There were more than 300 educational seminars and 925 exhibitors at the 2010 edition of InfoComm, which took place in Las Vegas earlier this month, writes David Davies. In PSN-e's final round-up of new product highlights from the show, Bosch Group introduces a host of fresh systems from its various brands, while FaitalPRO unveils several new additions to its loudspeaker series.
Billed as the second largest commercial AV show ever held, InfoComm 2010 attracted 32,002 AV professionals from more than 90 countries. Registering a 10% surge in attendance, the event played host to 925 exhibitors (up from 832 in 2009) and over 300 seminars.
Randal A. Lemke, executive director & CEO, commented: "InfoComm continues to be the one trade show where most professional AV service providers make their important buying decisions for the year. The AV marketplace has enthusiastically embraced InfoComm as the place to make their purchasing choices, network with product and service providers, and enhance skills through our robust educational programme."
Back to the new product highlights, and Biamp Systems announced a new addition to its line of controls. The Remote Ethernet Device Flush Mount (RED-1F) is a graphical, programmable flush-mounted remote control panel for use with Audia and Nexia systems. The company also announced that its Vocia critical paging and mass notification system has earned the EN 54-16 accreditation, which is designed to ensue that voice alarm control and indicating equipment provides the best possible communication within public facilities.
"When Biamp considered entering the life safety market, we knew compliance with the European Union's life safety codes would be necessary to meet the requirements of buildings of the future," said Graeme Harrison, vice-president of international sales for Biamp Systems. "Coupled with our internal research, as well as today's market demand for Vocia, we knew Vocia would be flexible enough to fit any project requirements. Vocia's decentralised, networked approach to voice evacuation makes it the solution for university campuses, transportation facilities and other venues, today and tomorrow."
In a highly eventful week for Bosch group brands, Telex RadioCom introduced the BTR-80N Narrow Band wireless intercom system (pictured). Providing an "unprecedented" 25kHz of modulated bandwidth, the BTR-80N Narrow Band system allows more users per channel in cramped UHF spectrum. DSP, Intelligent Power Control and Narrow Band Technology are among the features of the new system.
Also from the Bosch family, RTS introduced the Zeus III Digital Intercom Matrix. Superseding the Zeus & Zeus II matrix frames, the new launch offers 32 channels in/out and two configurable party-line interface channels. RTS also launched a new range of professional headsets featuring a multi-functional modular design and comprising three models: MH-300 (single-sided headset without ANR), MH-302 (dual-sided headset without ANR) and MH-402 (dual-sided headset with ANR).
Electro-Voice added to the ZX loudspeaker family with the new ZXA1 - a self-powered version of the ZX1 two-way loudspeaker with an 800W amplifier module - while Bosch itself introduced the new Vari-directional Array. Designed for ease of installation and configuration, the system offers digitally-controlled directivity to provide excellent pattern control and distribution for ranges of up to 50 metres. Also from Bosch, the CCS 900 Ultro is a new discussion system intended primarily for small- to medium-sized meeting areas, including town halls, local business centres and courtrooms.
Enersound introduced the R-120 20-channel FM programmable digital receiver, which is specifically designed for multi-language conferences requiring simultaneous interpretation in the international market and multi-channel assistive listening applications in the US. In addition, the company announced the launch of three new microphones: the MIC 200 headband mic, which is suitable for applications including tour guide, language interpretation and education; the MIC 300 headband mic, which is suitable for the same kind of applications and incorporates a 360-degree adjustable and rotating microphone arm with metallic gooseneck; and the LAV 100 professional lapel clip microphone.
FaitalPRO was another manufacturer to introduce an impressive haul of new product to InfoComm visitors. The 15FX560 is a 15" woofer with nominal power of 700W (max 1400W) and a frequency range of 40-4000 Hz, making it suitable for a variety of configurations. Also new were the FE series model 3FE20 - a full-range, three-inch 80mm loudspeaker with a frequency response from 100 Hz to 20 kHz - and a 15" subwoofer, 15XL1400, able to provide 1400W of nominal power.
The next edition of InfoComm will take place in Orlando from 11-17 June 2011.