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What is the ‘next gen’ workplace

The idea of a ‘next gen work- place’

is pretty standard,

right? Open plan, bookable huddle spaces, meeting pods and the obligatory ping-pong table - or is it?

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Nominations for the AV News Awards 2020 opened on the 1st August and will close on the 1st December 2019. The announcement of the winners and presentation of the Awards will be made on the first morn- ing of ISE 2020 in the RAI Amsterdam. The theme of the event will be a ‘Thank you to Amsterdam’, with video and audio highlights edited from content gathered from previous events in the venue.

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Growing the education network

50,000 students are current- ly studying for their degrees using Distance Learning solu- tions. Is Distance Learning is opening up the next wave of higher education growth.

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New Midwich showroom and demo facility

Midwich Group has announced the opening of a new 50,000 sqft+ southern showroom called Innovation House, lo- cated in Bracknell, Berkshire. The state-of-the-art show- room will be one of the largest multi-vendor experience cen- tres in the UK and will show- case the Group’s wide-ranging technologies from across Mid- wich, PSCo, Sound Technology, Holdan and Invision.

The showroom will be equipped with cutting edge training rooms which will have the capacity to train an un- precedented number of man- ufacturers.

It will include a

14-metre-high research and development space, dedicated training rooms, a cinema room, flexible event space, as well as an impressive office space which can accommodate up to 80 technical specialists from LED and Rental specialists, PSCo, and Midwich’s Technical Division.

Stuart Holmes, Director of

PSCo, said: “The opening of Innovation House, one of the largest multi-vendor experience centres in the UK, is a tru- ly exciting time for PSCo and Midwich. This location will see the consolidation of Midwich Technical, who were previous- ly based in Crowthorne, and PSCo, who will be relocating from Reading into an exciting working environment. The vast working space will give Mid- wich and PSCo the necessary room to grow in the long term and we look forward to using Innovation House to showcase the Group’s wide-ranging tech- nologies.”

New address: Midwich Ltd

Innovation House Unit 3 Segro Park Ellesfield Avenue Bracknell Berkshire RG12 8HH Telephone: 01344 592250

The market for collaboration displays, with embedded cam- eras, microphones and speak- ers optimised for conferenc- ing applications, increased by 172% by volume during the 12 months ending March 2019, reports Futuresource Consult- ing. “It’s nearly ten years since SMART launched the first in- teractive display tailored to the corporate market,” remarked Colin Messenger, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Con- sulting. “Since then, the seg-

Collaboration display volumes for full-year 2018 increased by over 154%, says Futuresource. The collaboration displays mar- ket is divided into three key segments. These are Interac- tive Flat Panel Display (IFPD) conferencing end points, net- work connected IFPDs and Uni- fied Communications Displays (UCDs). IFPD conferencing end points similar

are in feature set to

standard corporate IFPDs, but with the addition of embedded

cating 20% growth this year. This segment is dominated by Sharp, accounting for more than two out of every three device sales, with Ricoh and Viewsonic also prominent brands in the space.

UCDs provide an end-to-end hardware and platform solu- tion, optimised to support a specific platform, typically incurring a monthly or annual platform licensing fee. Due to the lack of availability of Mi- crosoft Surface Hub, volumes

in this segment fell by 15% in 2018, with 2019 forecasts also being reduced, as the Surface Hub 2S will not be shipped until Q3 2019 at the earliest. How- ever, Cisco’s WebEx Board has performed well, resulting in Cis- co commanding more than 75% market share, compared to Goo- gle Jamboard at less than 25%. Futuresource expects contin- ued growth for the overall col- laboration displays market, with total volumes forecast to have a CAGR of 25.1% up to 2023.

Growth in TV shipments records a 10-year high

Worldwide TV shipments are rid- ing high, ending 2018 with the strongest growth rate this de- cade, with value up by 6%, ac- cording to a new market report from Futuresource Consulting. The report also reveals that 8K shipments, despite major obsta- cles, will grow considerably from 0.2 million units in 2019, with 130% CAGR through to 2023, as brands get behind the tech- nology.

ment has expanded to include more than 20 brands, with ev- ermore sophisticated solutions and embedded collaboration tools now the core focus.” “Over the last three years, interest and demand has gone through the roof. The corporate meeting room has been trans- formed, with modern working habits and technological ad- vancements contributing to its rebirth as a collaborative workspace. With developments in collaboration displays taking place during this time of work- place reinvention, display ven- dors are well-positioned to take full advantage.”


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cameras, microphones and speakers. This segment is ac- celerating fast, the devices are proving particularly popular in China, where CVTE and Hite- Vision are the market leaders. The segment is also gaining traction from leading interac- tive

display vendors, already

selling high volumes into the education market, now focus- ing on collaboration products with success.

Network connected IFPDs, with the addition of network connectivity as the name sug- gests, experienced 11% vol- ume growth in 2018, with Futuresource forecasts indi-

“Last year, worldwide TV ship- ments chalked up 227 million units, with a trade value of $85 billion,” reports Matthew Rubin, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “All this action is the result of a number of factors, applying pressure and influencing


landscape. Price reductions for premium technologies like 4K have started to open up the mass market; meanwhile, major investment in South East Asian production has not only helped the local market, but also driv- en down large screen pricing across the globe. And despite some localised macro-economic

problems, which have caused sig- nificant shipment fluctuations for several countries, the world view is positive.”

“Although it faces a range of challenges, 8K is standing on the threshold of growth,” says Rubin. “Sets are being showcased by most brands and will grow from just 0.1% of global shipments in 2019 to exceed 2% by 2023. China will be the biggest driver of growth in 2019, accounting for nearly one third of shipments, as disposable income continues to climb. How- ever, we expect a lack of content will persist over the coming years, curtailing consumer demand.” Samsung and Sharp have been the only major players in 8K tech- nology so far, but Futuresource ex- pects most other brands to launch at least one 8K set. Content avail- ability is likely to make some prog- ress, driven by online platforms like Vimeo. However, with the majority of content still being produced in SD, HD and full HD, content cre- ators still have a long way to go.

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