Audiovisual Technology Show Success Driven by Conferencing, Digital Signage, Networked AV
InfoComm 2012, the annual conference and exhibition for professional audiovisual buyers and sellers worldwide, held June 13 -15 in Las Vegas, was visited by 34,268 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. This represents a four percent increase in attendance over InfoComm 2011.
“InfoComm continues to be the one trade show where most professional AV service providers make their important buying decisions for the year,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO, InfoComm International. “The AV marketplace has enthusiastically embraced InfoComm as the place to make their purchasing choices, network with product and service providers, and enhance skills through our robust educational program.”
Industry Training, Interest in Certification Surges
Registrations for InfoComm University educational courses totaled 6,940, up 15.6 percent over last year. Super Tuesday, a full-day of advanced instruction for AV pros, attracted 850 registrants in 2012, up 32 percent from 2011. PreComm attracted 501 registrants, up six percent from 2011. More than 5,561 attended seminars and workshops, nearly 1,000 more than last year. Tours attracted 268 participants.
Attendees come to InfoComm for the diversity of courses on topics ranging from acoustics to videoconferencing. Popular courses were Future Trends and CTS Prep. Other popular classes included Service Level Agreements, Space, Time and Technology: The Future of AV, and AV Signals Gone Wireless. With two-thirds of all of the education sessions being new, participants flocked to classes on smart building technology, networked AV and conferencing.
This year, 145 AV professionals passed the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam onsite, a new record. Twenty-seven passed the CTS-D® and two passed the CTS-I®.
Exposition Shines With the Latest Technology, Breaking News
There were 933 exhibitors participating at InfoComm this year. Exhibitors occupied more than 487,000 net square feet of exhibit and special events space.
Other news released at the Show includes a new InfoComm Sustainability policy for trade shows and operations, a Market Definition and Strategy Study sizing the AV industry at $78 billion, the Board of Directors adoption of an InfoComm Energy Management Standard, a new program with the International Society of Automation to jointly develop building automation standards and the creation of a new partnership with United Veterans Learning Centers designed to train veterans for the CTS credential.
InfoComm 2012 will be the last InfoComm overseen by InfoComm Executive Director and CEO Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., who will retire at the end of the year.