EOS Design Team take on ISE Barcelona!
At the beginning of May, the EOS UK design team traveled to ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) in Barcelona. ISE is the world’s leading AV and systems integration exhibition. ISE 2022 showcased the world’s leading technology innovators and solutions providers. The Exhibition itself was over 55,000 sqm and over 850 exhibitors, the team racked up over 22,000 steps a day making their way around all the exhibits.
Each day was packed with meeting suppliers but also being introduced to new equipment from suppliers the team is less familiar with, broadening their AV horizons. Each supplier gave the team a guided tour of their booth showcasing all the new and upcoming products they had to offer. This did not only bring more knowledge to the team itself, but it also introduced new team members to new contacts for future questions/issues/design queries.
Highlights of the Show:
Samsung vs NEC/Sharp:
Each of the Display Providers invested a lot into their stands each trying to outmuscle the other. Samsung showcased “The Wall” which delivers an incredible technological innovation including the slimmest ever pixel pitch display at a mere P0.63. NEC/Sharp had the world’s largest 8K Display at 120” – this was very impressive for the team to see in person but would definitely come with a large investment from a customer.
Each supplier’s booths showcased their latest greatest giving the team an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge to offer customers the best possible solution.
The Cisco stand showcased new features that will be released on their new firmware including a partnership with Apple having the airplay and Miracast feature part of the wireless sharing options. Their main release at the show was the new Webex Room Bar, a direct replacement for the cisco room kit mini that is now going EOL in November 2022. The new Webex Bar can be mounted above but also inverted below the display. Other features include 5x Digital Zoom, Stereo Speakers, Dual Screen support, and a 12megapixel wide-lens camera.
Shure introduced the design team to the new MXA920 which replaces the MXA910. The new MXA920 has 2 variations, firstly the ceiling tile style which looks identical to the MXA910 but uses different mounting points above. Secondly, they displayed a new cylindrical pendant-type ceiling microphone which will have an improved aesthetic in larger open ceiling areas. Other features include advanced audio capturing technologies and easy deployment and management.
Neat provided the team with a detailed look at their Neat Board – an all-in-one display with a soundbar, microphone, and video conferencing camera. Neat also displayed the Neat Bar and Neat Bar pro, both of which show great microphone and video capture, with the Neat Bar Pro also being able to connect to 3 displays. New upcoming features will allow the Neat Bar to connect to audio over the Dante network which will allow 3rd party microphones to be used alongside the Neat bar/pro.