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For the first time, ISE 2013 will occupy Halls 1-12 of the RAI. In the first of two main previews in Installation, the team from thedaily presents just a few of the new products that will be on show across various product categories – beginning with unified communications, conferencing and collaboration

Videoconferencing equipment manufacturer Ashton Bentley will be showing its range of products, all of which are designed to simplify every stage of the process of installing, running and maintaining VC systems. The products are designed to be foolproof to assem- ble, and do not require any tools. To demonstrate how easy they are to put together, two teams of two peo- ple will be pitted against each other against the clock, to see who can assemble a system most quickly, on a raised area of the stand. Japan’s BXB will show how it

has added mobile management to its conferencing system via its new iOS app, which works with the iPhone and the iPad. Users can program remote conferencing mode settings via a simple menu. Camera position and focus can be set on both devices; and on the iPad, one can also set meeting place and microphone allocation. The app can be run either inde- pendently or on multiple devices via WiFi through a wireless AP. BXB also claims to have revolu- tionised microphone ID setting, by replacing DIP switches with digital encoding – allowing users to easily assign any ID to any con- nected microphone. Chinese manufacturer Gonsin will be showing the Daya DCS- 1020 distributed congress system. This offers fully digital, scalable, versatile and reliable platform- based congress solutions for microphone discussion, interac- tive voting, simultaneous interpre- tation, attendance registration,


Integrated Systems Events has announced that globally renowned cyber-illusionist Marco Tempest will present the Keynote Address on the eve of ISE 2013. This follows the success of the inaugural Keynote at last year’s event. Tempest, who has presented at TED, the Royal Society, Google and other corporate and institutional bodies, uses augmented reality technology to create video illusions in real time. Titled ‘Inventing The Impossible’, Tempest’s presentation will address the use of illusion as a creative tool and how it can be used to bring

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seemingly impossible scenarios to life. Using examples of the magical illusion work he has designed in collaboration with engineers, animators and programmers, the Keynote will focus on the envisaging of future technologies, the value of open-source projects and how illusion can provide an inviting gateway to social-media interactivity. “Marco Tempest has a worldwide reputation as an inspirational speaker whose use of computer-based imagery, augmented reality and other visual technologies is as original as it is breathtaking,”

commented Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events. “His unique take on the use of illusion as a creative tool fits perfectly with ISE’s business and technology landscape, while his commitment to collaboration, creativity and enterprise could hardly be more topical.” Tempest added: “My interest in computer-generated imagery is what led me to incorporate video and digital technology into my work as a magician, and develop a new form of contemporary illusion. The expansion of the internet and

social media has provided more opportunities for digital illusions and interacting with audiences, and in Amsterdam I hope to show that using these influences in smart, creative and compelling ways can indeed allow us to ‘Invent The Impossible.’” Tempest’s Keynote Address will begin at 18:00 on Monday 28 January, and will be located in the Forum of ISE’s Amsterdam RAI show venue. The Keynote will be followed at 19:00 by ISE’s 10th Birthday Party, to be held in the adjacent Forum Lounge. Admission to both events is free of charge to all ISE attendees.


Vitec will be showing a wide variety of on-premises and cloud-based videoconferencing solutions, as well as audio products

camera tracking, digital recording and software control. Features of the DCS-1020 include touchscreen operation, presentation transcript, intercom short messages, service calls, soft keyboard input and a multilingual interface.

Equipped with a 4.3in LCD

touchscreen, it features an interac- tive UI. Via the congress manage- ment system software, users can configure a highly scalable system for conference breakout sessions or multi-room conventions. The new DC-1000 Techcam Visualiser from Vision features four integrated laser pointers which outline the A4 capture area on the table, allowing the user to interact more naturally with what- ever is being shown.

The company claims that by selecting a 1600 x 1200 sensor the image quality is better, motion is smoother and compression is minimised.

Stuart Lockhart, general man- ager of Vision, commented: “Five megapixel document cameras need such extreme compression to pass through USB, they are effec- tively two megapixel. Visualisers are used for live demonstrations, often with 1280 x 768 projectors, so a 1600 x 1200 camera is more than adequate.” The installation product brand will also be showing the latest introduction to its Techconnect Twist range – a VGA over Cat5e system named TC2 VGATP. Distributor Vitec is showcasing a comprehensive array of AV and

The Ashton Bentley stand will feature a timed team challenge for assembling its equipment

UC solutions across its two stands at ISE. Polycom’s RealPresence Desktop solution is said to pro- vide for simple and easy-to-use HD videoconferencing on desktop systems. Also being demonstrated is the Cloud-based VideoMeet videoconferencing service, which Vitec markets with a package including mobile phone-like term contracts combined with hard- ware subsidies.

Also featured on the stands are

solutions aimed at offering small and medium-sized businesses sim- ple, affordable and flexible on- premise or Cloud solutions, including StarLeaf’s Cloud-based

video PBX. The StarLeaf solutions are plug and play- capable and autoconfigure them- selves after being connected to a network.

In the audio realm, Vitec is fea- turing the Revolabs FLX wireless conference phone, which com- prises several distinct components and comes with independent speakers and microphones, provid- ing for free placement in the room. Also on show is the Konftel 55W– a wireless conference phone with a high-resolution touchscreen and OmniSound technology for what the company describes as superb crystal clear sound.

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