InfoComm is one of the world’s largest professional audio/visual trade shows. This year’s Infocomm was held in Las Vegas from June 9th to 15th and featured over 900 exhibitors showcasing thousands of new products. In addition, over 300 education seminars, workshops and labs were held to educate attendees. AVI Systems was pleased to be well represented at InfoComm12, which was attended by 40 employees from offices around the country.
(Pictured L to R: Steve Riley, Josh Grant, Jeff Stoebner)
As is the case of InfoComm trade shows, there are always a number of exciting demonstrations and exhibits that leave an impression on the AVI Systems staff. This year, Ginger Routh, Systems Sales Representative in the St. Louis area noted buzz in a variety of areas including wireless display connectivity, lampless projections and the substitution of large LCD monitors for projector installations.
Dave Hatz, Design Engineer IV in the Central Engineering Department, was especially impressed with the PureLink and HRS Control exhibits. With HRS Control, a small control system company, he took special note of the intuitiveness of the interface, “In 10 minutes, almost anyone can be familiar enough with the software interface from HRS Control to create and modify scripted events to run form the control software.”
Dave was also left wondering how the AVB vs. HDBaseT scene will play out. “Many of the manufacturers I talked to said they were designing their products so that if they needed to offer a version with one or both technologies, they would be able to simply change out the signal transport boards and quickly have a new product ready for market.”
It’s not just exhibits at InfoComm, however. “The training classes you receive at InfoComm still are the best part of the show,” said Paul Mueller, Systems Sales Engineer, who learned some valuable insights. “It was interesting to hear how generationally the technology we use to communicate is being used and interpreted differently by Boomers, Gen X and Millennials.”
There was also the usual selection of new products that impressed all attendees. Paul was particularly excited about the increase in broadcast venders showing gear at Infocomm.
Brian Duffy, Systems Sales Representative at the Madison office, was really excited about the large 70+ inch displays, many of which came with interactive features. Brian also noted the great new lecture capture and streaming devices made available by companies such as Creston and Extron.
As with any trade show, AVI Systems opportunity to network is also paramount. Paul noted, “It is through this sharing of ideas that we push and expand the talent pool of knowledge.” He concluded, “When the entire AVI Systems trust comes together new and exciting opportunities grow from the regional level. This makes AVI Systems a competitive force in the marketplace and keeps us winning customers every day.”
For those attending in the future, Brian would like to remind everyone, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas is no longer true. With smart phones everything is recorded and shared.” Thanks for the tip, Brian.
If you missed out on the show you can check out this video to get a taste of the experience at InfoComm:
Many thanks to the following AVI Systems Employees who contributed to this report: Brian Duffy, Systems Sales Representative; Chris Goerdt, Systems Sales Representative; Dave Hatz, Design Engineer IV; Paul Mueller, Systems Sales Engineer; and Ginger Routh, Systems Sales Representative