FIRA Barcelona
1-4 February 2022

The Official Newsletter of ISE 2021

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RISE Spotlight – Smart Buildings: The Way Forward

March’s ISE Spotlight had the theme of Smart Buildings: The Way Forward. Participants ranged from seasoned experts to exciting starts-ups as the event explored how building owners and managers are investing in smart technology-driven integrated solutions to develop a safe, post Covid environment in which to welcome back businesses and tenants.

It was produced in association with TNW.

You can read reports on the sessions or watch the on-demand videos by clicking on the stories below.

But we begin with more details of ISE’s announcement that this year’s four-day show will be replaced by two-day shows in four European locations across the month of June.

ISE 2021 evolves to support AV industry getting back to business

Integrated Systems Events and its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA have jointly announced ISE Live & Online, a series of events to be held in Barcelona, Munich, Amsterdam and London.

What makes a building smart? And what role does AV play?

Sean Wargo, Senior Director Market Intelligence at AVIXA, shared key market insights for the smart buildings industry, and discussed where the opportunities lie for pro AV.

Sean Wargo, AVIXA

Real estate industry ‘late’ to digitisation

In the Startup Nation segment, Nikolas Samios, co-founder of Proptech1 – the first venture capital fund in Germany focused on proptech startups – discussed key trends and notable fledgling companies in the smart building arena with moderator Már Másson Maack.

A smarter digital transformation

TNW’s Callum Booth discussed the challenges of digital transformation in the context of smart buildings while ‘On the Sofa’ with Chris Nouveau, Digital Advisor at Microsoft.

Supporting a more flexible workforce

The ISE Reporter Roundtable panel explored the evolution of smart buildings and the solutions required to satisfy the needs of property developers, building owners and tenants.

Virtual Meets explore the future of smart building

AVIXA and CEDIA continued the smart buildings discussion with each holding an interactive virtual meet on the topic to draw the RISE Spotlight to a close.

The Big Read – Steering a course through buildings’ digital transformation

Bob Snyder, Content Chairman of ISE’s Smart Building Conference, discusses how in-building technology becomes a critical driver for everything that happens in a building – and how the pandemic accelerates trends that were happening in any case.

Bob Snyder

Smart building – facing the challenges of technology and diversity

In this series of interviews with leading experts in ISE technology areas, we’re exploring industry issues including skills, diversity, inclusion and culture.

Raj Patel, Director, Vanti

“Our springboard into smart buildings was Informa at 240 Blackfriars. Various consultants were struggling to realise how to stitch the systems together to realise the client vision. I knew we were the best placed to make this work, so I stuck my neck out and we were promoted to Master System Integrators. As a young team in our 20s, going from AV Integrator to MSI was a significant moment!”

Raj Patel
Michael Sherman, HENRI

Michael Sherman, Managing Director, HENRI

“There is a clear mentality that helping one another helps the company, and therefore everyone in it. We try our best to create an environment that encourages collaboration.”

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