ISE 2018 Day 2: Highlights on AV+, the Commercial Integrator Podcast

On day two of ISE 2018, Adam realizes the term “smart technology” has expanded in the world of commercial tech. Hear more on the new AV podcast, AV+.

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ISE 2018 Day 2: AV+, the Commercial Integrator Podcast

News from ISE 2018, day 2 includes a QSC global strategy and some intriguing comments from new Biamp CEO Rashid Skaf on the company’s new acquisition-heavy growth strategy. Adam also reflects on AV product design in this mini-episode of AV plus, the new pro AV podcast.

Adam Forziati, web editor for Commercial Integrator, reports from Integrated Systems Europe 2018 in Amsterdam.

Listen to this mini episode of AV+, recorded fresh from the show floor at Integrated Systems Europe 2018:


Redefining “Smart Technology” … What to Expect Out of Commercial Tech After 2018

You, as an integrator, shouldn’t accept less than a product that is multi-purpose yet simple to install in 2018. At least, that’s what many exhibitors told me today on the second day of Integrated Systems Europe 2018.

It seems that all commercial tech these days needs to be “smart” — and I don’t necessarily mean connected to the IoT (though that’s increasingly important to some verticals).

What I mean by “smart technology” here is that these devices need to have an inherent simple set-up, yet have the complexity to be used in vertical after vertical.

Related: Watch 5 ISE 2018 Product Introductions in 63 Seconds

Products like Biamp’s Devio — that sets up quickly and tracks different speakers in a room wherever they move — is a great example of a product that, despite being associated with a particular area (sound), is actually a solution which is implementable in any vertical.

Another example: Christie’s new Guardian software, which automatically makes real-time realignments to projection mapping if a projector is bumped slightly.

These are “smart,” too, insofar as they are inter-compatible. But each of them is capable of doing more in and of itself, no matter the application.

New Biamp CEO Comments on Company’s Future

Rashid Skaf is not kidding around when it comes to positioning Biamp as a leader in the AV integration space.

He envisions multiple major acquisitions in the semi-near future. With product after product released in the last few months alone, this could be a big year for the company. It’ll be interesting to see if their booth grows in size next year, too.

Other highlights from the show floor on ISE 2018: Day 2…

  • According to an Audinate representative, about 10 percent of ISE exhibitors this year are have at least one Dante-enabled product
  • ClearOne‘s new AV over IP encoders/decoders further the company’s 10-year history with the form of distribution technology
  • Blackmagic Design drops a full-sized URSA Broadcast camera
  • Dynascan gets outdoorsy with new line of outdoor screens, including one that’s a full 100 inches of 4K
  • Oblong Industries shows off smooth, symmetrical collaboration system
  • QSC to open new EMEA HQ in Germany

Tune in again tomorrow for a day 3 recap. If you like the podcast, be sure to talk about it using the hashtag #AVPlusPod !

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