ISE 2017 – AV in education

This year’s Integrated Systems Europe welcomes the addition of a dedicated education hall with a focus on the Connected Campus

The 14th edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show promises to build on the momentum that the event has grown over the last decade to deliver an AV technology showcase like no other.  ISE has always had solutions and products for education, and educational buying groups attend the show, as ISE 2017 welcomes the addition of a dedicated education hall. This will feature an edtech theatre which will cover important issues for education buyers.

ISE 2016 drew a record number of registered attendees (over 65,000) who flocked to see the products, services and solutions being presented by over 1,100 of the world’s leading AV equipment manufacturers and service companies.

“ISE 2017 is set to be another groundbreaking year for the show. We’re unveiling an updated show floor, which will allow the show to grow without compromising the quality of the experience we offer both visitors and exhibitors,” explained Integrated Systems Events’ Managing Director Mike Blackman. 

“By giving even more across the four show days, we’re sure that everyone involved will have an extremely productive ISE.”


ISE 2017 will attract professionals from every link in the systems integration value-chain, including manufacturers, distributors, dealers, contractors and consultants. 

The show is also a key event for end-users from a range of industries, including education, sports, corporate facilities, hospitality and live events. Professionals from over 150 countries will attend the show looking to network, pursue new business opportunities and see over 1,000 new product launches. 

ISE 2017 sees the addition of Education Technology to the established showfloor areas – these being: Digital Signage and Digital out of Home, Unified Communications, Smart Building, Professional Audio, Residential Solutions, and Smart Building. 

Vendors will be discussing crucial issues such as securely connecting BYOD hardware to an enterprise network, adopting the ‘Smart Campus’ approach that’s appropriate for your institution, and using data to help drive learning outcomes.

 “ISE is an excellent opportunity to talk with manufacturers and suppliers to find solutions that engage students,” says Daktronics’ International Marketing Manager, Jason Melby. “Customers should take the time to ensure any solution comes with the support network to troubleshoot and provide on-site service in the event there are issues at some point during the life of the solution.”

The ed-technology revolution started inside the classroom by giving students and educators access to computers, internet, projectors and smart-screens to enhance learning and improve engagement. 

In addition to technology being used inside the classroom, many educational institutions are beginning to incorporate digital LCD networks and LED displays around the campus to communicate with students, faculty and visitors by sharing key information related to campus activities, events and clubs.

Now, much of the edtech supply chain is focused on the area of  ‘Smart Campus’ (building automation, smart lighting, physical security and smart payments) as opposed to the ‘Smart Classroom’ (which introduces the Internet of Things in the form of sensors and wearables).


ISE set up chances for all of SCHOMS [the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK HE to visit exhibitors and talk specifically about enterprise-ready technology that we can adapt to our needs

According to Crestron’s Business Development Manager Education North, Phil Waterhouse, a Smart Campus is perhaps better described as the ‘Connected Campus’ where hundreds if not thousands of devices are connected and controllable over the network.  He points to Crestron’s Fusion Enterprise software that enables the management of all AV devices. “This gives the ‘Connected Campus’ status to those using Fusion as they can centrally manage, monitor and control devices irrespective of campus size or spread,” he says. “Fusion also integrates, with the building management solution, and with the room booking/timetabling platform, to provide greater efficiencies in room utilisation.”

There are multiple drivers to a Smart Campus – security, environmental, financial. Futuresource Consulting identifies Smart Lighting as the initial area where there are clear financial benefits, with a fast return on investment. In the area of building automation, security is also a key driver.  For a number of years, AV has been moving steadily towards IT-based technologies; hence the move by many universities to amalgamate the AV/IT support services under single departmental services structure.


The implementation of edtech is most effective when supported by training and education. That applies right across the field of AV and systems installation which is why professional development is such a prominent part of the systems integration event, ISE 2017.

Tessa Rogowski, Assistant Director IT Services [Client Services], University of Essex, notes that there is awareness among ISE exhibitors of the importance of the education audience. “ISE set up chances for all of SCHOMS [the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK HE] to visit exhibitors and talk specifically about enterprise-ready technology that we can adapt to our needs. This has proved invaluable to my university – as we are currently deploying AV over ethernet as a specific example.”

Professional development

ISE’s co-owners CEDIA and InfoComm International will present an even wider range of courses at ISE 2017. Both associations will offer more of their popular technical and business education, with offers in place for early bird discounts.

As well as this comprehensive Professional Development programme, there are a number of Conferences for which delegates can book tickets.

InfoComm has put together a Conference in co-operation with SCHOMS which is running on Tuesday 7 February – Creating a Smarter Campus (Higher Education) will cover technology innovations to create a faster, smarter campus. Topics of discussion will include bring-your-own-device (BYOD), remote management and troubleshooting, as well as learning spaces. This informative conference will consist of three sessions and conclude with a panel discussion.

Visit ISE2017 to learn how technology will further enhance the learning and teaching experience.


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