ISE 2017: Largest show to date attracts 11% more visitors

ISE 2017 welcomed an all time high of 73,413 registered visitor attendees from 150 different countries, representing an 11.7% increase over that of the 2016 show and reflecting its global reach and influence.

The event saw 1,192 of the world’s leading AV equipment vendors and service suppliers showcase the latest technology for the digital signage, unified communications, audio, smart building, residential and education sectors.

Exhibitors, including 202 making their ISE debuts, were seen increasingly to present their products and solutions in ‘real world’ scenarios, designed to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of end users visiting the show.

The exhibition began and ended with keynote addresses from award winning architect Ole Scheeren and Cirque du Soleil president and CEO Daniel Lamarre. Both speakers respectively explored how creative thinking and innovative technological development is needed to drive forward architectural design and live event production.

Education programmes for the residential and commercial installation market sectors, presented by ISE co-owners CEDIA and InfoComm International, proved to be both their most comprehensive and successful European professional development programmes to date.

ISE managing director Mike Blackman commented on the event’s continued success: “We listen to the industry and we listen to our exhibitors. We invest in the show and, importantly, we have the people in place to produce the type of exhibition that they tell us they need. It’s a real collaborative effort and I’d like to thank everyone that’s been involved.”

“It was a fantastic ISE 2017 for InfoComm, but more importantly, it was an industry-affirming show for the AV industry as a whole,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International. “As ISE and all our InfoComm shows worldwide demonstrate, this is a vibrant, growing, global community. We’re committed to being a catalyst for market growth, and this week has shown we’re on the right track.”

ISE 2018 will take place at the RAI Amsterdam from 6-9 February, and will feature one more additional hall to accommodate new business.