Integrated Systems Europe began life in 2004, with the first edition of the show being held in Geneva, Switzerland. It hosted 120 exhibitors and attracted 3,500 visitors. Most importantly, it laid the foundation for unprecedented growth for the annual show over the years.
Fast forward 16 years, and ISE 2020 attracted more than 1,300 exhibitors and over 116,000 visits to its final edition at the RAI Amsterdam.
ISE is now recognised as the largest AV and systems integration show in the world. It is the European destination for an industry that is truly global. If you have business to do in any of the many market segments that make up this dynamic industry, you’ll want to be part of ISE – either as an exhibitor or an attendee.
As the show has grown, it has naturally changed and evolved. What started out as a temporary shop window for 120 companies is now a multi-faceted, four-day event that features a huge show floor, comprehensive education and professional development programmes, conferences, world class speakers and a multitude of affiliated and partner events.
ISE has helped formulate the systems integration industry and increased collaborative approaches across a wide range of complementary technologies.
The show’s growth has been steady and sustainable. Five years after launching, ISE 2009 welcomed over 560 exhibitors and almost 25,000 visitors. By 2012, the number of exhibitors broke 800 and more than 40,000 people attended the show. ISE 2016 hosted over 1,100 exhibitors and more than 65,000 visitors. The growth continued in subsequent years, when yet more records were broken.
Though the numbers and figures give a good indication of the show’s success and its importance to the industry, they don’t tell the whole story. As ISE has grown, so too have the layers of its offer. While its role as a showcase for the industry’s latest products and solutions remains at its core, it has developed into a platform for sharing ideas and insight – not just from within the AV industry but from other industries that cross it.
The organisation behind ISE – Integrated Systems Events LLC – is a joint venture between AVIXA and CEDIA, the two leading industry associations for the global audiovisual industry. It is very important to all of the organisational parties that ISE serves the industry in the best way it possibly can and that it remains strong, so that it can continue to support the industry – the companies and the people that populate it.
Maintaining its reputation for connecting new technologies, companies and end-user industries, ISE will continue to look for ways of improving and developing, in order to present innovation across its show floor, education programmes, conferences and beyond.
In 2021, in light of concerns around the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we held ISE Live & Online in June, which consisted of regional events in Barcelona and London, backed up with extensive video content on the ISE Digital platform.
The show will return to its traditional February timing for 2022, in its first full-scale edition at the Fira Barcelona.
Numbers are one thing but they only count if the people on the show floor are happy. Companies and visitors attend ISE to be part of the largest AV systems integration show in the world and to build their understanding of the latest innovations and technologies that are driving the industry forward. We spoke to visitors and exhibitors at the show to find out how they felt about the latest installment of ISE. These are the voices of ISE.
Since its launch in 2004, ISE has grown year-on-year, with each event delivering higher numbers of exhibitors and attendees.
The growth in size of ISE was the primary driver for the decision to increase the exhibition to four days in 2016. Four days gives exhibitors more ‘face time’ with attendees and affords attendees a longer period to visit stands and to take advantage of the many conferences and educational programmes on offer.
Over 1,300 companies exhibited at the four-day ISE 2020. Despite stormy weather in Europe and the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the event drew 51,582 attendees and a cumulative total of 116,599 visits.
ISE is seen as a major launch-pad for manufacturers and service providers to propel new products and solutions into the AV and systems integration marketplace. Such activity inevitably attracts the media; 430 editors, technical writers and news journalists from 36 countries attended the exhibition in 2020.
The Facts & Figures report for this year’s show contains a detailed picture of our attendees: where they come from, their seniority, their purchasing authority, their areas of interest and more besides.
In addition, the report draws on our extensive post-show research among attendees and exhibitors. It tells you what they thought of the event as a whole, and their views of many individual elements of the ISE 2020 experience.
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