijk, the competition’s technical project manager, told us. “All parties involved expected to get something out of it, which created a complicated maze of interests. “First, we have to think about how people will experience this giant canvas. What could potentially obstruct their view, and how do you guide people
in public space – making sure they don’t fall into the water, hypnotised by the work? It turned out to be much harder to step into this audience’s shoes that we expected.” Plus, of course, there was liaison with the technical partners mentioned above, as well as the video artists who are taking part in the competition. “And then we have the city of Amsterdam, the actual landowner and the party issuing all permits, waivers and licences; the EYE Filmmuseum as a canvas and as an event venue; nearby buildings, such as the A’DAM tower; the companies and residents around the EYE; and all ferry travellers that we bothered… the cyclists and pedestrians travelling with the city ferries were a crucial party in our enterprise.” So if you’re watching the competition tonight, or attending the Awards Cermony tomorrow, spare a thought for all the organisation and logistics that have gone into it. Fortunately, Boswijk is unbowed: “I can hardly wait for the next edition,” he said.
An engaging speaker line-up at SVFE Who’s got the best ISE stands? SVGEurope has assembled an impressive roster of speakers for the new Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit, which takes place today
he successor to the well-established Sports Venue Technology Summit, the Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit has an expanded focus: rather than looking purely at AV and broadcast technology, it will also consider other areas related to the overall experience of the modern stadium – in particular those technologies geared towards enhancing fan engagement, including mobile and OTT services. Speakers span the full spectrum of pro AV, broadcast and venue operations. Following introductory remarks, the conference will open with a panel session entitled ‘Stadiums Present and Future: Design Trends and Operational Changes’. This will explore how stadiums can be designed to be adaptable and flexible, to ensure they will meet the various expectations of different stakeholders. Among the experts giving their views will be Paul Brislin, an architect who leads Arup Associates Sport Architecture and Arup Sport Venue Design; Mike Bondhiek, managing director of PTI Consulting, who has worked across 11 major venues and on two stadium migrations; and Mark Kelly, managing director of Ashton Gate Ltd, which runs the home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby. Kelly’s colleague Paul Lipscombe is head of technology at Ashton Gate Stadium, where he has been tasked with delivering a connected stadium.
He will be one of the members of the afternoon panel entitled ‘New Initiatives to Engage with Fans and Maximise Revenue Streams’. Among those joining him will be Jeroen van Iersel, marketing manager of Amsterdam ArenA; and James Middling, global head of sports and events at Mott McDonald, where he delivers major sports venues and their associated infrastructure. ‘Even Closer to the Action: The Future of Fan Engagement’ will consider the latest innovations in fan engagement. The experts contributing to the debate here include Charlie Marshall, COO of Supponor, which operates in the emerging field of augmented reality digital replacement for real-time broadcast and streaming of in-venue advertising; and Hassan Peymani, director and co-founder of Volcano City, which delivers live streaming and localisation solutions for clients worldwide. The Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit takes place in Room E102 from 09:30 to 16:00 today. It is free to attend.
oday at 16:00 in the AVIXA Commercial Solutions Theatre (sponsored by Crestron) in Hall 8, the best stands at ISE 2018 will be honoured in a special awards ceremony. Returning after their successful launch last year, the ISE Stand Design Awards will see every single ISE stand compete, across four size categories: Small (49sqm and less), Medium (50-199sqm), Large (200-399sqm), and XL (400sqm and more). Like last year, ISE has no influence on the competition: the awards are being managed again by EXHIBITOR magazine. Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR, along with senior writer and awards programme manager Linda Armstrong, completed the initial round of judging on site, and the finalists in each category were presented with a plaque yesterday. An expert panel will choose the winners, based on a series of assessment criteria. These include effective design realisation/fabrication, integration of technology, use of space and overall impactful presence.
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Today’s Professional Development picks Before ISE 2018 began, we asked some attendees to pick out a session from today’s AVIXA, CEDIA and Show Floor Theatre programmes that particularly spoke to them. Here’s what they chose
Nicolai Landschultz, a director at UK residential integrator IndigoZest, recommends: HDR - The Next Big Thing Presenter: David Meyer, CEDIA 09:30-11:00, Room D202 (presented by CEDIA) €140 (included in CEDIA Pass and SUPERPASS) Session description: Joel Silver of ISF says that “HDR is the biggest thing to happen to video since the introduction of colour”. Where resolution is a matter of detail relative to viewing distance, HDR is more importantly about realistic, immersive video, irrespective of display size. This class will give students a clear understanding of what HDR is really all about, and the benefits to end users and technology integrators alike. Attendees will look at the different (competing) types of HDR, static versus dynamic, and what elements need to be in place to achieve it. Includes background on gamma and standards, and touches on delivery methods including OTT, HDMI 2.1 and HDBaseT. Landshultz says: “I want to be on the forefront of understanding this technology. It’s important to me that I can correctly advise my clients and specify the best products for the job. HDR doesn’t yet seem cut-and-dried so there’ll no doubt be a lot of things to look out for. Hopefully this course will help.”
