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InfoComm 2015 Wrap-Up

What a week. The AV industry is still digesting all the things that were released and talked about at InfoComm 2015. Here are some of the highlights.
AMX buys SVSi
One of the first pieces of news to come out of the show last week was the announcement that AMX by Harman had purchased SVSi. Apparently the talks had started before Harman’s acquisition of AMX. The AMX/SVSi discussion was put on hold while the Harman/AMX deal was finalized. Once the ink dried on those contracts the team at AMX headed back to Alabama to continue the courtship. This is a win for both AMX and SVSi. AMX gets an established, proprietary, video-over-IP solution. SVSi gets the research and engineering power of AMX and Harman. According to AMX there are no plans to prevent other control companies to continue to interface with SVSi products.
Sub 1 mm Pitch
Leyard introduced a sub 1 mm pitch LED display. With a separation between LEDs so small this looks like a flat panel at nominal distances. It also introduces the possibility of some unique LED installations where traditional displays were the only option.
Microsoft Surface Hub
This is not new as it was debuted at ISE this year. What is a recent development is the ability to order the product starting July 1 from a number of integrators and distributors. There are the big companies that get the product directly from Microsoft but there are also a number of significant integration houses that are getting the product through distribution. In addition, Crestron announced their partnership with the Microsoft Surface Hub line. It will be put into a special bundle and you will need to be pre-qualified to purchase it. The criteria for that pre-qualification has yet to be set. See your Crestron rep for the details.
Record Setting Attendance
With 39,105 attendees, this year’s InfoComm Show was the biggest in history. It marks the third consecutive year of growth for the show. It is also significant in that the East Coast show is typically not as well attended as the West Coast show. This means we should expect the InfoComm Show to top 40,000 next year.
AVNation also had some great things happen last week. Our Tweetup was a huge success with over 200 AV professionals stopping by and networking. InfoComm chief Dave Labuskes even stopped by for a few minutes. We produced some great shows, interviews, and booth tours. Keep an eye out as we roll these out over the next few weeks.
That’s all from here. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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