Here’s the Major Tech You’ll See at ISE 2020

first_imgAs the ProAV sector gears up for ISE 2020, opening its doors on February 11, 2020, here’s a review of what Futuresource sees as the key trends and technologies likely to emerge from the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration professionals.Brought to you by the professional AV team at Futuresource, this pre-show roundup will help you navigate the technology landscape. With more than 80,000 attendees expected from across the globe, and more than 1,300 exhibitors, there’s a lot to take in. If you need any further guidance, the Futuresource team will be on hand throughout the event to ensure you get the best possible experience.As smart buildings gain traction, we should see companies on the show floor depicting the transformation from today’s open-plan offices into working environments that integrate smart technology to enhance and improve the office experience. Look out for a change of emphasis, from simple lighting and heating control to promoting increased wellbeing and improved workplace productivity.Meeting room booking systems that integrate more succinctly into building management systems (BMS), immersive audio, voice and gesture control, and products using 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are all solutions that Futuresource expects to be featured across the show floor. Watch out for a continued shift from dedicated hardware into software-based solutions, as PC processing power becomes more affordable.There’s no doubt that data will be at the forefront of pro AV industry growth moving forward, and this will be reflected on the show floor. Whether that’s through digital experience platforms (DXP) in signage, AVMS in corporate environments or less complex analytics tools tailored towards education. Companies will be demonstrating analytics that offers the potential for end-users to gain far greater value from their AV investment, helping them to design cost-saving and resource-efficient initiatives. Buy-in to signage platforms, whether integrated into display solutions or not, also raises the potential to lock customers into respective ecosystems, providing a new way for AV brands to foster customer loyalty.As tier-two vendors and players from other sectors enter the video and control market, Futuresource expects to see launches of more mid-range products from the tier-one vendors. Alongside this, visitors should also see more vendors launching low bandwidth codecs like HEVC and AVB.Looking to AV over IP, Futuresource anticipates more vendors announcing that they have joined the Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance or Dante’s AV Alliance. There could also be an Application Specified Integrated Circuit (ASIC) from the SDVOE, with examples integrated into projectors, wall plates and other equipment. Cloud-based room control systems are also likely to be a hot product at the show.The corporate space is being dominated by two mounting trends: collaboration and connectivity. Ecosystems and their interoperability will be a key focus at ISE 2020, as will further launches of solutions offering these features.Leading brands in the collaboration space are expected to showcase improved compatibility and increased accessibility to advanced features. Within the WPS market, 4K, as well as a wide range of features and connection options, is expected at the high end. Simultaneous screen sharing will begin to feature more at the mid-range and entry-level solutions will continue to showcase affordable 1080p. A key theme for collaboration across ISE is expected to be Artificial Intelligence (AI), with the aim to improve the quality and seamlessness of remote collaborative meetings. Collaboration displays are also expected to be released, with expanded feature sets allowing them to operate as room hubs on top of their already rich capabilities. Collaboration technologies’ applicability will again be reinforced, as the industry continues to invest in tools to suit all needs.Many of the interactive display brands that have spent the last week at Bett, the international education show in London, will switch their focus to show their corporate displays range at ISE. Due to the close proximity of the two events, some have chosen ISE over Bett, so expect to see more than two dozen brands exhibiting interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) at the show. Fleshing out the features has been a core trend for IFPDs in recent years, primarily concentrating on the integration of collaboration tools like cameras, high-quality audio conferencing and wireless presentation. Futuresource expects this trend to continue, with more vendors incorporating sensors into the displays, as meeting room analytics becomes an increasingly hot topic for the AV industry.Expect the world’s