Neil Voce, head of business development at audio manufacturer ASL (Application Solutions), recommends: Why AV and IT Guys Need to Know about AES67 The Common Standard for Audio Networking Presenters: Richard Northwood (RH Consulting) and Andreas Hildebrand (ALC networx) 13:30-14:00, AVIXA Commercial Solutions Theatre (sponsored by Crestron) Free to attend Session description: The transition to digital is not just out of customer choice; a growing number of products are networked only. But how do you know that the networking technology you plan to use is here to stay? How can you help future-proof your installations? In this seminar, Richard Northwood lays out the landscape on the use of networked audio technology based on his research – the only such carried out in the industry. He then explains what AES67 is and how it might offer IT professionals, AV integrators and consultants a convenient way of deploying networked audio. Voce says: “The audio industry isn’t going to be exempt from the ‘let’s make everything IP’ tide that is sweeping the commercial world. Therefore we have to welcome in the IT guys and get them to see our particular focus – particularly on the ‘getting all the packets to arrive in order’ metric which is essential for audio. AES67 is going to halo with that, and I am sure Richard is the right guy to explain it.”
Paul Nolan, a director at UK integrator Integrated Circles, recommends: Panel Debate: Making Collaboration Work! Moderator: Clive Couldwell, editor, AV magazine 15:00-16:00, AVIXA Unified Communications Solutions Theatre (sponsored by Crestron)
Bob Snyder, content chairman of the Smart Building Conference, recommends: How To Create a Managed Service Offering Presenter: William Tinnel, Utelogy 15:00-16:30, Room D204 (presented by AVIXA)
Free to attend
€140 (included in AVIXA Pass and SUPERPASS)
Session description: Companies are facing big technology investment decisions, as well as having to operate in a more agile way. How can you plan for these challenges? Do you have a structured programme to evaluate new technologies against a clear understanding of how they’ll benefit your customers? When smart boards were introduced years ago, it was only in facilitated environments that they provided any value, as most users ended up using them as simple displays. Will history repeat itself with the latest collaborative solutions? Come and watch this industry debate with a panel of collaboration experts.
Session description: The surge in open platforms and cloudbased services has finally made its way into AV in recent years. For the industry overall, open technologies are helping organisations move away from their ‘black box’ approach; there is a renewed focus for companies to provide results over technologies. Vendors that provide open platforms and cloud-based services are designing their business models to create opportunities with these new technology investments. Nearly all of these opportunities have to do with the speed of doing business - a critical factor to gaining competitive advantage among agile competitors.
Nolan says: “Good collaboration plays an important role in achieving successful project outcomes. I’m expecting this to be a lively ISE debate, given the significance of technology as a collaboration enabler both in on-site and remote sessions. “There will have been a few show days to absorb new trends and products available on the floor, and with the panel representing end-users, the hardware supply chain, technologists and cloud providers, I expect this session should provide a 360º view of technology, processes and user interfacing that we do not get too often. I hope it will release a few nuggets of insight to take away.”
Snyder says: “No matter how successful you are now, the future belongs to managed services. The digital disruption once feared has now been embraced and with it comes more and more demand for managed services from end users and vendor – as well as from distributors in the middle. The biggest obstacle to growing a managed services business is lack of experience so it is a guru-driven business where you need Sherpas to guide you through the peaks and valleys. This session appeals to me as way to step into managed services, to future-proof your business, and to learn from the experiences of those who have passed over this terrain before you.”
