In this end-of-year special, AV Integration looks back at some of the editorial highlights of 2019.

Though 2019 has come with its fair share of financial challenges, the year’s challenging economic climate has not slowed innovation in the South African AV technology sector.

While many businesses may have had to wait ‘one more year’ and forestall AV upgrades for the time being, those organisations who have committed to investing in the latest technologies have seen world-class results. Our integrators are held in high international esteem, and it has been a showcase year for their ability to combine expert local market knowledge with cutting-edge technology solutions.

In this feature, we take a look back at some of the editorial Highlights of 2019. While these stories may not always feature ‘the biggest’, ‘the brightest’ or even ‘the boldest’ integration feats, they all encapsulate an important aspect of why enhanced AV technology is vital to development in the context of the modern global economy. It is widely accepted that technology is the key driver of economic growth, but in the specific context of South Africa – where President Cyril Ramaphosa has said, “With technological innovations, we will develop systems to improve our resources efficiencies in various sectors such as health, utilities, crime prevention, education, transport and others to ensure better service delivery” – the increasing role that AV integrators have to play in the bolstering of the country’s social and financial resilience is plain to see.

Whether it is harnessing AV technologies to build functioning communities and create immersive educational experiences; using the latest centralised content control systems to execute a perfect brand roll-out across the country; employing AV technologies to enhance retail spaces and take full part in the Experience Economy; or finding elegant ways of incorporating video displays into the construction of building facades, in 2019 our local integrators have given us a taste of things to come as the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues to unfold and our country’s schools, offices, malls and museums become increasingly future-fit.

AV Integration would like to thank everyone who contributed to these features and all others we have published over the course of 2019. We look forward to covering more great South African integration stories next year.


NANDO’S

An award-winning smart solution for Nando’s (March 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Crestron
  • Market: Retail Integrator: Triac

FOURWAYS MALL

Eye on the future of LED (September 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Eyecom LED screens
  • Market: Retail Integrator: Eyecom

DARIEL

Smart AV for solutions provider (March 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Kramer
  • Market: Corporate
  • Integrator: Integrated Home and Office

EXXARO

Mining the value of AV technology (September 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Crestron, Wavex, T1V
  • Market: Corporate
  • Integrator: Frog AV

!KWHA TTU SAN HERITAGE CENTRE

Heritage installation (May 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Epson
  • Market: Education
  • Integrator: Digital Fabric

ROSEBANK LINK

Rosebank Link takes LED to new heights (March 2019)

  • Featured Technology: DigiLED
  • Market: Digital Signage
  • Integrator: Primary Colours

ARBITRATION FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

Inside the virtual courtroom (July 2019)

  • Featured Technology: MTC LED Solutions
  • Market: Collaboration
  • Integrator: Page Automation

JAVETT FOUNDATION AND UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Shedding new light on African art (July 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Hevlar uSee
  • Market: Architectural lighting
  • Integrator: Pamboukian Lightdesign

EMPERORS PALACE

A sign of the future at Emperors Palace (May 2019)

  • Featured Technology: PVision screens, BrightSign management
  • Market: Digital signage
  • Integrator: PVision

THE SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY RESORT

The Six Senses invests in AV over IP (January 2019)

  • Featured Technology: ArtrioGuest by Exterity
  • Market: Hospitality
  • Integrator: Technology and Information Supplies (RAMCO)

SAMSUNG SMART SCHOOLS PROJECT

A bright future for learners (July 2019)

  • Featured Technology: Samsung Smart Schools
  • Market: Education
  • Integrator: Samsung South Africa