leading front projector brands to focus on flexibility at ISE 2020. Mapped installations will envelop the show-floor, astounding visitors and demonstrating projection’s creative potential. Watch out for the increased availability of high-bright and 4K solutions in the high-end, while solid-state and connectivity will be a focus in the lower-end. Advances in ultra-short throw and laser projection techniques will also be on display.See related  Apple Moves to Secure Greater Slice of the Smart Speaker PieIt’s projection’s ability to sit across a range of verticals, from education to signage, that will be evident, as the industry underlines its continued relevance and attempts to fight off competition from LCD, OLED and LED.The rapid growth in direct view LED walls will continue to spread across the show floor. However, this year there will be a strong focus on sub-1mm displays, with a host of vendors expected to show 0.9-millimeter, 0.7-millimeter and even 0.5-millimeter options. Yet, confusion surrounding the underlying technology will still abound, as vendor marketing materials reference MiniLED, MicroLED, X-in-1 and, to a lesser extent, COB. Visitors may also see improvements to contrast ratio, showcasing HDR content, as advances could be used for more precisely controlled backlighting.Beyond pixel pitch, Futuresource expects to see more all-in-one solutions from vendors, targeting presentation spaces with high-resolution walls. This will reflect the growing awareness and sales performance from this segment in the last 12 months. Closely linked to both these topics, there will be conversations around improved durability, which is a much-needed feature. Also, in a world that has been so heavily focused on standardization to drive volume, watch out for creative solutions, particularly flexible and transparent LED.8K resolutions are expected to be the focus for many flat-panel vendors. Still very much in its infancy for professional displays, 8K is becoming a key demonstration technology, highlighting applications where the extra detail could be appreciated and needed. In addition, Futuresource expects analytics for both signage and presentation spaces to take center stage. On the signage side, analytics are become ever-more essential, as advertisers explore ways to target visitors with tailored messages, rather than off-the-peg messaging, which often fails to connect.For LCD video walls, visitors will see a continued focus on very small bezels. More vendors are expected to show the latest generation of Razor Narrow Bezels (RNB), where images are less obscured by the join. This will become more important, as LCD tries to impede the advances of Narrow Pixel Pitch LED products, emphasizing its economical appeal when compared with the very expensive NPP product.Large-format displays have the potential to migrate from commercial to residential installations, though still many years away. However, this illustrates the beginnings of ambient intelligence and screens that can blend into the environment. Expect to see new display technologies that include live projection mapping and blending. Volumetric display and point-cloud capture techniques may also be showcased during the event.ISE 2020 could be the best year yet for audio, with installed live sound targeted at theatres, stadiums and other venue spaces a key feature during the show. Be prepared for a buzz around the opportunities in small venues, auditoria, lecture theatres and corporate event rental.In commercial audio, new and existing surface mount and ceiling speakers will continue to play an important role, riding the wave of retail refurbishment, hotel installs and large PA and background music projects. The show will also be important for brands aiming for the vast quantity of small businesses, bars and cafes that need the right balance between usability and sound quality. Watch out for the continued overlap of residential brands and the potential for consumer brands to impact this market.In the workplace collaboration space, expect innovations attuned to the video conferencing trend and the frequent discussion of DSP systems and networking. While audio, visual and IT will all combine to form integrated offerings.Watch out for new hybrid lighting fixtures and laser-based offerings in the moving head professional lighting and console sector. Higher output Lamps and LED-based fixtures will be on display, along with more high-end fixtures, with an MRSP above $6K, as this segment becomes more competitive.Futuresource also expects a focus on more output with less power, in terms of lumens per watt, and a wider offering of IP rated fixtures for use outdoors and in dusty or damp environments. There could also be more integration of moving head pro lighting with LED walls and projection.Futuresource is here.last_img read more

