Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam is quickly approaching, and it is already giving off a more innovative vibe than in years past. Could it be that traditional A/V is finally being swept aside for more dynamic software-based, user-centric, and forward thinking solutions? I certainly hope so. If you’ve never been to ISE, it is a conference dominated by video-switching and control companies like Crestron and AMX, display/audio manufacturers, and A/V resellers. Lots of cables, video standards talk and racks of displays. In the past I’ve considered this conference to be somewhat behind the times; for instance two years ago the “hot” topic was how A/V and IT are merging…snore. But something feels different this year.
The keynote speaker, for example, is Marco Tempest, a magician who is known for his integrated use of advanced visual technologies in his performances. The Future Trends Summit is an eclectic mix of folks across the spectrum of interactive visualization and display technology including Kiat Huang of Google, Simon Birkett of SCHOMS, and Robert Simpson of Electrosonic.
Mersive is holding its own event at ISE to show a preview of Solstice, media sharing software for collaboration without the need for advanced video switches. You can register to attend the event here. The Solstice event will be a chance for folks to sit down with the software, provide feedback, and interact on a shared display . Solstice is the very embodiment of software-eating-hardware, and I’ll be really interested to hear what the audience thinks of the experience.
I enjoy ISE every time I attend, though this year I have high expectations that the shift in the A/V space towards a more innovative market is finally here. Guess we’ll all find out next week.
We’ll see you at ISE!