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xSolutions 2011

04 August 2011

A dedicated event for FM’s to learn about the increasingly important role Audiovisual Communication technology plays in the workplace today and in the future. Director Iain McLean explains the reasons behind creating the event and what it promises to offer

AS TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS CONTINUES TO ADVANCE and shape the world we live in, the distinction between our work and our leisure time continues to dissolve. Businesses want access to the most accurate and recent data immediately and need to make decisions instantly. Therefore, the demands made by senior executives on their staff continue to increase.

The complexity and scale of control systems in the modern commercial facility need state-of-the-art automation processes to ensure their smooth running. Failure in this area can have potentially catastrophic consequences.

The facility manager lies at the hub of the diverse operational elements involved in today’s complex business operation.

xSolutions 2011, held at ExCeL London on October 19-20, offers the facility manager a dedicated trade event to learn how the latest audiovisual communication and building management solutions can improve the efficiency of the business operation and how these technologies can automate and control the functionality required in today’s successful commercial operation.

This year’s inaugural event will take the facility manager out of his traditional mindset in order to better understand the communication issues facing the organisation’s other stakeholders – C-level, IT, AV, electrical engineers and so on. The event will provide parties in these multidisciplinary teams with a forum to bolster awareness of each other’s capabilities and technology requirements.

The trade show will drive best practice and provide visitors with an understanding of what new communication technology can deliver. This will be achieved through the participation of world-leaders in AV communication technology on the exhibition floor as well as via a tailored conference programme.

Crestron, a leading specialist in automation and building control solutions, will showcase

an array of individual products and entire building management solutions for the commercial property. Robin van Meeuwen, VP of Sales and Marketing at Crestron International, said: “An exhibition such as xSolutions is mission critical to Crestron. End users need to be properly informed because technology is changing at such a rapid pace that it is difficult for the integrators to keep up to speed on these developments.”

Peavey Commercial Audio is a company with extensive experience in digital networked audio systems and its know-how extends into the FM function. James Kennedy, operations manager of EMEA for Peavey, stated: “We feel one of the ever growing challenges facing FMs in daily business today is understanding the technology behind modern networked audio PA/PAVA systems driven by DSP frames.” He continued: “There is often a lack of information and/or adequate operating manuals left at ’Handover’ for FMs, particularly in large commercial buildings. To maintain these often complex systems we believe that educating FMs is key.”

Peavey considers the end user when it is designing how products will be managed and operated and will be running seminars at xSolutions to raise end-user awareness of the technology.

Business communications are dependent on more than audio and include video and IT networking technologies. xSolutions brings these converging industries together to provide a broader understanding of the issues facing the commercial operation.

At xSolutions, Crestron will be showcasing the very latest in automated control systems for business and will be running two Crestron DigitalMedia Certified Designer (DMCD) and, new for xSolutions, a RoomView course.

Michael Backler, Crestron’s head of training stated: “Our latest training course is dedicated to Crestron’s RoomView building management software which is proving to be an invaluable tool for our clients in the commercial and business sector.

”The latest version of our RoomView software showcases what is possible in building management and our course at xSolutions will explore and explain the savings in time, resources and energy that can be made with RoomView.”

Lightware Visual Engineering will also be exhibiting at xSolutions. Lightware’s David Jones sees AV and IT technologies as distinct disciplines although noted that they are increasingly becoming one. “I do believe that AV and IT are beginning to converge. AV responsibilities are often ‘lumped in’ with that of IT which can cause many headaches for those who can appreciate the differences in the technologies,” he said.

“That is why I think xSolutions will be the perfect platform for end clients and manufacturers alike. If we, as manufacturers, can really understand the issues faced by IT and facility managers then we can truly begin to bridge the gap and move forward with a little more unison.”

iKON AVS specialises in the design and manufacture of control and connectivity products offering complete solutions ranging from standard wall plates to integrated controllers and touch screens for the education and commercial sectors.

The company focuses on reliability through quality and simplicity, and its connection panels are used by a range of customers including Hilton hotels, Sotheby’s, the NHS and Salford University.

iKON will use xSolutions to exhibit solutions that will enable the facility manager to manage energy consumption as well as check to see if AV equipment has been powered down.

Managing director, David Tyas, will also be presenting a seminar titled ‘When control failure is just not an option’. The seminar will cover the design and implementation of critical control systems, the simple do’s and don’ts of reliable control and examine methods of ensuring that all system communications are correctly routed and implemented.

This October xSolutions 2011 will harness the support of these leading Audiovisual technology vendors and host a groundbreaking seminar programme to provide a unique resource for facility managers. This is a forum where facility managers can understand, in their own language, how AV communication technologies can save businesses money, deliver greener offices and satisfy the requirements of internal customers.

● Registration to the event is free and can be done online at, where there is also a host of further details about the show. If you would like to contact the organisers directly email

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