First European appearance for InfoComm’s Labuskes

David Labuskes

David Labuskes

This article appeared on Day 2 of the Integrated Systems Europe daily publication. All four editions are available for download.

InfoComm’s new executive director and CEO David Labuskes made his first European appearance at ISE on his 4th week in the job. After outlining his background in technology and architectural engineering, he commented on feeling privileged to be speaking on behalf of InfoComm at ISE2013.

“I would never have imagined a year ago that I would feel the sense of obligation that I do to the industry. It’s been an extraordinary introduction.”

Reminding the audience of the broad remit of the industry association, which currently counts approximately 5000 members, he highlighted InfoComm’s certification programme and the 3 certifications it now supports.

“We have over 8500 people certified with a CTS certification around the world,” he said. “We also provide a million sq feet of exhibit space to the industry every year with over 120 000 attendees. The scale of our involvement is extraordinary, in my opinion.”

Labuskes announced a restructuring of InfoComm’s membership this year, replacing a previous 10 to 15 categories with two classifications. Benefits to members have been added, including free standards, free admission to trade shows and free online classes like CTS prep which became available in January.

InfoComm also published the audio-visual service provider’s checklist, with 162 items that can be used to define the quality of an AV installation and offer “exceptional experiences”.


The Megapixel future, soon to be an everyday reality

A wall of eyevis omniSHAPES rear-projection modules at ISE 2012

A wall of eyevis omniSHAPES rear-projection modules at ISE 2012 (

This article covered the opening of Integrated System Europe’s first Megapixel summit appeared in the Day 1 issue of the ISE 2013 Daily. The Megapixel conference at ISE 2013 was a first of its kind, organised by Chris Chinook of Insight Media to help vendors and clients come together around the vast and complex topic of “megapixel displays”: display solutions that have more than an HD or Full HD resolution, such as high resolution native displays, blended projectors, tiled LCDs, cubes or LED modules.

The writing is on the wall and megapixel displays will soon be a feature of everyday life, according to Megapixel Summit speaker George Tsintzouras of Christie. Opening the summit, he urged attendees to examine the trends of ISE 2013 and start thinking of a world beyond megapixels to gigapixels, with images everywhere. Read more of this post

What are the current trends in digital signage?

Digital signage by Techflow,

Digital signage by Techflow, on show at ISE

Hot off the press, this is an article I wrote for the Integrated Systems Europe show daily, Day 1 (January 29th 2013).

Digital signage is no longer a market for experts and insiders according to Oliver Schwede, senior analyst at Invidis. “The European market, including displays, integration, DOOH, advertising revenues, is now valued at between €1bn and €2bn.”

Mike Fisher, senior analyst at Futuresource, describes a split between the high-end, interactive digital signage market and simple plug-and-play systems. “In between there’s a range of solutions, but the top and bottom ends are really driving it.”

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