Construction boom driving ‘smart’ building features
Dubai, September 19, 2013
As the Middle East region’s building boom continues, the construction industry is turning to audiovisual solutions for “smart” features that enhance building sustainability and employee productivity, said an industry expert.
Long-term economic growth in the Mena and Sub-Saharan Africa region, projected by Fitch Ratings and the International Monetary Fund, are fuelling new infrastructure and construction projects, including headquarters of multinational corporations, landmark museums, hotels and resorts, and convention centres.
Strong government spending, especially in the GCC, is making 2013 a key year for new project tenders, especially for the construction of schools, hospitals and leisure projects, according to Fitch Ratings.
In recent years, the construction of “green” or sustainable buildings has escalated around the world, enhancing design and construction costs, asset value, operating costs, workplace health and productivity, risk mitigation, according to a recent report from the World Green Building Council.
Driving the buildings’ internal sustainability and advanced multimedia are audiovisual systems, remarked David Lim, the project director, InfoComm MEA.
"The building industry in the Middle East and Africa are no longer contented with shell-only exteriors – they demand fully-integrated ‘smart’ audiovisual systems to add style, efficiency, and value," he stated.
"Enterprises of all sizes attending InfoComm MEA 2013 can find audiovisual systems that best meet their needs in maximising building sustainability and employee productivity. These solutions include audiovisual systems that monitor light and temperature, multimedia systems that enable rich presentations, and videowalls that communicate with people who live, work and shop in buildings," he added.
Corporations, architects, engineers, investors, and project managers will get to see the latest audiovisual systems at InfoCommMEA 2013, co-located at Gitex Technology Week starting from October 20 to 24 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Both InfoCommAsia and the Dubai World Trade Centre are expecting the largest-ever attendance reflecting the region’s healthy construction market.
Among the audiovisual industry’s leading firms at InfoComm MEA 2013 is the American-based firm Crestron, which provides control and automation systems for corporate headquarters and offices, major landmarks,homes, schools, and hospitals.
Robin van Meeuwen, the VP of Crestron International, said: “The Middle East is a very strategic marketplace, as many customers are early adopters who recognise the importance and value of using technology in their business, home, or for their students."
"We've worked with a wide range of clients around the world, and at InfoComm MEA we’re eager to enable clients in the Middle East and Africa to meet and exceed global standards in every audiovisual field," he stated.
Also attending InfoComm MEA 2013 is Prysm, an American audiovisual firm that invented Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology, which enables high-definition, energy-saving, and scalable videowalls.
Dana Corey, VP of sales and technical operations at Prysm, said: "In today’s meeting spaces and boardrooms, decisions need to be made faster and smarter. Companies need to share content dynamically, incorporate video-conferencing with remote sites, and enable better decision-making through on-screen information."
"The proliferation of large videowalls provides the perfect large pixel canvas of possibilities. Infocomm MEA is the perfect platform to see the latest in visual development from Prysm, including our new TD2 tile, which we will be launching to the Middle East market that week," he added.-TradeArabia News Service