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Does Happiness Really Make You Healthier? It Depends on Where You Live

first_imgNew York Magazine:I am an Eeyore; I know this. I’m a glass-half-empty, worst-case-scenario, dwell-on-the-imperfections, existential-dread ruminating worrywart, and I envy the people I encounter who seem to effortlessly exude perkiness and fun. That’s not to say there’s no joy in my life; it just doesn’t come as naturally to me as it appears to for others. And yet despite fully meeting the textbook definition of “the opposite of an optimist,” I’ve never thought to label myself a pessimist.…Now, new research seems to show that cultural perceptions of mental states may indeed mediate their physical effect. In a study published last month in the journal Psychological Science, a team of psychologists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported that positivity was related to improved health markers in Americans, but not in Japanese people.The study authors analyzed health data from 1,017 American and 374 Japanese people, taken from the Midlife in the United States and Midlife in Japan studies, both funded by the National Institute on Aging. Participants reported how frequently they had felt ten different positive emotions in the previous 30 days, and blood samples were taken to measure lipid levels, an indicator of heart health.Read the whole story: New York Magazine  More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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‘Conscience Point’

first_imgBridget LeRoy, Rebecca Hill-Genia, Kelly Dennis, Shane Weeks, and Joe Shaw. Independent/Tom KochieAside from the unfortunate event after the Wednesday, February 12, HamptonsFilm screening of “Conscience Point” at Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor — Ruth Vered was taken away in handcuffs after allegedly assaulting a police officer following an aggressive rant about her white privilege (the full story can be read in our police news) — it was an inspiring evening among film-goers, part of the “Air, Land + Sea” series.The film “Conscience Point,” directed by Treva Wurmfeld, held its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival last fall. It tells the story of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s long fight for its sacred land on the East End, mainly in the Shinnecock Hills area, where many revered ancestors are buried. The film dives into the topics of land ownership, the East End’s economic divide, and environmental impact of new development. “My understanding is that a lot of the people who are out year-round are actually quite familiar with a lot of these issues. I think the population that perhaps could be more tuned into some of these issues are more of the people who have a house and come to visit. But the film gets into the historic plight of the Shinnecock, and I’m not sure how much of the history people know,” said Wurmfeld during an interview with The Independent last October. “On the reservation, wounds run deep,” states the film’s website. The movie demonstrates this in a powerful way.Following the screening and a family-style dinner, a panel discussion was held that included Rebecca Hill-Genia, an activist and member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation; Shane Weeks, a Shinnecock tribe member, artist, and cultural consultant; Kelly Dennis, an attorney and member of the Shinnecock Nation; and Joe Shaw, executive editor of the Express News Group. Bridget LeRoy, The Independent’s associate editor, moderated the panel. All three representatives from the Shinnecock Nation were included in the film. As the Shinnecock Nation continues to fight in court and town hall for its burial grounds, while on the heels of the 2018 U.S. Open protests at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, one thing we can take away from the film and the evening as a whole is that it’s time to work together. As Hill-Genia stated during Vered’s offensive speech, “This is about love. This is about love of our ancestors. This is about love of the earth.”This is a film all East Enders should watch.jessica@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Japan named as partner country for Hannover Messe 2008

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Air Products to showcase at Natural Products Expo West

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TWI Developing Digital Turbine Twins

first_imgUK-based independent research and technology organisation TWI Ltd has set its sights on harnessing digital twin technology to transform the process of monitoring and maintaining offshore wind turbines.Building on the combined prior expertise gained from previous collaborative projects such as CMSWind, WTBMonitor and TOWERPOWER, TWI is now embarking on a digital twin solution for the wind turbine industry, with the intention of forming a joint project with industrial partners to deliver a fully integrated approach to structural health monitoring for improved reliability of wind turbines.A condition monitoring system will encompass the entire physical wind turbine providing ongoing structural health analysis.Simultaneously, this will be mirrored virtually with the creation of a 3D model of the wind turbine in the form of a digital twin, including input from different sensors positioned across the physical entity, to continually feedback monitoring data. The output will be fully comprehensive, real-time assessment of the structural condition of individual wind turbine assets, TWI said.Tat-Hean Gan, Business Group Manager, Integrity Management at TWI, said that digital twin’s intelligent data processing capability makes it an ideal platform for preventive and predictive maintenance of the wind turbine’s behaviour and condition.”These virtual models or twins will combine mathematical models describing the physics of the turbine’s operation, with sensor data collected and processed from real assets during real world operations,” Gan said. “Wind farm operators will benefit from being able to predict structural failure and plan maintenance activities with greater accuracy, affording them more control, resulting in reduced maintenance costs and operational downtime during the wind turbine’s lifespan.”last_img read more

