Integrated Systems Europe 2021: Digital Conference Recap

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) came to us both in-person and digitally this year. ISE 2021 took place in-person at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on June 1 and 2. You can find a short intro to ISE 2021’s schedule here. In addition to the in-person event, the show was streamed live online via a […]

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ISE 2021 Is Open for Business

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Integrated Systems Europe has officially begun — it opened its doors at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona Tuesday. The show, this year being held in person at two regional events (Barcelona June 1-2, London June 23-24), also has an online component — ISE Digital. (ISE initially planned for four regional shows, but had to cancel […]

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BrightSign to Out-Demo the Competition

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A preview of the surprises in store when you visit BrightSign at ISE 2021. You must admit one thing about the digital signage industry: It’s great at partnerships. I mean, really great. Like the difference between Premier League and your local team. These are some of the recent partnerships recorded on BrightSign’s website. As you […]

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Help Re-Sauce Out by Taking This Survey!

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Are you attending any of the ISE roadshows this summer? Are travel restrictions permitting you from going to these shows? These are just a few of the questions our friends over at AV consulting company Re-Sauce are asking. Re-Sauce is conducting a survey to gauge people’s feelings about live events coming back — and they […]

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The Changing Face of the Corporate Workspace

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting 2020 was a tumultuous year and one that will cast a long shadow over almost every aspect of our lives. For many of those normally working in offices, one of the most significant changes has been being forced to work from home as most countries around the world went through […]

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4 Things You Should Know About AR/VR/MR

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Daria Fedko worked for an information technology development company in the Ukraine. One day a client asked her, “What do you know about AR?” While she had plenty of IT background, Daria really didn’t know anything about AR. She looked it up on Google, researched articles, talked to people in the field and read until […]

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Germany’s Largest ‘Extended Reality’ Entertainment Space

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The first HOLOGATE WORLD will open its doors in September this year as a key attraction in FLAIR, a newly modernized urban marketplace in Fürth, Germany. Embedded between the Neue Mitte, town hall and city theater, FLAIR is Fürth’s largest retail property with 18,000 m². It’s a three-floor shopping and adventure experience sporting a new […]

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ISE Cancels June 2021 Events in Amsterdam and Munich

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ISE distributed a release today letting the AV market know that, although it planned for four different regional ISE events in lieu of the traditional ISE Show (canceled due to COVID-19), it turns out that country-based regulations will not allow the organization to have the show in two of the intended locations, including Munich and […]

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How the Chip Shortage Could Decimate the AV, UCC and Digital Signage Markets and How You Can Avoid Its Effects

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Do not underestimate what I am about to tell you. In case you haven’t been reading the tech sections of the newspapers lately, there’s a global semiconductor shortage (branded as the “chip shortage of 2021”) and, although it hasn’t affected our market yet, it will, starting in late July. So, who cares? Well, you’d better, […]

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Work Today Sucks — and Microsoft Just Proved It

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Microsoft just completed its “2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report.” And parts of it are frightening. While the world debates the future of work after the pandemic, this Microsoft report mainly zeroes in on the state of work today. This survey was conducted by among 31,092 full-time employed or self-employed workers across 31 markets between […]

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VITEC Acquires Exterity

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VITEC, an IP video streaming solutions company, announced the acquisition of Exterity Limited, a provider of integrated IPTV, digital signage and user engagement technologies. The move signals VITEC’s intention to accelerate growth and strengthen its leadership position, with natural technology and customer synergies between the two companies that will enable VITEC to extend its reach […]

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Prolight + Sound BIZLounge Closes Successfully

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Resuming event operations is possible if all hygiene and infection control requirements are taken into account and events thus become a safe space for visitors. This is one of the central theses of the panellists at the Prolight + Sound BIZLounge: the digital exchange format for the event industry celebrated its successful premiere on Tuesday, […]

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The Case for Sound Analytics

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It’s not new — a company in Netherlands has been working diligently on this for at least 20 years. It is a company you’ll want to hear all about, however, and it is a company all about hearing: Sound Intelligence. The company is a global leader in advanced audio analytics. Based upon original research at […]

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Bambuser Creates New In-Store Solutions Division

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Sweden’s Bambuser announces the creation of “In-store Solutions,” a new business unit dedicated to building interactive experiences connecting physical and digital spaces. Bambuser is a software company specializing in interactive live video streaming supporting interactive, shoppable e-commerce experiences for global brands and retailers including Moda Operandi, Farfetch and Samsung. The Company’s primary product, “Live Video […]

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ISE Modifies 2021 Show — Will Now Include Shows in Four European Cities

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Integrated Systems Events (and its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA) has announced ISE Live & Online, a series of local events in Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and London — which will be supported by a digital offering via CISCO. This series of events will take place of the traditional in-person large trade show format. Integrated Systems Events […]

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Growth Opportunities Lie Ahead for Pro Displays After an Unprecedented Year

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By Matthew Rubin Futuresource Consulting The past year has been one of the most volatile on record for the professional displays industry. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, supply chains were interrupted and end-user demand plummeted in some of the biggest markets. Add into the mix the increasing appeal of LED, which makes it a […]

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ISE Maintains That Show Will Happen in June 2021 With Latest Announcement

