Integrated Systems Europe 2013
Launched in 2004 for the expanding markets of professional AV and electronic systems integration worldwide, Integrated Systems Europe, or ISE, has quickly grown to become a must-attend event—definitely a show for business, but also for networking, education and technological innovation.
ISE is owned by not-for-profit trade associations, and since 2007 has been a joint venture between InfoComm International and the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). These associations act as the cornerstone of the event’s education program, which grows year over year. According to one attendee I talked to, “This year’s show had the most comprehensive program ever delivered by CEDIA at ISE. With a course structure designed around shorter courses—allowing attendees to still have lots of time on the show floor—attendances were the best ever for CEDIA.”
As in the past six years, ISE was held at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, occupying every hall with over 750 manufacturers and more than 44,000 attendees. The show attracts professionals from every link in the systems integration value-chain, from manufacturers and distributors to dealers, contractors and consultants. ISE also draws ever-growing numbers of end customers from fields as diverse as education, sports, corporate facilities, hospitality and live events.
“We’ve watched this show grow year after year,” said John Benz of CORE Brands, “and it just keeps getting bigger and better. We’ve already had a full training class today; it’s very exciting.”
Benz demonstrated the BlueBOLT platform’s remote monitoring and cloud-based control technology. From the show floor in Amsterdam, he accessed the CORE Brands office in Petaluma, Calif. During a live demo, Benz even used BlueBOLT to turn on the lights in the California office.
“With BlueBOLT,” he explained, “an integrator can do a hard reboot from anywhere in the world. This is just the tip of the iceberg [in terms] of what we can do with [the platform]. If there’s any problem at a client’s home or office, BlueBOLT can alert the integrator; [it] has reduced truck rolls for our dealers by up to 50 percent.”