ISE 2013: What I’m Looking Forward To

ise-blogIntegrated Systems Europe is one of the largest AV and electronics tradeshows in the world. Taking place in Amsterdam, it covers most of the Amsterdam RAI and plays host to almost 900 exhibiting dealers and manufacturers. This year it will be its largest yet, having expanded to all 12 halls, and over 32,000 net square-metres. ISE anticipates welcoming over 40,000 visitors between Jan. 29-31.

I am pretty excited, as I will be attending the show for the first time. ISE has been a launchpad for hundreds of exciting products and from a European integrator’s point of view, ISE is the one that people have really recommended to me. Living and working in the UK, you could argue that this may well be due to the location more than anything, but it appears to be more to do with the sheer scale of this show and all the incredible networking opportunities in-between.

Three days doesn’t seem enough to be able to get round to see everything, but I’m certainly going to give it a shot.

One aspect that I am particularly looking forward to is the chance to meet some people. I have had the pleasure and fortune to get to know some great people in the industry through Twitter, LinkedIn and especially rAVe [Publications] and Women in AV, who have helped me to learn a lot as I’ve developed my role at an AV systems integrator, Smartcomm Ltd.  I hope to meet several you at ISE to catch up and pass on my appreciation in person.

Now the other portion of this trip that I am very geared up for — the toys and products!

I have started taking note of essentials to see, and these are a few things that I will be trying to find:

HDBaseT – HDBaseT Technology was a great hit at ISE last year, and several companies are bringing their HDBaseT solutions with them this year. This revolutionary technology has made a real impact and will no doubt be a popular element of the show.

Apps – I have seen Crestron’s app in action and was really impressed. With recent launches such as the iPad Mini, which is a perfect touch panel for control systems, it will be interesting to see how companies are adapting to the demand from end users to enable complete control through their smart device.

3M: Multi-touch Display — Off the back of the launch of its 32″ screen, a 46″ prototype version will be appearing at ISE. Boasting 60-finger multi-touch, this should be impressive and I am looking forward to having a play.

Crestron: Integrated by Design solution — A fully functional integrated building management solution. Crestron has an impressive showroom within its UK office that gives you the opportunity to explore all elements of their range, from touch panels to its versatileDigitalMedia system, but the stand should be really interesting to play with. The company is also launching its new Core 3 intercom-equipped touch screens, which will no doubt be an elegant new addition to the range.

…So I hope to see many of you at ISE. If you are attending please do get in contact, it would be great to catch up in person finally!