InfoComm 09 Ready For Takeoff

  • InfoComm 09 is just around the corner, and once again the dynamic conference and trade show programs are set to inform attendees on a comprehensive array of conferencing, professional audio, digital signage, display, lighting, control system, and signal distribution technology solutions. InfoComm will be held June 14-19, in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center.
  • “It’s certainly going to be the largest show we’ve ever done on the east coast,” remarks Jason McGraw, InfoComm’s Senior Vice President of Expositions. “We are expecting 28,000 to attend, which will exceed our 2006 Orlando attendance total of 26,000. This will be a milestone event for us.”
  • The trade show will feature 850 exhibitors and almost 450,000 net square feet of exhibits, more than a few of which are remarkable for their size and comprehensiveness. “If you look at different parts of InfoComm, they are the largest of their sort in the U.S.,” notes Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director of InfoComm. “It is without a doubt the largest display show, it’s the largest show for conferencing, and it is among the largest for digital signage and professional audio. What you get is three or four of the top shows within one Show, and the pavilions incubate new things going on. That’s what keeps us growing.”
  • The Show’s online real-time exhibit Show floor plan indicates that hallmark exhibitors are continuing their involvement this year, including AMX, Atlas Sound, Biamp, Bosch, Bose, Crestron, Extron, Harman, Hitachi, LG, NEC, Peavey, Polycom, Samsung, Sony, and TANDBERG. Top lighting manufacturers are also joining the lineup this year, and Cisco will be showing telepresence and digital signage solutions. “We’ve got all the top brands in every technology segment in the Show this year,” McGraw says. “It’s going to be a truly great representation of what’s available in the marketplace.”
  • McGraw adds that a third of all InfoComm attendees do not attend any other trade show in the calendar year. Given the current state of the economy, he observes, “This is a business generating opportunity whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee that you can’t afford to miss. It’s going to be a great event, and it will be a boost in people’s confidence. Gathering and looking at new ideas, concepts and applications, and talking about those opportunities, is energizing.”
  • NSCA Expo at InfoComm will once again offer its NSCA University program and member functions at the Show. InfoComm Pavilions this year present an in-depth look at Audio, Digital Signage, Lighting & Staging, NSCA Electronic Systems, Unified Collaborative Conferencing, and Technologies for Worship.
  • As always, there will be an abundance of special exhibits on the Show floor and special events designed to help attendees learn, network and unwind. Audio Demo Rooms, the Digital Signage Application Showcase, the HD Conferencing and Telepresence Showcase and the System Programming and GUI Design Gallery provide practical applications of important applied technologies. The Manufacturers’ Forum, InfoComm Opening Reception, NSCA’s ExpoJam! and more will keep attendees entertained and engaged with AV industry contacts.
  • The buzz has already begun about a number of new products and technologies that will be introduced at the Show. “Manufacturers didn’t change their product cycles because of the recession—they’ve got new innovations that are ready for release,” Lemke says. “There are going to be things that happen at InfoComm 09 that won’t happen anyplace else in the U.S. or abroad. Even with our successful shows in Europe and Asia, this is still the primary show for the world to see what goes on in our industry.”
Kirsten Nelson is a freelance content producer who translates the expertise and passion of technologists into the vernacular of an audience curious about their creations. Nelson has written about audio and video technology in all its permutations for almost 20 years; she was the editor of SCN for 17 years. Her experience in the commercial AV and acoustics design and integration market has also led her to develop presentation programs and events for AVIXA and SCN, deliver keynote speeches, and moderate and participate in panel discussions. In addition to technology, she also writes about motorcycles—she is a MotoGP super fan.