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Destination 2020

The year 2020 seems a distant prospect, especially with technologies having a very short shelf life before obsolescence. But it’s possible to chart a path based on the knowledge you have at present. Find a happy medium and stick with it – that was the message at the ‘Destination 2020 – future trends in AV and electronic systems’ panel discussion.

“Don’t be a follower, but don’t be bleeding-edge, because you’ll just be teaching everyone else how to make money,” advised Julian Phillips, EVP of Whitlock Group.

Part of InfoComm’s Professional Development offerings, the ‘2020’ session was led by Brad Grimes, director of editorial services for InfoComm, with panellists that included Phillips and Frank Sheehan, director of technology at Visual Acuity, Robert Simpson, founder director of Electrosonic, and Florian Rotberg of invidis.

Predicting the future from what we know now, discussion topics spanned videoconferencing and 4K through to drones and holograms. At the end of 90 minutes, featuring much audience participation, it was determined that the top five trends to come out of ISE 2015 will be: intelligent devices, IPv6 and 5G networks, consumerisation, software as a service and remote engagement.