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Four key AV trends from InfoComm 2014

By Dennis Pierce, Editorial Director, @eSN_Dennis
June 26th, 2014

At InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas last week, these four trends stood out

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As North America’s largest AV trade show, InfoComm attracts more than 30,000 people.

As we noted earlier, collaboration was a key theme at this year’s InfoComm, North America’s largest audio-visual trade show, as many companies showed new products designed to make it easier for users to collaborate on presentations and other information.

Another key theme at InfoComm 2014, held in Las Vegas June 14-20, was the development of more flexible and creative forms of digital signage, which we highlighted here.

Aside from these two developments, here are four other AV trends that stood out at this year’s InfoComm.

Scalable, interoperable video conferencing

A number of companies were promoting video conferencing services at InfoComm that bridge the gap between ad-hoc calls using Skype or Google+ Hangouts and more expensive, high-end services from the likes of Cisco and Polycom.

For instance, Tely Labs’ telyHD Pro is a plug-and-play system that delivers enterprise-class video conferencing for $650 per unit.

The product works with other video conferencing infrastructure through Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interoperability; includes built-in HD Skype video calling for easy point-to-point connections to any Skype-enabled device; and comes with a one-year subscription to telyCloud, a cloud-based service that offers six-party video conferencing and application sharing without the need for additional equipment.

Pexip offers a scalable, cloud-based platform for high-definition video conferencing and meetings. Called Pexip Infinity, the service enables schools to deploy “virtual meeting rooms” in which students and faculty can join using any tablet, smart phone, or other device with a web browser and a camera.

(Next page: More key AV trends from this year’s InfoComm)