2019 saw Universal AV shake up the annual supplier event, inviting all technical staff and customers along to the Queens Hotel in Leeds on the 14th March.

The event was requested by suppliers and customers alike, with many customers and potential customers excited to see the technology on offer, some of which was showcased in the UK for the first time.

After completing over 22,000 steps and covering nearly 9 miles on Wednesday we decided to take things at a more leisurely pace. First stop was Avonic to look at their excellent range of PTZ cameras. We have a particular project we are working on where we hope to deploy some to their cameras. Next was a trip to Logitech to check out their SmartDock and Tap which make video collaboration easy. Other Logitech innovations to look out for are Rally and Rally plus which is a 4K video conferencing system.

On Tuesday evening Universal AV hosts their annual dinner event at the Double Tree Hilton. A small and intimate affair, we were supported by our key partners Panasonic, Dalen Top and Sahara. We were joined by clients from the universities of Leeds, Derby, Teesside, Sheffield and Northumbria. As usual, the evening kicked off in the Sky Bar at the Hilton, where we were given the choice of cocktails wines and beer. Everyone got on very well and recounted their experiences of the first day at ISE.

I have been in this industry since 1997 and I think I have been to ISE at least ten times; twice as an exhibitor and every other as an attendee. Every year ISE has grown and managed to produce a little bit of magic that gets the AV blood pumping; this year had been no exception and it’s all down to root vegetables.

Traditional meeting rooms and space is a luxury of the past, office space now retails at such a premium, companies are changing the manner in which they work.