Bumper turnout for ISCEx 10th anniversary

The 10th annual ISCEx event attracted more people than ever on March 5, 2013. The day of seminars hosted at the Jury’s Inn in Milton Keynes, UK drew around 200 people who toasted outgoing ISCE president Terry Baldwin’s departure after four years at his post. Anthony Smith of Cooper Industries was named as the incoming president as from October, 2013.

“What’s nice is everybody here is interested. You could have an event with 46,000 people but it won’t be any good unless they are engaged,” said Terry.

Several new products were being shown off including Shure’s SCM820 Digital IntelliMix Automatic Mixer which is expected to be available by May. Rackz staff unveiled their eight way remote switching PDU and monitor unit that had just arrived on Friday.

Seminars included talks from Jim Fitton from Extron Electronics on integrated solutions for digital switching and distribution in the morning with Mark Coles from the IET speaking about operation low voltage generators afterward.

Davies Roberts from Flare Audio spoke about the white paper on the creation of pure sound in the afternoon and a talk by Stephen Patterson on AVB for Professional AV rounded off the day.

“One particular visit to their stand can make it all worthwhile for the exhibitors and most come back year after year,” said organiser Ros Wigmore from the ISCE.
“It’s amazing to compare this with our original event. We’ve moved from venues where everything had to be split across several rooms to having it in one main room. It’s intimate and it helps with networking.”

There were around 20 exhibitors and those spoken to were unanimous in their support for the event.

“It’s not so much about the quantity of people but the quality,” said David Howe, Project Support Specialist from Bosch Security Systems.
“We’ve made lots of good contacts in a short space of time and it’s quiet enough here that you can have a conversation. Mostly it’s been catching up with old faces but we’ve seen some new people this year.”

Ampetronic sales manager Simon Pinder-Hales said: “It’s an excellent event and very well attended. We support it every year. The seminars offer a great opportunity to learn about new developments.”