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Opening Panel Discussion gathers experts to set the IT/AV agenda

The pre-show Opening Panel Discussion, under the theme and title of How Sensors are Bringing AV and IT Together, will assemble a panel of business and technology experts drawn from Google; CDEC; Harman; NEC and Context to explore one of the systems integration businesses hottest topics – the rapid evolution and implementation of IP technology and its effect on AV and IT networks.

The free-to-attend event on 8 February will be led by David Rowan, editor-in-chief of WIRED UK magazine, who will introduce the topic and moderate the panel. WIRED UK is the award-winning technology, innovation and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future. Rowan travels the world searching out the latest apps and gadgets, the cutting-edge R&D departments, universities and start-ups that are changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to wearable technology to smart homes.

Rowan commented: “IP has proven to be the ‘Great Unifier’, bringing together many diverse industries onto the network. Given the ramp-up of cloud, video, unified communications and collaboration, digital signage, smart building and mobile, this panel brings together experts to discuss how AV and IT share today’s voice/video/data network.”

The Opening Panel discussion brings together an unprecedented knowledge base. The participants are:

  • Toni Barnett, managing director, CDEC. Barnett leads a £13m business with a team of 40 operations, sales and admin staff and around 50 engineers working across the UK for professional integrator CDEC.
  • Jonathan Wagstaff, country manager, Context. Wagstaff has managed global data-collection projects for major IT vendors and is currently responsible for the UK and IE IT distribution, reseller, and retail panel for Context.
  • Kevin Morrison, executive vice president, Harman. Morrison has been involved in the AV & IT (hardware and software) and broadcast industries internationally for over 25 years. He is now responsible for global sales of Harman brands under the Harman Professional Division.
  • Mark Grady, channel sales lead EMEA, Google, Android and Chrome for Work. Grady looks after the business sales and business development of Google’s suite of Chrome and Android products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Bernd Eberhardt, president and CEO, NEC Display Solutions. NEC Display Solutions Europe has its European headquarters in Munich and, with its own R&D, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers offering a wide product range of leading display solutions.

The Opening Panel Discussion will take place in the Forum at 18:00 and be followed by the official Opening Reception in the Forum Lounge until 21:00. Complimentary food and drink will be available for all attendees.

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