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Integrated Systems Events released a new statement Monday via Managing Director Mike Blackman, regarding the planned ISE 2021 event in June. In case you don’t have the time to read it, I’ll summarize — and then tell you our plans. First, the summary: ISE had previously announced to all exhibitors that the organization would make […]

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UPDATED: Borgarting Appeals Court Acquits Norxe AS of Intellectual Property Claims Made by Barco

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Update: Inge Govaerts, corporate public relations manager at Barco, sent rAVe the following statement Tuesday: “It has been a tough case for both parties, but the starting point has been that it was believed that there was such clear evidence of objectionable actions that the outcome was a trial. Barco is of course disappointed not […]

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RISE Spotlight: Live Events Experiences, Reinvented

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Oh, how much we all miss live events. No matter how much you miss live events, you can’t possibly miss them as much as the people whose entire livelihood is based on live events. The latest thought-leading RISE series by ISE, turned its “Spotlight” on live event experiences and the “reinvention” that will mark their […]

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Gordon Dutch, Lee Baker and Ian Sempers Form New Consultancy Business — Called Re-Sauce

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After a short leave of absence from the front line, three industry figures have joined forces to form a new Business Consultancy primarily focussed on press, PR, marketing and sales for the global professional AV, IT and CE sectors. The new business called Re-Sauce has been founded by Gordon Dutch (former shareholder/Exec VP & MD […]

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Registration Now Open for ISE 2021

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Registration opened Thursday for Integrated Systems Europe 2021, making its debut at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía this June. Coming at a time of anticipation from an industry that is keen to “get back to work” in the second half of the year, it will incorporate both live and online content. Integrated Systems Events Managing […]

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ISE Responds to InfoComm Postponement

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As many of you are aware, AVIXA has postponed InfoComm to Oct. 27-29, 2021. In response to that, Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Europe, made the following announcement regarding ISE 2021. The show is still confirmed to take place June 1-4, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. If anything changes regarding COVID-19 and the ability […]

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RingCentral Launches Free Glip for ‘Smart Video Meetings’

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Global managed services provider RingCentral brings out Glip, a free solution that offers video and audio conferencing — and integrates with team messaging, file sharing, contact, task and calendar management. The company refers to the integration as its “Smart Video Meetings” experience. You might have thought of Ring Central as a PBX-replacement, a telecom-as-a-solution cloud […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Visionary Enters Distribution Partnership With MediasPro

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Visionary has announced a distribution partnership with MediasPro. Through the partnership, MediasPro says the company will expand and strengthen Visionary’s presence throughout Germany. “MediasPro is one of Germany’s leading distributors for installed audio and video products,” said Scott Freshman, chief operations officer for Visionary. “Its extensive industry knowledge and strong customer relationships make them an […]

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Administrative Tools Are the New K-12 Ed Tech Battleground

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By Chris Pennell Futuresource Consulting As the number of electronic devices in use across North American schools continues to proliferate, K-12 curriculum leaders and IT decision makers are turning to administrative tools to manage data assets, track progress and provide support. A new end user study from Futuresource Consulting explores the impact of these tools, […]

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Fosway Group and Barco Find Virtual Classrooms Have Some Untapped Potential

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Ninety-seven percent of organizations are now using virtual classrooms to support learning and development, with over half (53%) reporting that they have proved to be their most successful learning platforms during the COVID-19 crisis. This data is part of new research conducted by Fosway Group, a European HR industry analyst, in partnership with Barco, a […]

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IDC Report Finds Many Offices Plan to Stay Remote/Hybrid for Foreseeable Future

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In the weird/unpredictable/unprecedented (did I get all the cliches in there?) times we are in, a question has stayed at the forefront of all of our minds: What the heck are our jobs going to make us do when COVID-19 is no longer a thing? For the past (almost) year, we’ve said “new normal” this […]

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We Want to Hear From You! In Less Than 1 Minute, You Could Win a $500 Gift Card

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We are all excited 2021 is here! 🌅🎆🎇 We’ve got some big plans. But we need your direction to help us plan accordingly. Simply put, if you’ll take this 60-second survey, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $500 Amazon or Apple (you choose) gift card AND, we’ll do you one better; if you […]

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EAW and dB Technologies Form Unique Distribution Alliance — Could This Be More Than a Trend?

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) and dB Technologies say they plan to better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021. “The dB Technology and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally,” said Arturo […]

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The Movie Theater Is Now Dead, Plus a Prediction: Apple Will Buy Sony

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As much as I hated writing that headline, it’s true. And, despite years of warnings that the future of the cineplex was nothing but apocalyptic, Hollywood wasn’t prepared. Let’s back-up. Back in the late ’90s, companies started building DVD servers for home theaters. The idea was that a homeowner could buy a cache of DVDs […]

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Cyviz Fuels Global Growth With Shares Listing

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Meet the company behind the new ticker symbol “CYVIZ.” Norway’s Cyviz goes to the Oslo Børs to secure a Euronext Growth listing, selling shares at NOK 34.50 (34 euros) and reaching a market capitalization of NOK 370 million (37 million euros). Cyviz designs, develops and delivers software and hardware solutions for conference rooms, control rooms […]

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