After 15 years of success, ISE continues to be the largest international trade show for professional AV and electronic system integration. The Grand Home Automation Technical Director, Sean Hotchkiss, recently returned from his second year attending this exclusive event. After the start of ISE in 2004, the event continues to grow astronomically each year; this year, breaking a record of over 81,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors. ISE has been in Amsterdam for the past two years but will relocate to Barcelona for the 2020 event.
ISE promotes technology solutions both for residential homes and commercial businesses. However, the residential focus of this event is responsible for about 12.1% of the show, while the commercial business focus accounts for about 70.5%. The remaining 17.5% of the event includes a combination of both residential and commercial products. Grand Home Automation’s Sean Hotchkiss gives us the run down on the latest technology and newest concepts that are trending in the industry.
Grand Home Automation Brings You Residential & Commercial Tech Solutions from an Inside View
by Sean Hotchkiss
One of the main components of the event that resonated with me was the comeback of home theaters and cinemas. The theater I experienced while there was one of the highest levels of art that humans can achieve. It was uplifting to see that the art of movie-making is not dying and the experience it offers is coming back with better performance than the industry has ever seen!
The Evolution of 5G WiFi & Interaction With Technology
Another important feature this year was the introduction of 5G WiFi and its interaction with technology. Super high speed connections and low latency to various forms of entertainment will continue to advance over time, along with system processing speeds. This will dramatically change into a more fluid and enjoyable experience.
This four-day long event provided an adequate amount of time for me to preview the vendor booths on the floor and take classes. ISE is definitely an event that opens the mind and creates awareness of the many different cultural perspectives in technology. Furthermore, this awareness leads to better advancements in technology across the world. Everyone attending the event has the opportunity to connect, while sharing a common goal: How can we better serve our customers?
Advancements In Lighting Technology for Entertainment Environments
A key inspiration that has stuck with me throughout many of the advancements in technology, is the concept of lighting. Lighting plays a critical role in contributing to a well-done and powerful entertainment space.
The shift has gone from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting. However, the trend has shifted once again, into laser illumination in the newest models of projectors. This provides for better performance while also consuming less energy.
Ideas For Technological Growth Going Forward
As ISE continues to grow, I believe it will also expand into a similar event located in the United States. I envision this merge of technology occurring between five to ten years from now. One of the greatest benefits that ISE provides each year, is the opportunity to interact with and preview advancements in technology. ISE put on a great event and Grand Home Automation prides itself in ensuring that our team is invested in training to better serve our customers.
Sean Hotchkiss is the Technical Director at Grand Home Automation.