By Clive Young.
Las Vegas (June 10, 2010)--There was excitement in the air yesterday as the doors opened on the first day of InfoComm 2010. As thousands of attendees streamed into the Las Vegas Convention Center to find the latest technologies and solutions on the exhibit floor, they also encountered educational offerings, pavilions, showcases and more.
On the exhibit floor, 928 exhibitors are presenting their latest and greatest offerings, with some booth spaces having been sold as recently as earlier this week. “People are coming in last minute because they don’t want to be left out; they realize that they don’t want to wait a whole another year,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. executive director and CEO, InfoComm International. “You’re looking at an industry that’s growing during a recession. The industry will be $91 billion industry by 2012. And one reason will be the growth of conferencing—that’s one of the leading drivers.”
As if to underline that fact, among the many draws on the InfoComm show floor are the efforts of the IMCCA, which help make InfoComm the biggest conferencing show in the world. In addition to the Unified Collaborative Conferencing Pavilion, there’s a slew of Collaborative Conferencing Sessions on everything from videoconferencing to bandwidth issues for high definition. Today is also IMCCA Telepresence Day, highlighted by keynote addresses by industry leaders Jeff Rodman, CTO of Polycom, and Jerry Monroe, Director of Telepresence Solutions from TANDBERG.
InfoComm has changed with the times, having added new pavilions, educational sections and more over the years, and Lemke foresees that the industries it serves, too, will continue to change.
“The North American market has gone over 50 percent to services; products comprise less than half of the total market, and that’s a big sea change from 20 years ago when it was completely a box business,” he said. “That’s good for our integrators--they’re obviously doing a lot of value add to those box sales. To me, it’s also an indication that AV is penetrating deeply into companies instead of being something they buy off hand.”