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Monday events raise the curtain on ISE 2019

Returning for its ninth edition, the Smart Building Conference (pictured) runs from 09:00 to 17:30 on Monday 4 February

Although the ISE exhibition doesn’t open its doors until Tuesday 5 February, the previous day sees several pre-show events taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

Returning for its ninth edition, the Smart Building Conference (pictured) runs from 09:00 to 17:30 on Monday 4 February. Divided into commercial and residential tracks, Smart Building Conference is the one chance for ISE attendees to follow the important trends in the building industry that affect the technology inside the building.

Entitled ‘Making Buildings Smart, Making Smart Buildings’, this year’s conference will explore how all stakeholders can work together to use technology to make homes, offices and commercial buildings smarter and better for everyone. Among more than 30 expert speakers are senior executives from some of the world’s highest-profile smart building companies; from architect practices; from integrators operating on the front line; from consultancies; and from real estate companies. Google will also present on its vision of the Internet of Things.

You can find out more details, and register to attend, at

Also beginning on Monday morning will be AudioForum, produced by ISE media partner Connessioni. The only ISE event completely dedicated to the audio world, it is targeted both at audio professionals with technical training and at with a professional interest in the relationship between sound diffusion, the acoustic environment, well-being and the listening experience.

Topics covered include: sound broadcasting, acoustics, environmental and listening comfort ; the perception of sound, from the physiology of the auditory system to psychological variables;  ‘Negative Absorption’, an economic electroacoustic solution for making corrections in a room; and audio environments with multi-source audio systems.

AudioForum runs from 09:30 to 16:30. More details and a registration link can be found at

Both conferences will finish in time for the Opening Address, by master projection designer Bart Kresa. This takes place in the Forum at 18:00, and is open to all – no advance booking is required. Kresa’s new projection mapping sculpture Sviatovid – which will set a new benchmark in audiovisual art – is receiving its world premiere at ISE 2019; in the Opening Address, Kresa will talk about the technical background to this outstanding new work.
Following the Opening Address, all are welcome at the ISE 2019 Opening Reception, which takes place in the Forum Lounge. This traditional curtain-raiser to the show is the ideal setting to relax and unwind, and catch up with industry colleagues, over complementary food and drinks.