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For the latest show news and updates follow #ISE2014 SVG Summit to debut at ISE 2014 New half-day event will focus on the trends and techniques shaping the integration of sports facilities worldwide


TAKING place on the afternoon of 5 February, Sport Facility Integration Summit is a new conference event produced by Sports Video Group (SVG) Europe and aimed at integrators, distributors and manufacturers visiting the annual ISE exhibition. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about the latest trends and techniques related to sports facility systems integration, as well as the next- generation tools that can make the difference between a good and a great fan experience. Incorporating panel sessions and bespoke case study presentations, the summit will begin with an examination of control room technologies. As video display resolution increases, the need for effective tools to create and deliver HD and, in the near-future, 4K images intensifies. This panel session will consider the newest product offerings in control room technologies, how they are being deployed today, and how they can help make your client’s facility futureproof. Aimed primarily at new

entrants to the market, the second session will find European systems integrators discussing their experiences of gaining a foothold in the sports venue

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market, as well as which countries and regions are likely to afford the most opportunities over the next couple of years. The emergence of a new

generation of video and audio transport technologies has been an abiding theme of recent ISE events, so it’s appropriate that these be considered with regard to installation in sports facilities.

making the difference to venue audio, including more affordable self-powered loudspeakers and highly efficient Class D amplification topologies. The Summit’s final session will shift the emphasis to the most important person in the whole equation – the sports fan – and their changing expectations of the stadium experience. Venue


several keynote presentations exploring specific recent sports integration projects. Ken Kerschbaumer, editorial

In this panel session, experts will discuss the latest developments in this area, including the rise of standards-backed networking technologies such as AVB. By common agreement, the

standard of audio in sports venues worldwide has improved dramatically over the last decade, inspired in no small part by the need to be match-ready for major sporting tournaments. As part of Sport Facility Integration Summit, consultants and integrators will discuss the tools and techniques

professionals will discuss the blend of services they are delivering – from big-screen visuals to mobile-based content – and what assistance they need from systems integrators to ensure that solutions remain fit for purpose. Xavier De Vynck, VP business development – sports division at EVS, and Charles ‘Chuck’ Meyer, CTO, core products at Miranda, will be among the industry leaders contributing to the panels. The Summit will also feature

director of SVG Europe, comments: “Sport venue and broadcast facilities are often the most technically complex and challenging for systems integrators to build. It is also a rapidly expanding market opportunity and is in need of integrators that have an understanding of new technologies and workflows. The Sport Facility Integration Summit will be the place for systems integrators and sport production professionals to fill that knowledge gap and create new revenue opportunities.” “We’re hugely excited to be launching this new event at ISE 2014,” says SVG Europe general manager Joe Hosken. “The Sport Facility Integration Summit provides an opportunity to really drill down into the issues that are affecting the design and delivery of sports venues worldwide. New media and broadcast expectations mean that this is a time of unprecedented change, and we look forward to reflecting that sense of excitement throughout the day.” For more details and to register, visit

The Sports Video Group is a trade association for professionals involved with the creation, production and distribution of sports content. Launched eight years ago in the USA, SVG draws its membership from groups including federations, rightsowners, national broadcasters, OB providers, production companies, sports clubs, systems integrators and venues. A dedicated European operation was introduced in 2012 to represent more comprehensively the interests of non-US-based members with a regularly updated news-based website, weekly newsletter, and varied programme of conference and summit events. 2014 promises to be SVG Europe’s biggest year yet with plans for a revamped web presence and a quintet of conference events, including Sport Facility Integration Summit (February, Amsterdam), Football Production Summit (March, Paris), SportTech Europe (May, London), Sport Production Summit (September, Amsterdam) and FutureSport 2014 (December, location TBC).

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