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SRA ‘ready and waiting’ for ABSs

first_imgApplications by firms to become alternative business structures (ABSs) could take up to nine months to process, the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed this week. The SRA, which on Tuesday became a licensing authority after two years of preparation, said it is ‘ready and waiting’ to accept forms from new entrants to the legal services market. More than 10 initial applications were made on the first day. As predicted, the Co-operative Legal Services and personal injury firm Irwin Mitchell confirmed they had begun the process. Eddie Ryan, Co-op’s managing director, said his organisation, founded in 2006, would play a ‘leading role’ in the new era. The Parabis Group, made up of defendant firm Plexus Law and claimant firm Cogent Law, is also believed to have applied. However, two organisations tipped to enter the market, AA and Saga, told the Gazette they had not yet begun the process. Tesco, whose brand name is widely used to describe the new ‘Tescolaw’ era, also confirmed it had not applied. Organisations begin the SRA application process by completing an online expression of interest form before a bespoke assessment pack is created. The normal approval period is expected to last for six months, the SRA said, although the authority can grant an extension of three months for further checks. The process costs £2,000, plus £150 for every individual seeking licensing. Ann Morgan, manager of the SRA’s ABS team, said: ‘One size doesn’t fit all, so we’ll have to assess each application on its merits. And while the preparation work has been very comprehensive, we will need to remain flexible in our approach to deal with these new firms. ‘We have to be rigorous and robust – as robust as we are with traditional firms. We’ll be asking for the employment history of everyone going back five years – we need to have detailed information relating to those who want to be regulated by us.’ The opening of the ABS application process by the SRA is a landmark moment in the liberalisation process set in train by the Legal Services Act 2007. Law Society president John Wotton said that reform is important for the entire profession, not only those seeking to adopt the new business model. ‘ABSs can provide new opportunities and growth for law firms, but equally those not seeking to adopt ABS have an imperative to be more competitive, accessible and innovative,’ he said. Although the Council for Licensed Conveyancers began handling ABS applications in October, the Ministry of Justice said the addition of the much-larger SRA would potentially enable thousands more firms to take advantage of the new freedoms. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said the SRA’s entry to the licensing process ‘marks another major milestone for UK legal services’. The new structures will allow the sector to ‘reach new heights, as solicitors’ firms develop new markets, join up with other businesses to offer different products and provide opportunities for growth’, he said. He added: ‘Customers will find legal services more accessible, providing a much more competitive and efficient service.’ Marketing consultancy Rufus Leonard predicted a ‘titanic battle for the hearts and minds of potential customers’ between traditional law firms and new entrants.last_img read more

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Online court won’t repeat failure of Dutch model, MoR claims

first_imgThe failure of a pioneering online court in The Netherlands should not deter efforts to build more ambitious version in England and Wales, the Master of the Rolls has said. In a lecture this month, Sir Terence Etherton laid out for the first time the scale of the ambition behind the proposed ‘Online Solutions Court’, which will be designed to operate largely without lawyers and to dispense ‘preventive justice’.The Netherlands’ Rechtwijzer, an online dispute resolution system for landlord-tenant disputes, debt and divorce, was widely seen as a model for ‘Justice 2.0′ when it was set up in 2014. However, in March this year the project’s backers announced it would shut down in July as it had proved financially unsustainable. According to one estimate, it was handling only 1% of divorces in the Netherlands and its technology backer saw no way of turning the system into a commercial proposition.In his Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture this month, Sir Terence Etherton admitted that the Rechtwijzer had been an inspiration for Lord Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review, which proposed an online court. ‘It might be thought that the failure of the Rechtwijzer does not augur well,’ Etherton said. However, he cautioned against drawing this conclusion, claiming a ‘fundamental difference’ between the proposed Online Solutions Court and the Rechtwijzer.  #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Sir Terence EthertonSource: Photoshot’Our approach is to develop a court which incorporates ODR into its processes, rather than to develop an ODR platform which sits outside the court system,’ he said. ‘We are seeking to enhance our civil court, not create an online alternative to it. As such, the question of preference that undermined take-up in the Netherlands is unlikely to be replicated here.’ Elsewhere in his speech Etherton set out the scale of the judiciary’s ambitions for the Online Solutions Court – which he said is not yet an official name. It will operate in three stages.First, it will assist individuals to find the right sources of legal advice and help in order to enable them to consider whether they have a viable legal dispute. By helping individuals before who have not yet reached the stage of beginning legal action it will ‘secure access to preventive justice’. Assuming there is a viable dispute ‘it will… enable claimants to identify the nature of their claim and submit relevant documents, such as the claim form, online.’ In the second stage, case officers and court administrators ‘exercising judicial functions under the supervision of the judiciary’ will assist parties to manage the claim and reach a settlement. ‘This is a significant departure from the court’s existing role as it wil require a court officer actively to engage the parties in mediation and conciliation processes,’ he said.  The third stage will see the claim adjudicated by a judge. ‘The process will not necessarily take place in a traditional courtroom. It may be carried out online by video-link, by telephone or on the papers.’ Overall, Etherton said, the online court would ensure the core functions of the civil courts are ‘not simply maintained but augmented’. While the process will be designed so that individuals can access the system without the need for legal advice, he conceded that lawyers ‘will no doubt continue to play an important role in many cases’ especially those that proceed to disposal by a judge.last_img read more

