London 23 May 2016 - Reaction to the eighth NEC Solutions Showcase has been overwhelmingly positive having welcomed over 1500 unique visitors through the doors of Millbank Tower on 18-19 May 2016. Attracting a Europe-wide audience, reflecting the reputation that the Showcase now commands, visitor numbers were evenly spread over the two day event. ‘ Yet again attendance reached levels higher than expected which proves that the concept of demonstrating practical solutions is exactly what our clients want to see, ’ comments Neil Hartigan, general manager UK & Ireland, NEC Display Solutions.
The quality and diversity of attendees which the event now attracts clearly positions the NEC Showcase as a hugely important and valued industry event with exceptionally high visitor expectation. With approx. 40% of visitors being high profile end users, the Showcase’s unique total solutions approach is very appealing. Steve French, solution architect at Deutsche Bank sums it up: ‘ it’s not about tech, but usage of tech and how it can be applied to different environments .’
NEC hand-picked 30 best of breed Solutions Partners to bring solutions to life, presenting application scenarios within key vertical sectors including Education, Retail, Corporate and Transport, offering visitors a real life experience.
‘ We are absolutely thrilled by the commitment shown by our Partners, without whom the Showcase could not be the unique and successful show it has become ,’ comments Neil Hartigan. ‘ They have all keenly embraced our USP for offering a visitor experience, with Pixel Inspiration’s travel store solution a particular highlight for many who enjoyed a cocktail at the end of their ‘retail customer journey’! ’
Keith Dutch, sales & operations director at Peerless-AV who were NEC’s exclusive partner for mounting solutions at this year’s Showcase comments: “ NEC’s support was outstanding throughout, attendees were all of a high quality, and the venue and floorplan worked well. The Showcase is a unique event in the European AV calendar and the NEC team never fails to improve year on year. Following a successful few days at the Showcase, we have some exciting new business leads to follow up as a result .”
Visitors were treated to a spectacular three minute projection demonstration of 3D pixel mapping, edge blending and warping techniques alongside NEC large format displays in the ‘ NEC Experience ’ as they entered Showcase. Richard Bovingdon, head of interactive at Midwich was ‘ blown away’ by it, commenting ‘who said projection was dead?! ’
The visual experiences continued on the top two floors of Millbank Tower where the views over London were spell binding. With much of the AV industry in attendance, networking is a key element of the Showcase which was drawn to a close with an InfoComm drinks event, just one of many items on the London Digital Signage Week calendar of which the Showcase is pivotal.
Adrian Cotterill of the DailyDooh tweeted ‘ Gr8 food gr8 partners gr8 view gr8 networking it's hard 4 the @NECShowcase 2 keep improving year on year but it does! ’
Highlights and images from the event can be found at www.showcase-nec.com shortly.