Orlando, FL (June 14, 2013)—InfoComm 2013 is a massive success, taking the crown as the largest InfoComm show ever with 34,743 attendees checking out the exhibits and taking advantage of educational sessions.
Judging by the crowds on the show floor, this may not come as a surprise to some people, one of those being David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, InfoComm Executive Director and CEO. “If anything, this type of exposition is more important than it ever was,” he says. “Although technology continues to grow at leaps and bounds, there’s still an element of being in the same room with your colleagues from the industry.”
It's only appropriate that an event that often centers around networking within the industry is also about networking itself—every year at InfoComm sees more and more products popping up that rely on the digital network systems. “A few years ago, the floor was all wires,” comments Chris Cairns, director of marketing for American Music and Sound. “Now people are looking for network capabilities.”
Continuing with its line of DSP audio installations, Symetrix introduced the Radius AEC in the audio pavilion Wedday, which connects with Audinate’s Dante networking protocol to make audio integration jobs easier.
Allen & Heath is also continuing its push into the digital realm with the Qu Series of audio mixers, deigned specifically for the consumer level of audio engineers. This also provides musicians with a more affordable mixing option for smaller home studios.
In the AV market, there’s also a push for wireless conferencing systems, as Revolab’s new Executive Elite line aims to provides user with an easy wireless set up, using a wall-mounted antenna to sync the DSP base unit to the variety of mics offered.
Live audio and video streaming is also growing in the AV industry. The new Roland VR-50HD multi-format AV mixer allows users to mix audio and video at the same time on one console, while also using the same device to stream the video over the Internet for viewers. Roland’s marketing director Rob Read says the device is intended for streaming corporate boardroom meetings, training sessions and House of Worship events. “Everyone wants to record and stream their products,” Read says. “And this is a great solution for that with concert venues, small clubs or theaters.”
As InfoComm winds down, the association and exhibitors are already looking to next year’s show, returning to Las Vegas, where space is already being booked. Labuskes and the rest of the InfoComm team use the current show’s momentum to launch right into planning for the next show. “Part of the success of InfoComm is every year we examine what needs aren’t being met [and ask], ‘How do we leverage these demands to reach out further?’” Labuskes adds.
“We are very excited about pre-registration numbers for 2014,” Labuskes says, and while it’s certainly too early to know next year’s attendance figures, the association predicts at least 32,000 registered attendees.
InfoComm is also looking ahead to the AV Executive Conference, September 10 to 12, in Amelia Island, FL.