The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) has announced the opening of registration for InfoComm 2003, the premier business-to-business conference and exhibition for the audiovisual (AV) communications and systems integration industry. This year’s InfoComm will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, May 31-June 6, 2003.

The week-long conference and exhibition serves the diverse needs of more than 20,000 serious buyers and sellers of the multi-billion dollar audiovisual industry. More than 550 leading AV manufacturers will exhibit at InfoComm 03, offering over 10,000 products in display, projection, audio technologies, control systems, networking and videoconferencing.

Broadcasters, television and other video professionals will find in InfoComm a one-stop shop for presentation and communications systems, including displays and projectors in all sizes and technologies, cameras, in-station monitors, speakers and microphones, rental and staging equipment, networking and communications tools, teleconferencing and other multi-location meeting tools, multimedia integration, and much more.

InfoComm offers a valuable learning environment through its conference sessions in addition to the exhibition floor. Attendees maximize their time by obtaining in-depth training from peer experts on everything from facility design to optimized acoustics, from project management to collaborative conferencing alternatives, from issuing targeted RFPs for design and integration to preventing cost overruns.

The theme of the 2003 Show is “Evolving the Art of Communication,” which celebrates the integration of communication technologies into our daily lives. A series of illustrations specially commissioned to illustrate the theme whimsically “enhances” masterpieces of art, ranging from works by Michelangelo to Andrew Wyeth, by incorporating into the famous images icons of modern communication technology, such as a recording microphone in Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

"We anticipate an inspiring and informative InfoComm 03," said ICIA Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. “We know attendees visit InfoComm for the new technologies.”

InfoComm organizers are promoting a variety of new activities and events, including:

*The “Art of Communications” Large-Venue Display Gallery, an interactive exhibit of large-screen displays demonstrating the powerful impact of modern display technology coupled with surround sound and dazzling imagery.

*A Manufacturers’ Forum on Monday, June 2, where leading display, networking and audio manufacturers highlight key industry trends. Forum speakers include top executives from Sony, NEC, Crestron, Extron and Telex.

*A Collaborative Conferencing Track provided with the Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance, offering courses and a pavilion on web-, audio-and videoconferencing.

*A Streaming Media and Video Production Pavilion, sponsored by Primedia, showcasing the latest products and services for capturing, editing, encoding, hosting and distributing audio and video via the Internet.

*An expanded education and training program with more than 175 sessions, featuring advanced-levelcourses, product-specific training from manufacturers, a technology managers’ track and a special three-day program from Syn-Aud-Con, leaders in audio training.

*A one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes AV tour of Disney World on Friday, June 6, the last day of the Show.

InfoComm is free to ICIA members, exhibitors and their invitees, and there are fees to attend educational seminars and workshops. Discount travel and hotel rates are available to attendees and exhibitor personnel.

InfoComm is the foremost gathering of AV communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available products and services as well as new and alternative applications for systems integration. As a key industry event, InfoComm is the educational and interactive marketplace for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, systems integrators, rental and staging companies, independent representatives, independent design consultants, architects, facilities managers, engineers, presentations designers and end users, including AV and IT professionals, sales and marketing staff, meeting planners and purchasers. InfoComm attracts a broad spectrum of market sectors, including business, government, military, education, religion, health care, entertainment and conventions.

The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the conference and trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre-eminent provider of education, training and certification.