Even if you’re not battling unresolved issues from all the childhood party invitations “lost in the mail,” no one likes feeling left out. Last week social media was abuzz with bright lights and shiny objects from Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam. If you were unable to attend, it was hard to shake FoMO (fear of missing out) syndrome.
To support those who wanted to be there but couldn’t, we’ve assembled the best of ISE resources in this blog. So order up a stroopwafel or crack open a Heineken and immerse yourself in the ISE experience.
Why AV Professionals Flock to Amsterdam – In Cold February
ISE is an impressive annual gathering that focuses on residential and commercial technology. Manufacturers, integrators, and other industry professionals all get to mingle at this massive event that’s put on by CEDIA and InfoComm International.
Here is a snapshot of this year’s ISE by the numbers:
- 4 days
- 150 countries represented
- 600 members of the press and media
- 1,192 vendors
- 79,413 registered attendees
Attendance increased 11.7% over 2016. There are a lot of exciting changes happening in this industry, including product innovation and evolving integration, and that’s been reflected in the way this show has transformed over the years. The first ISE was in 2004 with 120 exhibitors and 3,500 attendees. It’s now the world’s largest AV and systems integration show. And it’s not just for those in Europe, as you can see by the number of countries represented.
No Shortage of Big Ideas in Panels and Keynotes
If you’ve ever wondered how we will “script the interplay between digital space and physical space,” check out this write-up on the opening address from Ole Scheeren. Not that we needed it, but Scheeren gave us another reason to watch The Matrix for the 200th time.
There were also a number of excellent panel discussions including this one on the Death of Hardware and this one on the Challenges Huddle Rooms Present for the AV industry.
Ever Wondered How You Look IRL When Playing in VR?
Virtual reality was in full display in the Immersive Technology Zone. There’s no question the advances in hardware and software is impressive, but we’re still opting to experiment with this in the privacy of our basement.
You can read more about VR, augmented reality, and how industry insiders expect this technology to shape education in this ISE blog post.
Sights and Sounds from ISE 2017
To really see ISE through the eyes of attendees, you can’t beat social media. There are fantastic collections of images and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Look at these with crowd sounds playing in the background and you’ll really feel like you were there.
Here are a few more industry publication sites that offer plenty of videos and write-ups for your viewing pleasure.
- AVNation http://www.avnation.tv/ise-integrated-systems-europe-2017/
- Commercial Integrator http://www.commercialintegrator.com/event/ise-2017/
- InAVate http://www.inavateonthenet.net/news/article/ise-2017-shows-an-industry-embracing-change
- rAVe Publications http://www.ravepubs.com/ise2017/