For the first time in its history, InfoComm, the premier business-to-business conference and exhibition for the audiovisual (AV) communications and systems integration industry, will present a special technology environment on the show floor dedicated to helping attendees experience and explore the latest in the streaming media technologies that govern the distribution of audio, video and data over the Internet.

InfoComm, which is produced by the International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®), is designed to serve the diverse needs of more than 20,000 annually-attending dealers, systems integrators, rental and staging companies, technology users, manufacturers, independent design consultants, reps and architects. It will be held this year at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, May 31-June 6.

The new Streaming Media and Video Production Pavilion brings together exhibitors offering products, services and technologies aimed at creating, editing, encoding, hosting, managing and distributing audiovisual and data content over the Internet and internal IP networks. In addition, a theater at the Pavilion will be used to present a dozen hour-long panel sessions devoted to key aspects of the streaming media process.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring this important technology to the attention of the InfoComm community,” said ICIA Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. “Streaming media have penetrated the mainstream and become increasingly important for AV communications professionals to understand and master.”

The Streaming Media Pavilion will be hosted in collaboration with PRIMEDIA Business Magazines & Media, Inc., publisher of industry technology magazines including Video Systems, Sound & Video Contractor and SRO.

The Pavilion will also be home to the InfoComm ICTV Studio, which will produce and broadcast from the show daily streaming media features and highlights. ICTV broadcasts will appear on the Web, in official InfoComm hotel rooms and on plasma screens around the show floor. ICTV is brought to the show by iShow.com, a leading streaming media content services provider.

No longer a novelty, streaming media has become an important mode of conducting business-to-business communications and presentations. Streaming media is increasingly used by corporations, government agencies, schools and universities for a broad range of applications, including employee and client communication, training, distance learning, security and monitoring. Streaming media is also used to webcast special meetings and events, manage and distribute point-of-sale video to retail outlets and conduct virtual trade shows.

The educational panels at the Pavilion, which will be presented over the show’s three exhibition days, June 3-5, include:

Streaming as a Corporate Communications Tool

Streaming as a Video Distribution Tool for Retail Environments

Streaming for Distance Learning and Training

Streaming for Security and Monitoring Applications

Streaming as a Video Distribution Tool for Retail Environments

Producing Live Special Event Webcasts

Corporate-Sponsored Short Films on the Web

Can Online, Interactive Advertising Work for You?

Web-casting from the Desktop

Creating an Efficient Video Production

Work Flow for Streaming Compression Format Fundamentals

Using Streaming to Create a Virtual Trade Show

Basic Requirements for a Video-Friendly Network Infrastructure

About ICIA:

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.

About InfoComm:

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.