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.

The evening is designed to be a celebration of work; a small way for Universal AV to say thank you to some of our clients for their ongoing business and support. They get the opportunity to discuss their own experience with their peers and forge new relationships across university lines.

The evening was a great success with everyone saying that they had a fantastic meal with great company.

ISE Day 2

Day 2 has been full on and not for the faint hearted. After meeting for a Dutch style breakfast the Universal AV team headed for the RAI and our first scheduled meeting with our long standing key partner Panasonic. Dean Williamson was in hand to guide us through some of the key product launches that Panasonic had planned for 2019. We saw their new VMZ range of projectors which feature 4,500 - 6,000 lumens and a WUXGA and WXGA resolution. We also looked at the new PT-RQ100 which is the true 4K 10,000 lumens solid state 1-chip DLP projector. Interactive and 4K screens complete the line up with the launch of the P-CAP screen. 

Sony are a major partner of ours and we have completed several interesting projects with them in recent years. Their solution portfolio continues to grow with the launch of new innovative products which are really pushing the boundaries in our offerings to the corporate and education market. The big crowd pleaser was the AI based video analytics and Edge analytics appliance. The new REA-C1000 Edge Analytics Appliance brings an exciting new dimension of audience engagement to lectures, MOOCs and corporate presentations. Advanced built-in AI-based video technology analyses feeds from connected cameras to automatically generate compelling video content in real time – without the expense and complexity of dedicated production teams and specialised additional equipment. Related text, written notes or images can be cleverly extracted and overlaid, to create live presentations or recorded video content.

Sony Vision Exchange has experienced several enhancements that improve the overall experience to the end user. Vision Exchange creates an immersive environment for lecturers, students and colleagues to learn, collaborate and brainstorm ideas. Cost-effective, easy to configure and intuitive for any user, this total active learning solution is ideal for universities and colleges of higher education as well as corporate conference rooms.

Showcased at ISE, Sony’s latest laser projectors combine best-ever picture quality with smart features and refreshingly low running costs. The VPL-FHZ75 (6,500 lumens) and VPL-FHZ70 (5,500 lumens) feature a newly-developed 0.76-inch 3LCD panel, augmented by Sony’s Reality Creation for impressively detailed, high-contrast images and Intelligent Setting for fast, fuss-free installation.

Our final meeting of the day was a trip to Extron HQ in Amersfoort. This was specifically to see the Pro AV over IP system which should be launched to the market late 2019.


Combining great picture quality with low bit rate and low latency, Extron appear to have achieved the Holy Grail if video over IP. If there boasts are correct (sand lets face it, they usually are) this could be a real game changer in this already overcrowded market sector. 

We were also treated to a short lecture on audio and Extron latest improvements in the range. The new and improved XPA Ultra series amplifiers concentrate on low energy consumption, low thermal dissipation rates and great quality sound. We would like to thank our hosts for what was a fabulous afternoon.