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InfoComm India grows from strength to strength

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MUMBAI: Held from 1-3 September 2015 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, InfoComm India once again received overwhelming positive response. Attracting a record visitor attendance for the third straight year, it generated glowing feedback from exhibitors on its world-class quality and endorsement as the best tradeshow of its kind in India.

InfoComm India 2015 was packed with product debuts, cutting-edge technology demonstrations and visions of smart cities, all of which helped to connect the various stakeholder communities. 6,525 local and international trade and end-user visitors passed through the doors of the exhibition hall. This 16% year-on-year increase in visitor attendance was achieved despite a major disruption in the local public transport system on the first two days of the show which paralysed the city – an indication of visitors’ commitment to attending InfoComm India.

Also attesting to the rapidly-growing standing and vibrancy of the show, there was 33% more exhibitors compared to 2014, bringing the total number of exhibitors to 201 coming from 21 countries. These included names like ZTE, Dexon and Gestton which were among the 40 that participated in InfoComm India for the first time.

The 22% larger show floor and an hour’s extension to opening hours accommodated the increase in visitor numbers and eased traffic flow, allowing exhibitors and visitors the space and time to engage in deeper conversations.

“We are thrilled to be able to produce another record-setting InfoComm India,” said Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd. “Although this is only the 3rd edition, all the show’s performance metrics, including number of visitors, summit attendance and exhibitors, has surpassed our most optimistic expectations, pointing to a bright future for the development of the pro-AV and ICT industries in India.”

“Visiting InfoComm India was a very useful and rewarding experience for me,” said Neeraj Gupta, VP-Technologies of Accenture. “I came to scout for new products and renew contracts and was able to visit all OEMs and systems integrators under roof. It was a very good platform for networking.”

“The volume of exhibitors passing through our stand was good, comparable to last year,” said Rajesh Patkar, Deputy General Manager of Christie Digital. “The quality of the crowd was also good. We saw visitors from the interior of India like Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.”

“This was the first time that we participated in InfoComm India, and we had an excellent response from a wonderful mix of visitors, including CEOs, decision-makers and technical people who came to learn more about our solutions,” said Parminder Singh,  Enterprise Business Manager of ZTE. “InfoComm India 2015 has proven to be of international standards and exceeded our expectations 150%. We plan to come again next year.”

Not only were the visitors impressed with the range of exhibitors, the quality of the exhibits and the live demonstrations; they were also enthralled by the rich diversity of seminars at the concurrent 3-day Summit which covered the entire spectrum of pro-AV and ICT solutions.

The Summit’s 1,152 total attendance is a 35% increase from previous year. Average attendance per session also went up by 55%. In particular, the entertainment industry-focused and enterprise IT-focused sessions each drew more than 100 delegates.

“Latest Trends & New Technology in Live Events – Challenges & Opportunities” was presented by Alexander Prill, International Sales Director, LANG AG, Germany. Ramesh Kumar T, General Manager & Head of IT at Mindtree spoke on “AV/ IT Convergence – The Future of IT Integrators”. They were among the roster of distinguished speakers who shared expert insights at the various sessions.

An equally-outstanding line-up of experts served as moderators and panelists during panel discussions that followed keynote sessions. A new feature at this year’s Summit, panel discussions encouraged depth of knowledge-sharing.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the discussions, and the depth and breadth of the presentations,” said Sandesh Kulkarni, Manager Sales, Innovative Systems & Solutions (P) Ltd. “It was truly an inspiring experience for me. InfoComm India Summit is the right place for an unmatchable learning experience on topics ranging from acoustics to videoconferencing.”

Under the Indian Government Smart Cities Programme, 100 cities across India will be transformed into Smart Cities by harnessing technology for the purpose of accelerating economic development, creating jobs, raising income levels and lifting the quality of life. This ambitious programme will enhance the impetus to drive InfoComm India to greater growth as audiovisual and information communication technologies are the fundamental building blocks for Smart Cities.

“We are very pleased with the strong growth of InfoComm India, the good response of exhibitors and encouraging feedback from visitors and Summit attendees,” said Richard Tan. “Looking ahead, we are very excited about the long-term growth prospects of the audiovisual and information communication technology industries in India, the huge possibilities unleashed by the Smart Cities Programme and its positive impact on InfoComm India.”

InfoComm India will return from 12-14 September 2016 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.

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