With trade visitor attendance up 15% on 2017’s event, Alltrade’s September Trade Show 2018 has been declared by the organiser, exhibitors and many returning visitors as the most successful yet.
With industry leading exhibitors showing more than 50 brands in a single hall, the one-day show has become an essential diary date for TV signal distribution and installation professionals in the South of the country. Held at the Epsom Downs Racecourse, the Trade Show attracted AV specialists from all across London and the Home Counties, eager to get hands-on with the latest in network, security and signal distribution products. The event attracted so many visitors this year, even the name badge printer had a meltdown.
Alltrade managing director Steve Simper commented: “This year’s Trade Show saw unprecedented increase in visitor numbers. There was a real buzz about the show as our exhibiting brands unveiled a host of new products and new technologies for installers. Offers and promotions at the show, free food and refreshments throughout and seminars by some of the industry’s top names added up to the most successful Trade Show to date.”
Main show sponsor TRIAX used the trade show to introduce a number of new products. The biggest buzz was generated by its second generation HDMI modulator, the MOD 103T. Neater and more compact than its MOD 102T predecessor, this new iteration has the ability to take any HDMI source, be it a Sky Q set top box or Blu-ray player, and re-modulate it with incoming terrestrial TV signals, allowing them to be send via an amplifier to TVs around the home.
TRIAX also used the show to introduce a new 4K modulator that uses an existing coax network to distribute UHD sources as 1080p, as well as a new range of Sky Q multi-switches (4-way, 8-way and 16-way).
Indicative of the changes sweeping the industry, Antiference promoted a new versatile line of wireless access points. With three internal ceiling mounts (the Air 3, Air 12 and Air Pro), two wall mounts (WAP T and WAP U) and three external mounts (Beam 2, Beam 5 and Beam Pro), the line-up is nothing if not comprehensive.
Growth areas such as CCTV, security, fibre IRS and managed IP networking helped draw the crowds at this year’s event as installer look to expand their scope. IP and CCTV Security specialist HikVision demonstrated a number of sophisticated new camera security systems, alongside a popular range of single wire POE CCTV cameras and DVRs.
DrayTek had a range of routers and access points also a new HDMI over IP product line-up. Blake UK showcased its Cappsure Wi-Fi camera range.
Key Alltrade brands, HDL, Ubiquiti, Global Invacom and Blustream, had a solid presence at Tradeshow 2018, with busy stands throughout the day. LNB supplier Inverto TV used to the Alltrade show to promote its dCSS switches, an addition to its familiar range of cost-effective LNBs. It also demonstrated an innovative Sat Pal meter, which uses a smartphone linked by Bluetooth, to create a Super Data Logger. The Sat Pal has been a big hit with satellite installers in Europe.
The Trade Show’s seminars were also well attended. DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies offered a fascinating post-IBC briefing on the state of the broadcast industry, while Arqiva director of technical solutions Tony Mattera updated delegates on developments in channel distribution. CAI senior executive Peter Sealey also chaired a lively session about the evolving market.
Steve Simper added: “With next year’s September event already in the planning stage, exhibitors and visitors alike commended the show for its quality and compact one-day format. Our sponsor brands have been instrumental in making this another great year for the tradeshow and helping Alltrade go from strength to strength in the last 12 months, including opening two new branches.”