READ THIS FIRST: How to Use the rAVe ISE 2016 MicroSite

The 2016 version of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) has come to a close, but our coverage here will live forever here — on this rAVe NOW ISE 2016 Microsite! We have so much coverage — and there’s so much information on this ISE microsite that it can be overwhelming. So, please take moment to read […]

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These are the official ISE 2016 Award Winners!

You can’t enter a product in them. You can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us. We literally sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at ISE 2016 and we select the TOP products in every possible product category for our 2016 Best of ISE Awards. No other publication, […]

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Interactive Beacon Technology

I am writing this column as ISE begins to wind down. One of my favorite things about rAVe [Publications] is the way that it covers trade shows. The video interviews are so valuable to someone who is not at the show and wants to see what the newest trends are. I always spend some time […]

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AMX Debuts New NMX-WP-N3510 Windowing Processor

AMX’s new SVSI NMX-WP-N3510 is an H.264 multi-channel windowing processor that works with the N3000 Series family of video over IP encoders and decoders. This rack-mount appliance accepts up to nine video streams as inputs from SVSI N3000 Series H.264 Encoders (or other third-party main- or high-profile H.264 streams) and outputs one windowed HD video […]

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Who Did LANG’s 31-Foot Wide 8K Video Wall at ISE 2016? We Found Out!

LANG always aims to blow attendees way with the presence of a giant display at ISE. Last year it was a giant 4K image; this year, the company went for 8K, compliments of LEYARD. China-based LEYARD, parent company of PLANAR, put together an amazing display wall that was 9.5 meters wide (31feet) and 5 meters […]

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Community Sound Debuts I Series Outdoor Speakers

Community has expanded its flagship I SERIES Engineered Loudspeaker Systems with Weather-Resistant models of its I SERIES 800-Level and 600-Level loudspeakers. In contrast to fiberglass-covered wood enclosures which entail long manufacturing lead times, I SERIES weather-resistant loudspeakers feature enclosures made with Community’s breakthrough PolyGlas technology. These Mil Spec 810G-tested PolyGlas cabinets reduce lead times considerably […]

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Our Exclusive Interview with Barco CEO Eric Van Zele

Just a day after announcing their 2015 financial results and earnings,  Barco CEO Eric Van Zele sat down with me in an exclusive video interview at ISE 2016 in Amsterdam. In addition to discussing the earnings report, he’s very frank about what they plan invest in with the over €250 Million in cash Barco is […]

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Joel Rollins’ Day Four Observations of ISE 2016

Well, here we are at the close of ISE Day Four. My feet hurt, and my new sneakers are definitely trashed. But it has been a great show, and it broke all records. This morning, at the closing keynote, the director of the show announced that we had not just broken ISE attendance records, but […]

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The Final Mike Blackman Interview at ISE 2016

I caught up with ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman on the last day of the show (day four) here in Amsterdam and we discussed the impact of a fourth day of the show as well as the show results. He hints at final attendance numbers, too. It’s certainly a record attendance as we can see […]

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My Annual Talk with Wolfgang Lenz

Wolfgang Lenz is a good barometer of the AV market in the EMEA. His company, COMM-TEC is the leading distributor is Germany with an office in Hong Kong and soon to be in mainland China, and I have interviewed him at the end of ISE each year as I think he’s a good barometer of […]

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NEC Intros Two HDMI and HDBaseT Switchers at ISE

NEC Display today announced a new HDBaseT switcher, the NEC NP01SW1, that handles analog and digital video, audio, power, LAN and control over a single Ethernet cable.  Using a push-button interface, it allows 3 HDMI sources, a microphone, LAN and USB A/B. Control features include on/off of the NEC projector or LCD and volume control […]

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The Michio Kaku Interview – a One-on-One with a True Futurist

I had a chance to sit down today with the keynote speaker for ISE 2016, Michio Kaku — author of the book Physics of the Future. I have truly been a big fan of his since 2011 when I read his book. Since then, I’ve required all my students at UNC read his book predicting […]

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Joel Rollins’ Afternoon Observations of Day Three of ISE 2016

This afternoon, Annabelle and I had the opportunity (a rare one) to stop Amanda Beckner, vice president of learning at InfoComm, to talk about the direction being taken by InfoComm’s education department. Amanda is a person of rare energy and enthusiasm. I have at times in the past been critical of InfoComm’s educational department and […]

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If You Haven’t Decided to Attend InfoComm in June, Here’s Why You Should!

I had a chance to sit down with InfoComm’s Jason McGraw today to talk about InfoComm! It’s less than four months away and he came over to ISE here in Amsterdam as InfoComm is a partner in this mega-AV show along with CEDIA. Jason has been heading up expositions at InfoComm for over 20 years […]

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The Interview with Canon’s Colin Boyle

Colin Boyle is Canon’s European marketing specialist for projectors and he spent some time with me explaining how they fared in 2015 and what their growth plans are for 2016. Canon is heading in to much brighter projectors for 2016 including a 7500-lumen lamp-based projector and a 5000-lumen 4K resolution projector.

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Crestron’s Robin Van Meeuwen Talks ISE 2016

Crestron EMEA CEO Robin Van Meeuwen talked with me about how their 2015 was, his thoughts about 2016 and the new direction Crestron is headed with marketing. Barely any product was marketed at the 2016 show and, In fact, Robin explained that they focused on applications instead with their giant Hall 2 stand.

