The highly successful Prolight + Sound 2015, international trade show for technology and services in the areas of entertainment, integrated systems and creation, which took place from 15th to 18th April in Frankfurt, Germany, has closed. Prolight + Sound is a trade show that reflects an upward trend in the entertainment industry : this year it had 900 exhibitors, a threefold increase on 2001. In view of this trend, its organisers have already announced a new concept to improve its positioning for 2016.
More than 42,000 trade visitors from all over the world gathered in Frankfurt to learn about the available products and services in the event industry: from professional lighting and rigging, through sound systems, studio equipment, networking and conferencing technology to public address systems. Within this extravaganza of vibrant sounds and fascinating lighting features, the booth of Beckhoff Automation in Hall 9.0 was something extraordinary: here the world of stage and show applications was muted to reveal its technological basis.
“The motto of our trade show presence is ‘Enabling your creativity with PC-based control’”, explained Michel Matuschke, Vertical Market Manager Stage and Show Technology with Beckhoff. “Here, system integrators and end-users not only find the necessary components, but also the required expertise and application support to technically implement the creative ideas of their artists and designers.”
“The experience we gathered in recent years working on applications for the various areas of stage and show technology was incorporated into our new booth design,” says the market manager: “Focussing on key application areas like traditional stage techniques, mobile show and concert technology, so-called ‘unique applications’ and the entertainment industry, we demonstrated how the involved systems can be automated using PC-based control technology from Beckhoff – and already are being successfully used all over the world. This was very well received by the visitors.”
The Beckhoff PC-based control technology is modular and open and therefore ideally suited to the applications in stage and show technology. “Since all relevant stage technology interfaces and protocols for lighting, audio and multimedia –like e.g. DMX, sACN, ArtNet, SMPTE timecode and PosiStageNet – are already integrated into our technology platform, there are essentially no limits on the ways in which our customers can implement their creative ideas – nor on the ways in which they can incorporate and use our components” stresses Michel Matuschke.