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Sahara in the post covid era

We first interviewed Sahara own- er and MD Kevin Batley almost 20 years ago. Kevin has taken a well-deserved step back from the coalface, handing responsibility to new CEO Mark Starkey

ISE reassures exhibitors over Barcelona venue

Amid speculation circulating about the state of readiness of the Fira de Barcelona venue for next year’s show. Planning for Integrated Sys- tems Europe 2021 is well underway with its organisers,

signed to guarantee health and safety around the conditioning of spaces and the regulation of visitor flows.”

The Fira de Barcelona exhibi- tion centre plans to reopen for business in September. This

Fira de Barcelona as a Covid-19 hospital. The venues “has partnered with AON and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona and other experts to create a set of safety protocols that are designed to guarantee health and safety.”

Integrated Systems Events, committed to delivering a compelling and safe exhibition for the world’s audiovisual in- tegrated systems community. ISE Events MD Mike Blackman confirmed that: “ISE is committed to deliv- ering an engaging in-person event in Barcelona and is tak- ing all necessary steps to deal with the new post-pandemic reality that will impact those attending exhibitions and con- ducting international business. The Fira de Barcelona has part- nered with AON and the Hos- pital Clinic de Barcelona and other experts to create a set of safety protocols that are de-

will follow the successful com- pletion of a collaboration with risk mitigation consultancy AON and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona which will determine the specific security criteria for holding B2B events at the ven- ue later this year.

Over 850 world leading tech- nology and solutions providers have

already committed to

participate at ISE 2021. Over 55,000 sqm of exhibition floor- space has been confirmed for nine dedicated technology zones. This represents a 5% increase on the total floorspace booked for the 2020 show. The 2021 event will feature a new- look ISE featuring nine dedi-


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cated technology zones, in an easy to navigate layout. These are: Audio, Broadcast and Con- tent Creation (new), Digital Signage & DooH, Education, Live Events (new), Residential, Smart Building, Unified Com- munications and VR/AR/XR. A significant development for ISE 2021 is the strate- gic partnership with The Next Web (TNW), a world-leading technology media brand with extensive reach among global start-ups and technology busi- nesses in general. In conjunc- tion with ISE, TNW will present Growth Quarters – four days of keynotes and presentations ad- dressing all aspects of business growth and scale-up, presented by inspiring technology inno- vators and experts. TNW will also present Fast Lane, where start-ups create solutions that address specific ‘pain points’ within AV businesses. In addition, a five-day solu- tions-themed series of 14 conferences will cover a wide range of topics including digi- tal signage, design and build, control rooms and XR. Natu- rally, ISE will also be devel- oping the show’s digital reach to help engage with a bigger audience than ever before. This will include a wide selec- tion of cross-platform live ISE content being made available, along with many other engag- ing

digital opportunities to

help attendees connect with the world’s leading technology innovators as well as hear from thought-leaders and experts.


Coronavirus screens

and touch-

“Human coronaviruses can re- main infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days. At a tempera- ture of 30°C or more the dura- tion of persistence is shorter,”

CTOUCH builds unique virtual classroom facility

In collaboration with our part- ners Barco and Kinly, CTOUCH has built a unique virtual train- ing room at the its office in Eind- hoven. With this state-of-the-art facility, we make it possible for companies and institutes to organize real-time, interac- tive trainings and classes with co-workers, students or partners from all over the world. The virtu- al training room will also be used

vided in facilitating the com- plete solution, I’m happy that we enable ourselves and other companies to effectively train, teach and coach teams in these challenging times.”

The demand for remote working and blended learning solutions has increased tremendously in the past few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. With many companies currently preparing


The direct channel to the industry

announces supplier agreement with Huddly

Exertis has announced a suppli- er agreement with Huddly for its award-winning video conferenc- ing cameras. Resellers will gain access to the Huddly GO and Huddly IQ, which provide cus- tomers with intelligent camera solutions designed for multiple use cases, including home work- ing, huddle spaces and medium meeting rooms.

According to Research and Markets, there are 33.3 million huddle rooms globally, with less than 3 per cent video enabled. In addition, the requirement for technology to enable efficient, re- mote working during the current Coronavirus pandemic has further increased demand for better cam- era equipment in home working settings.

In collaboration with our partners Barco and Kinly, CTOUCH has built a unique virtual training room at the its office in Eindhoven.

by ourselves to provide collab- oration sessions and technical product trainings to our network of resellers and touchscreen us- ers.

“At this moment, there are only a couple of these training facil- ities in The Netherlands”, says CEO Remmelt van der Woude. “The latest one is built here at our CTOUCH office in Eind- hoven. What makes our virtual training room unique, is that we’ve been able to integrate our touchscreens in it. This adds an extra dimension to an interactive training, since everybody in the session is able to see what’s hap- pening on the touchscreen, in re- al-time. With Barco’s weConnect SaaS solution as a backbone and the expertise that Kinly pro-

for a new way of working, an- other challenge is arising: how to bring interactivity and en- gagement into a virtual class- room environment?

“As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, we see an increased demand from our customers - in education, government and companies for blended learn- ing”, says Robert Blaas, Mar- keting Director Kinly Benelux. “However, what is missing in many of the solutions for blend- ed learning are interactivity and engagement. Matters that are important in training and lec- tures. Together with Barco and CTOUCH, we have built a solu- tion for remote education and training where interactivity and engagement are paramount.

The Huddly GO is a small, 150° wide-angle camera aimed at home working and small meeting room use cases. The flagship Huddly IQ is an AI-powered collaboration device, featuring 150° wide-an- gle 1080p video, automated AI user experiences, and, optionally, an embedded mic array. With the Genius Framing feature, the cam- era can automatically detect and frame participants in its field of view, eliminating the need to con- trol the camera manually. Also, the Huddly InSights analytics API provides businesses with crucial insights into how their meeting spaces are being used. The Huddly IQ is certified for use in meeting rooms and home working settings with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet.

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