InfoComm opens its doors in Orlando today, returning to the Orange County Convention Center for the first time since 2006. In the intervening three years, the show has grown considerably, and has become the one trade show that combines conferencing, professional audio, digital signage, display, lighting, control system and signal distribution technology solutions.
As a result, despite the current economy, this year’s convocation is easily the largest East Coast convention in InfoComm history. While the 2006 event nabbed 24,600 attendees in total, this year’s show is on track to host an estimated 28,000 visitors that will visit the roughly 850 exhibitors present over the next three days.
“You’ll see a full house—there’s great representation, and exhibitors are here to do business; it’s not a pared-down show that’s bare bones,” says Randal Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director of InfoComm International. “The exhibitors that have come here are optimistic. They’re finding that the people attending this year are very high quality, and that follows the trend of trade shows that have gone on this year. If you look at CES and NAB and others, the biggest decision makers are there, and we think that’ll be our outcome. Overall, we look forward to two-thirds of the attendees being integrators and a third comprised of technology managers and end-users. That’s been our pattern for about five years or so.”
Every year, however, the show offers a chance to see the latest and greatest in techonological innovations, as well as an opportunity to take in educational seminars, visit technology pavilions and, above all, do some networking— the old-fashioned, face-to-face kind that so much of the pro-AV industry is based on.