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Worried About Security with Control Systems? We Asked Crestron’s Security Expert What to Do

Crestron’s Toine Leerentveld is the control system security expert. I caught up with him at ISE and asked him about the industry’s current concerns with the security of control systems and what Crestron is doing to address it. He also tells me about a security guide that Crestron has to help integrators deal with this […]

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The Dave Labuskes Interview

InfoComm is a co-producer of ISE and their CEO, Dave Labuskes, was all smiles when I stopped him and convinced him to jump on camera with me today. In addition to projecting attendance, Dave talked about the success of ISE as well as their plans for InfoComm in 2016. It’s only a two-minute interview but […]

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Want to Know Why Crestron Pulled Out of CEDIA?

So did I. So, I asked Randy Klein. I sat down with Randy at ISE and he gave me the first, and only, video interview to explain why they decided to pull out of CEDIA and, more importantly, what their future HomeAV plans are. Randy is candid and direct in this interview where he shares […]

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Canon Takes Me on a Booth Tour

Canon is here launching a new 5000 lumen 4K projector as well as a plethora of other new projectors designed for corporate, education and digital signage applications. Canon European Marketing Specialist Colin Boyle takes me on a tour of their stand at ISE 2016 here in Amsterdam and what’s new — and, at the end, […]

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Mitsubishi Electric Announces Two New VideoWalls at ISE

Mitsubishi Electric has announced at ISE 2016 two WUXGA models in 62″ and 72″, and two 1080p versions in 60″ and 70″, each offering a minimum 100,000 hour lifespan — over 11 years of 24/7 operation — irrespective of the brightness mode employed. This represents a significant improvement over the 80,000 hours of earlier models […]

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Joel Rollins’ Morning Observations of Day Three at ISE 2016

OK, folks, this show is tiring. I am sitting here at lunchtime on Day 3 of the (now) four-day show, wondering if my new sneakers will make it through four full days. However, this morning Annabelle Kayye and I got a number of great interviews… First, we sat down for a discussion of 4K scaling […]

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Barco Announces 13 Percent Increase in Revenue for 2015

Barco announced their 2015 financials today and, if you were wondering if the projection market is healthy, if Barco’s an indicator, it must be. In addition to over €1.28 Billion in sales for 2015, Barco booked €1.043 in orders and had a gross profit margin of 35 percent — a profit margin unlikely to be […]

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JBL Redesigns Control Speaker Series

JBL has all-new Control 23-1, Control 25-1 and Control 28-1 loudspeakers. The update to the series brings an array of new features, styling and more competitive pricing. The latest versions of the Control Contractor series feature a more contemporary look, a flatter and wider frequency response for a more natural and full sound, greater bass […]

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HARMAN Pro Claims Lossless 4K Ultra HD Video Over Standard Ethernet at ISE 2016

HARMAN Pro is using ISE 2016 in Amsterdam to launch the NMX-ENC-N2151 4K Encoder and NMX-DEC-N2251 4K Decoder that AMX says provides the same scalable solution as the rest of the AMX SVSI N2000 series but at resolutions up to 4096×2160. AMX says that JPEG 2000 compression allows Ultra HD media to be switched and […]

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SMART Technologies’ New kapp App, Coming in March, Is All About Collaboration

Let me start by saying that you need to watch this video. Why? Well, I am going to explain how this works in this blog, but writing about it isn’t the same as seeing it! SMART’s Frazier Couzens, director of room systems, takes me through a tour of how the company has updated the SMART […]

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Audio Everywhere ExXtractor System Allows for Streaming Audio from TVs to Smart Phones

Audio Everywhere released its next generation product for streaming audio from TVs and other audio sources to smart phones and tablets over Wi-Fi. The heart of the Audio Everywhere system, the ExXtractor, connects each participating venue’s audio sources, such as a DirecTV receivers, to the internal local area network (LAN). Each audio signal is then […]

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dnp Debuts LaserPanel and LaserPanel Touch All-in-One Box Packaged Systems

dnp is packaging an optical 100” screen and a short-throw laser-phosphor 1-chip DLP projector in a packaged system called LaserPanel. LaserPanel is a prepackaged system that dnp is marketing towards AV integrators looking for a box-systems approach to selling against flat-panel systems in meeting rooms and schools. A 100″ Interactive LCD would cost well over […]

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Medialon Wows ISE 2016 with Overture Freebies and Templates

Medialon first exhibited at ISE 2015 to launch into the EMEA market. Medialon Overture is a cloud-based control system that allows you to control from one to hundreds of rooms, see real-time data from devices, and serve dynamically generated HTML interfaces (GUIs that are user-specific). The convergence of AV and IT is no longer just […]

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Newline Interactive Demos TRUTOUCH X7

Newline launched its 70” TRUTOUCH X7 last year at ISE and this year they’re debuting their X5 Interactive display with integrated videoconferencing, touch, wireless content transmission and whiteboarding. Newline Chief Marketing Officer Betty Lu demo’d both their new 50” X5 with their built-in interactive software as well as its X7 with third-party interactive touch software […]

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Community’s R SERIES Expands with Three New Models at ISE 2016

Community’s R SERIES loudspeakers are designed for extreme weather conditions. Now, two new full-range R-MAX models and a high-output R-MAX bass horn offer higher output levels than previous versions. These new loudspeakers offer consistent coverage patterns, smooth frequency response, and very high output levels making them ideally suited for sporting venues, race tracks, outdoor theaters, […]

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Martin Audio Introduces CDD Weatherized Speakers at ISE

Martin Audio has extended its award-winning CDD install series with the introduction of weatherized variants (CDD-WR). Announced at ISE 2016, the line extension will start to ship from early April. The CDD Series features patent pending Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology which delivers improved coverage and consistency, with often the need for fewer speakers than those […]

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