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ISE 2016 Opening Panel: Dawn of the sensor age

The interplay between AV and IT, a key theme of ISE 2016, was explored in depth by an Opening Panel yesterday evening. The Internet of Things and the rapid sensorisation of buildings, objects and infrastructure were highlighted as areas where significant progress is being made.

Leading business and technology experts were quizzed and shared insight into how AV and IT share today’s voice/video/data networks. The inescapable conclusion was that as IP touches the very fabric of installation from smart buildings and mobile video to unified communications and collaboration, the opportunities and challenges are exciting, wildly diverse and demand even greater pan-industry cooperation.

“IP has proven to be the ‘Great Unifier’, bringing together many diverse industries onto the network,” said David Rowan, editor-in-chief of Wired UK, who moderated the discussion. “We are witnessing an exciting moment of two worlds colliding – the sensorised connected world with the storytelling tools of AV. This represents a big moment of potential growth for a lot of people’s businesses here at ISE.”

Rowan cited drones, self-driving cars, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and emotion detecting technology as examples of a connected world where everything is online.

“There is no offline any more,” he declared. “We have video from every dashcam, sensors falling in price and computing which is essentially becoming free. This is just the beginning and it’s about to hit AV.”

He added; “In a world where screens are ubiquitous it will change our behaviour and change the way people expect to receive AV content. We have not yet worked out what will work and what will not, but we do know that this is where engagement is, and the AV and IT industry have to be where people are.”

He also had this warning: “In a world where every physical thing is wired, if something is not wired it becomes irrelevant. On the other hand, beware the internet of stupid things. Just because you can put sensors in things doesn’t mean you should.”

This event was followed by the official Opening Reception, a welcome curtain raiser to the show and an ideal opportunity to network over refreshments.