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Gearing-up for InfoComm: the show highlights

Billed as the largest pro-AV show in the world, InfoComm returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this month. With conferences from 8 to 14 June and the exhibition opening on 12 June, attendees can look forward to a packed schedule of education, training and technology debuts

Digital signage, unified communications, smart building and hospitality are just some of the themes that will be running through this year’s InfoComm show, Orlando, US, 12-14 June.

Education opportunities at the show will include The Digital Signage Training Sampler offered by InfoComm University. Elsewhere, the Digital Signage Pavilion will showcase products from leading manufacturers, along with best practice presentations and training, while Digital Signage Presentation Stage – located within the pavilion – will feature case studies and strategic advice throughout the show.

In the field of unified communications, the Collaborative Conferencing Program and Exhibit will address the challenges and opportunities facing visual conferencing and unified communications solutions professionals. Further education opportunities will be on offer from Realcomm and IBcon 2013 through two co-located events that will provide education and training, and showcase the latest products and technology specifically for the intelligent buildings industry.

InfoComm 2013 will also showcase emerging AV products and best practices in the hospitality sector. “Top-quality, reliable audiovisual systems are a must-have for the hospitality manager,” said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International, “and InfoComm 2013 is the place to see the latest gear and get the necessary training to satisfy demanding clients.”

Here’s a snippet of what will be presented on the show floor:

The new Ashly nX family of Class D amplifiers will be launched in Orlando. Barix, meanwhile, will head to InfoComm with the Annuncicom PS1 – a new IP paging solution that allows end users and systems integrators to set up multi-point systems quickly. German manufacturer Bosch will present its new DCN multimedia conference system and the PLENA matrix Digital Sound System, while Cadac will be showing its current range of audio mixing consoles, including its latest analogue and digital models, and network expansion options featuring the proprietary high-speed Megacomms network protocol. What’s more, Clear-Com will launch the enhanced HelixNet Partyline intercom system, and Community Professional Loudspeakers is introducing the Commercial Design Series, a comprehensive family of ceiling, surface mount and pendant loudspeakers designed to meet the needs of installations requiring high performance at a competitive price. Products from the d&b audiotechnik’s White and Black speaker ranges will be on display at the show, as well as Harman’s JBL Professional’s JRX200 Series portable passive PA loudspeakers, which have been upgraded from the previous JRX100 Series.

Connectivity, control and switching
Alcorn McBride will debut the newest addition to its control product line, VCore. It provides control of museum exhibits, kiosks and retail outlets, and works as a subsystem controller. Elsewhere on the show floor, Analog Way will be unveiling the Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 – two Premium multi-screen seamless switchers, which will complete the company’s LiveCore series. Atlona will be showcasing its new AT-H2H-88M 8 x 8 HDMI matrix switcher, which routes sources to displays, enabling devices to be shared in multiple spaces simultaneously. Attero Tech, meanwhile, will show the latest additions to its line of networked audio wall plates in the form of the world’s first Dante-enabled in/out end point designed for in-wall mounting.

Projectors, screens, displays, lighting
Arthur Holm will be exhibiting its latest multitouch screens for Dynamic 3, Dynamic X2 and Book monitors, while central to BenQ’s exhibition stand will be its SH963 DLP large-venue projector. Mitsubishi Electric will reveal its Cloud-based WD390U-EST projector to the US after its launch at ISE.

Elsewhere, on Martin Professional’s stand, will be the MAC Viper Family and the first fixtures in Martin’s RUSH range of effect lighting. Merging Technologies stand dedicated to the company’s latest Ovation Media Server and Sequencer, Ovation 4. The system will be demonstrated with Dataton’s WATCHOUT multi-display production and playback system, with a sync connection being made over a standard IT network and frame accurate lock between multiple timelines in WATCHOUT and audio cues in Ovation. MultiTouch will be showcasing its 55in ultra-thin bezel MultiTaction Cell on a number of wall and table arrays.

NEC Display Solutions of America will present its V801 commercial-grade LCD monitor, an 80in large-screen display with an LED edge-light, slim cabinet depth and an OPS-compliant expansion slot. The V801’s edge-lit LED backlight enables a slim cabinet depth and lightweight design, providing flexibility for a variety of installations.

Robe lighting will present The Pointe, The MiniMe, The CycFx and the Cyclone – all from its ROBIN series. The ROBIN Pointe is a beam, spot and wash fixture – a small, super-bright and fast ‘signature’ unit with a sharp parallel beam, while the MiniMe is a small, neat, fast-moving LED driven fixture with a 20,000-hour lifetime source. Elsewhere on the company’s stand will be other recent innovations including the DLX LED Spot and DLF LED Wash.