I have just returned from a busy 2 days in Amsterdam for Integrated Systems Europe. ISE is the world’s biggest pro Audio Visual show and boasts 15 halls packed with technology. It really is huge!
The RAU AV team were invited to attend by GV Multimedia, who are our AV solutions provider. Unfortunately our main AV expert couldn’t make it so I had to visit alone, luckily GV are a very friendly bunch and took good care of me.
I spent my time at the show focused on a couple of key areas:
- Digital classrooms – I really liked the Wolf Vision visualizer (which allows small objects to be projected on to a display screen for in depth visualization by students) and their Cynap advanced collaboration and wireless projection. These type of systems could offer lots of opportunities for joint working by our students. I now know that there are three main mirroring protocols: Airplay for Apple devices, Miracast for Windows devices and Chrome cast for Android devices. We also looked at the Barco Weconnect set up.
- Furniture – Lots of tables and room set ups that promote collaborative working – the most relevant ones were by Top Tec and Team Mate. Some of the huddle spaces would work great in smaller spaces and corridors.
- Video conferencing cameras and solutions – We spent time looking at Logitech Meetup which is designed for small conference rooms.
- Portable projectors – Who’d have known how many different types of portable projectors are out in the market! You need to consider throw ratio (the ratio of the distance from the lens to the screen to the screen width), shift range (the ability to move the projector lens), lumens (how bright it is), zoom, size, connectivity, and more. We looked at Casio, Optoma, Epson, Panasonic and others.
- Room booking – We took a trip out of Amsterdam to visit Extron offices and were introduced to their room booking tools including wall mounted TouchLink scheduling panels.
There was a lot to take in and lots to learn, but it proved to be a really interesting experience. I mean it’s not every day that you get to see a pole dancing robot – the ethics of this are discussed further in this article.