Futuresource at InfoComm | An Interview with Chris Pennell
The Futuresource team are stateside once more, this time attending InfoComm 2022. On the run up to the event, we’ve been asking our analysts their predictions for the sights and sounds at InfoComm this year. Principal Analyst, Chris Pennell, sat down with our marketing team, to offer his thoughts before he travelled.
What is your main prediction for InfoComm this year, Chris?
It’s fair to say that ISE was the event where AVoIP went mainstream. With the event still relatively fresh in people’s minds, we expect to see a similar focus on AVoIP solutions from a growing number of vendors, in terms of connectivity and services. It will also be interesting to see if the focus at InfoComm is on 1G solutions – as there was at ISE – or, if there will be more of a focus on 10G.
What is a theme across the industry that you would expect to be addressed?
We certainly expect to see the interoperability – or lack thereof – to also be a priority. It has been a consistent theme that, until recently, has shown no signs of improvement. Although, it should be said that the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has plans to change this with its Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) protocol. Both SDVoE and HDBaseT suppliers are pushing how they work with each other to address interoperability issues, also.
What are some of your other expectations?
We also expect to see the topics of security and intelligence to be to top of mind for vendors to focus on, particularly in terms of managed services. The upswing in over-the-top collaboration tools and standalone devices to create video collaboration experiences is driving disaggregation of the technology stack. This is forcing enterprise customers to review how they manage AV devices and secure the growing number of endpoints connecting to corporate networks.
Chris Pennell is a Principal Analyst for Futuresource Consulting, leading Futuresource’s research across the Connectivity and Services practice. His research focuses on emerging technologies transforming enterprises' use of AV solutions.
Chris's recent research covers areas such as the shift to IP-connected devices, the use of managed and cloud-based services, and the impact of Pro AV solutions on the Future of Work. Working with various vendors and end users has enabled Chris to explore and build knowledge of the innovative ways enterprises use AV technologies to address ongoing challenges. Outside work, Chris is happiest helping raise his young family and supporting his local Scout troop.