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InfoComm hosts consultant roundtables

Consultants play a key role in the AV industry. In recognition, InfoComm has set up two 'roundtables' in the UK that recognise their importance.

In response to member requests, InfoComm has announced two audiovisual and technology consultant roundtable events to be held in the UK this month.

Consultants in the audiovisual and communications industry act as the important ‘glue’ between various stakeholders and parties such as designers, architects, end users, integrators, technology managers, often many years before a technology project is installed.

The first round table takes place on Thursday 19 April at the Hilton Cardiff and the second will happen a week later (26 April) at the Manton Studio, Tate Britain in London. They will feature panel discussions designed to give consultants a platform from which to convey how end-customer needs of AV systems are evolving in the face of business and technological changes.

Some of the UK’s leading consultancy firms are taking part in the events, including Lyall Solutions, Mark Johnson Consultants, Arup, Big Picture Consultants, Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants, Coleman Bennett International and Visual Acuity.

The panel discussions will be followed by short Q&A sessions, after which the consultants will join the audience tables in answering a set of questions in the established InfoComm roundtable style. The programme concludes with a drinks reception, allowing further discussion and networking in a less formal setting.

“We’ve been holding Regional Roundtables for over three years, covering various topics from building automation to sustainable AV,” said Chris Lavelle, regional manager UK and Ireland, InfoComm International. “During these discussions, a regular request from participants has emerged to have more input from the consultant community.”

“So, although we have had consultants taking part in our roundtables in the past, we felt it was time to allow this important community to take centre-stage and really give us some insight into how their customers view AV systems now and in the future.”

Space is limited and pre-registration is obligatory. Those wishing to attend should contact Sarah Carless on +44 (0) 1442 345100, or email

Meanwhile, InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas is set to be the biggest yet, boasting the largest trade show floor of any commercial AV show in the world.