The heat of the June Las Vegas sun beat down on the 38,833 attendees of InfoComm, the largest trade show in North America for the professional audiovisual and telecommunications industry. TEECOM was glad to send seven members of our audiovisual group to guide clients around the show floor featuring 1,000 exhibitors, see what new products industry-leading manufacturers are developing, and get a leg up on implementing some of the latest trends in system designs.
Video Over IP
The audiovisual industry has been aggressively pursuing the ability to send video from point to point over the networks, and it seems as though the products coming out in the next six months to a year will provide that kind of potential. This capability promises to reduce the AV footprint required in technology storage rooms, since video and audio are encoded on the network and can be transmitted throughout a building. Additionally, sharing content with any single room or group of rooms will become much simpler.
4K, or Ultra HD, has saturated the audiovisual industry with product. We all see televisions touting their high resolution capabilities, but this was the year when 4K started to see its latest competitors – 8K and HDR. When 4K was introduced, the best way to explain it was that it had the same number of pixels as four HD TVs. 8K is the equivalent of four 4K TVs. That is certainly a lot of pixels! The advantage to having more pixels is better image clarity. But a quality image isn’t just about pixel count, it’s also about truer colors. This is where the HDR (High Dynamic Range) televisions come into play. As opposed to increasing the number of pixels to improve the quality of the image, an HDR display applies technology to improve the quality of the contrast and color. This means blacker blacks and brighter whites, with every other color improving in between.
Internet of Things
It’s likely that you’ve heard some in the tech sector discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of Everything (IoE). This technology trend has become exceedingly widespread and is a massively growing field. The basis behind IoT or IoE is that people are removed from the equation and technology is programmed to know when something is supposed to happen. For example, you might be asleep in your bed while your phone looks at your calendar and realizes that you have an appointment in the morning. The phone then reaches out and pulls information about the current weather and traffic patterns to determine how long it will take you to get where you’re going and suggest when you should leave so that you won’t be late. Simultaneously, the phone communicates to other connected devices what time your alarm is going to go off and triggers the coffeemaker to start brewing just before so that your cup of joe will already be made when you wake up, leaving you primed to make a great impression in your meeting.
The audiovisual industry has been making incremental strides towards becoming a more IT-centric industry over the last few years. These two industries partnering together are running the communications world. This year’s InfoComm trade show was a prime example of how the manufacturers are adopting the IT mentality and are attempting to keep their place in the market while making themselves more ubiquitous in operation with the IT directors.