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LGV Est contract awarded

first_imgFRANCE: The first contract for civil engineering work on the second phase of the Ligne à Grande Vitesse Est européenne was approved by the board of Réseau Ferré de France on March 18.Under a package valued at €78·9m, a consortium of Guintoli, Maia Sonnier and NGE GC has been selected for Lot 42, covering 16·8 km of the alignment between Sarraltroff and Danne-et-Quatre-Vents at the eastern end of the Moselle section of the route. The contractors will be responsible for around 9 million m3 of earthmoving and construction of 29 structures. The three companies had previously undertaken similar work on the first phase of LGV Est and LGV Rhin-Rhône. RFF has appointed Inexia and Arcadis to provide project supervision for this section of the route.RFF President Hubert du Mesnil said the announcement was an important step, which marked ‘the real start of operations’ for the extension of LGV Est. He added that ‘major civil engineering works will begin in the summer of 2010, as RFF had committed’.The infrastructure manager plans to call tenders for a further nine lots of civil works over the course of the year. The civil engineering is expected to take around three years, and will then be followed by the railway systems works including tracklaying, electrification and signalling installation; in total the project is expected to generate around 6 000 jobs during the construction phase.Running from Baudrecourt to Vendenheim, the 106 km extension of LGV Est is expected to cut Paris – Strasbourg journey times by a further 30 min from 2 h 20 min to 1 h 50 min, while Luxembourg – Strasbourg will fall from 2 h 10 min to 1 h 25 min. Total cost of Phase II is put at €2 010m, including contributions from the European Union and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.last_img read more

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Apple Pay arrives on London’s transport network

first_imgUK: Apple’s Apple Pay system which links payment card accounts to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watches can be used pay for travel on public transport within London from July 14. Apple Pay has the same validity and is used in a similar way to contactless bank card payment, which has been available on rail services in London since September 2014. Transport for London says that more than 1·2 million contactless transactions/day now represent 17% of pay as you go journeys.’With around one in 10 of all contactless transactions in the UK now taking place on our transport services in London, we are delighted to welcome Apple Pay as another new and convenient contactless way for our customers to pay for their travel’, said TfL Director of Customer Experience, Shashi Verma. ‘I would encourage anyone who uses pay as you go to try contactless. There’s no need to top-up, just touch in and out with your mobile device, credit or debit card.’‘Apple Pay is another welcome and convenient way for people to pay to hop on a train,’ according to David Mapp, Commercial Director at the Association of Train Operating Companies. ‘Many train passengers are already using contactless bank cards and smart cards like Oyster, or buying e-tickets on smartphones. Over the next ten years we will see increasing use of the latest technology to transform the way people buy rail travel.’last_img read more

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