Organisers pledge to build on the success of EI Live! 2021

posted on Tuesday, 12th October 2021 by Steve May

Home automation  Smart home  Trade show 

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Organisers of EI Live! 2021 say they intend to build on the success of this year’s trade show to ‘create an expanded and enhanced national audio visual and home automation show to serve the industry for the next decade.'

The aim, they say, is to provide the residential AV and home automation sector a national show that provides a nexus of formal training, high-quality demonstration experiences, expanded learning opportunities in the Technical Theatre.

The team will work closely with the senior management team of Farnborough International Exhibition Centre to put in place plans that will secure the show’s future, and provide the stability that the event needs to reach a wider audience ‘and expand its size and scope and deliver ROI for exhibitors.’

David Kitchener, EI Live! Show Director, said: “We moved the show to the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre in 2019 to industry applause. In 2021 the show has risen to the next level and is now unquestionably considered the UK’s national AV and home automation exhibition.”

Product launches at the event included Sonance Motion Flex hidden speakers, Epson’s global launch of EH-LS12000B and EH-LS11000W laser projectors, and Blustream’s new 18Gbps Dolby Vision capable HDBaseT and SDVoE video over IP solutions.

Connected Distribution also hosted the UK launch of the Russound VoicePlay, streaming, voice-controlled multiroom audio system, while Rako showed its latest range of modular control keypads.

Redline showcased new products from Velodyne with the DB range and Totem with its Kin Play family, while Aldous Systems heralded the return to the UK of the Cerasonar range of hidden speakers by Ceratec Audio Design.

Snap One also offered formal training for Control4 dealers on both days of the show.

Sophie Graham, Habitech Marketing and Communications Manager, commented, “EI Live! is always a fantastic showcase of the best our industry has to offer. After a long break from trade shows, UK CI’s only national event was a wonderful chance to reunite with old industry friends and to meet the new companies in the custom install channel.”

Manuel Altheim, Marketing Manager, GUDE Systems, said: “The show was a real success for GUDE. It was our first participation and will certainly not be the last.”

Ian Severs, founder of Karma-AV, noted: “The show’s comeback surpassed all expectations! We enjoyed a steady flow of interest on both days from high-quality integrators who seemed to appreciate the quality and range of the products on our stand, and we’ve already booked for next year!”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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