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Nighttime is the right time for visitor attraction development A new conference explores the trend for after-dark events in the visitor attraction sector
brand new half-day conference – blooloopLIVE at ISE: Creating Nighttime Spectaculars – debuts tomorrow at ISE. Nighttime events are becoming increasingly popular in the visitor attractions industry as venues seek to increase their offering, extend their opening hours and become more of a destination in their own right. These events can range from simple live performances to complex, multifaceted productions using video mapping, lighting and laser effects. blooloopLIVE at ISE: Creating Nighttime Spectaculars is an experiential-themed conference that will explore the trends involved in delivering these nocturnal spectacles. Leading creatives behind some of the world’s most remarkable shows, as well as leading AV players, will explore key examples of their work. Attendees will also hear from attractions’ operators about how such events impact their business by driving visitor numbers and increasing dwell time. blooloopLIVE at ISE is sponsored by digital projection and display technology company Christie and by awardwinning creator of multimedia spectaculars Laservision. A highlight of the conference will be Philippe Bergeron, a Hollywood actor, computer animation pioneer and projection mapping expert. As president of Paintscaping, Bergeron has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry on unforgettable projection mapping projects, some of which he will discuss in his presentation. Charles Read, managing director of blooloop, commented: “The work produced by Philippe and Paintscaping is phenomenal, and we are delighted to be able to offer attendees of the blooloopLIVE conference the
opportunity to gain valuable insight into this.” Bob Montgomery, CEO of Longleat, will talk about how the addition of evening events and attractions has had a significant impact on business at the historic attraction that he runs – which comprises a fine Elizabethan mansion, landscaped gardens and a safari park. Longleat has seen four successive years of record revenues since Montgomery joined Longleat Enterprises in 2013. Also on the speaker lineup is Rob Paul, a director of London-based audiovisual leader LCI Productions. Paul will discuss his work with Longleat, one of the UK’s biggest cultural and wildlife attractions. The addition of nighttime events to the offering at Longleat has transformed its fortunes and delivered a stunning visitor experience for its guests. Work at the British theme park Fantasy Island will be presented by Peter Cliff, creative director at attractions technology leader Holovis. In particular, he will discuss how Holovis used the digital medium to bring new life to the park’s existing infrastructure. Visitors are staying longer, thus increasing spend per head and delivering tangible ROI benefits to the park. Last year, French company ECA2 transformed the River Danube and the city of Budapest into a blizzard of colour and spectacle for the opening ceremony for the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships. Jean-Christophe Canizares, CEO of ECA2, which has created multimedia spectaculars across the world, will discuss the art of creating such events and will highlight the importance of story. blooloopLIVE starts at 09:30 in Room E102 tomorrow, and concludes just before the World Masters of Projection Mapping Awards ceremony. Tickets are €150 +VAT (€125 for AVIXA and CEDIA members).
WMPM awards ceremony at lunchtime tomorrow
udging for the World Masters of Projection Mapping will be carried out by an international jury, led by Lennart Booij, creative director of Amsterdam Light Festival. Other jury members are Jaap Guldemond, director of exhibitions, EYE Filmmuseum (curator); Marente Bloemheuvel, associate curator of EYE Filmmuseum; Jozef Hey, founder and owner of BeamSystems; Giny Vos, artist; and Paul James, editor in chief of Mondo*arc. The winner of the inaugural World Masters of Projection Mapping competition will be revealed at a special awards ceremony at ISE tomorrow at 12:30 in the Forum. All five finalists will be on stage at the ceremony, and will present their entries to the audience, discuss what inspired them and talk about the production techniques they have used. The overall winner will be then be announced.
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InfoComm 2018 will bring the Integrated Life to Vegas this June Get planning for InfoComm 2018, where the exclusive Integrated Life event will offer trends, technologies, business models, and forecasts for the AV market
nfoComm 2018 will land in Las Vegas this year on 6-8 June at the Las Vegas Convention Center. New to the show is the Integrated Life programme, a one-day thought-leadership event on 5 June focused on the crossover opportunities between the commercial and residential audiovisual markets. In addition, the InfoComm 2018 exhibition floor will have an area devoted to Integrated Life solutions, showcasing smart lighting, sensor technology, building and home automation, voice control, integrated security, mobile AV and much more. AVIXA, the producer of InfoComm shows around the world, has partnered with Parks Associates, an internationally recognised market research and consulting company specialising in emerging consumer technology products and services, to support the inaugural Integrated Life programme at InfoComm 2018. Parks Associates
hosts CONNECTIONS Summits in the US and Europe, as well as Connected Health and Smart Energy Summits, attracting thousands of executives interested in gaining strategic insight into trends affecting today’s consumers. Integrated Life at InfoComm 2018 sessions will address trends, technologies, business models and forecasts for the AV market through interactive panel discussions and presentations. They will cover an array of hotbutton topics, including the impact of artificial intelligence on consumer and commercial markets, voice-first products and the user experience, converging markets, and more. Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president, Parks Associates, said: “Extending commercial and enterprise capabilities to the home is quite standard. Now, the reverse is also happening. Consumers want their tech benefits everywhere, but the majority do not
want to be, nor are they capable of being, their own IT managers. Opportunities for extending commercial system knowledge to residential environments are many. Parks Associates is excited to work with AVIXA to explore and address cross-market opportunities for AV professionals.” Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, senior vice president of expositions, AVIXA, commented: “The way we use technology in our lives should be seamless; people depend on technology wherever they are – in their homes, classrooms and offices. The Integrated Life programme will bridge the gap between consumer and commercial by exploring how technology such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, the cloud and more, affect our lives around the clock. Parks Associates is the perfect collaborator for this programme. We’re looking forward to delivering Integrated Life this June.”
TIDE is Coming to InfoComm 2018 AVIXA’s TIDE conference (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) will return to the InfoComm show on 5 June in Las Vegas to explore the creative forces shaping the AV industry and how AV businesses can benefit from these concepts. Stay tuned to www.TIDEconference.com for more details.
For more information about Integrated Life at InfoComm 2018, visit www.infocommshow.org/IL Registration for the InfoComm 2018 is now officially open at InfoCommShow.org
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