An impressive list of federal technology workers, contractors, and other D.C.-area AV professionals mingled with more than 100 exhibitors at this week’s inaugural GovComm tradeshow at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington. GovComm is put on by InfoComm International.
Polycom Global Public Sector CTO Sean Lessman kicked things off Tuesday with a look at the evolution of unified communications and the case for “interoperable” solutions instead of “standards-based” solutions.
Day one classes such as Sextant Group CEO Mark Valenti’s session on the future of AV and General Dynamics IT’s Edwin Morman’s course on secure AV were standing room-only (and worth valuable CTS renewal units (RUs) for those who filled the seats).
Day two brought education in such topics as AV and IT, using AV performance standards in projects and a very timely course on sustainability and smart buildings. The sustainability course, led by Valenti, InfoComm Sustainability Officer Allen Weidman and Waveguide Consulting’s Scott Walker, comes the same week that the STEP Foundation officially launched its website for educating the industry about the Sustainable Technology Environments Program, soliciting pilot projects and more.
But back to GovComm itself. Walking the floor, the exhibits were impressive and the focus on what AV integrators bring to the government market (secure unified communications, command and control systems, etc.) came through loud and clear. Thanks to all who sponsored, exhibited, attended and helped produce this first-time show. Great start!