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GV Expo Gets Boost from Drone Show, Distance Learning

Presentations draw big crowds

Bryan Raymond (L) of Ikan International demonstrates his company’s line of camera stabilizers to Jackson Clay of Prince George’s Community Television. (Photo: Bob Kovacs)

WASHINGTON — A cold, foggy morning in Washington got considerably brighter and warmer once attendees stepped inside the convention center for Government Video Expo 2015. Exhibitors and attendees alike said that the show was firing on all cylinders for them, and much of that can be attributed to the drone and distance learning content at this year’s show.

With the GV Expo co-located this year with the National Drone Show, it was clear that the large attentive crowds interested in drone technology increased the buzz on the exhibit floor. Talks about drone operations at the Presentation Theater were similarly crowded, with one session — The Rise of the Drones: A Producer’s Panel for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — drawing a standing-room-only crush of interested viewers.

Also at this year’s show, the GV Expo’s partnership with the Federal Government Distance Learning Association meant a boost in attendance, as well as interesting new presentations and activities.

GV Expo 2015 has a strong focus on police video, and Fairfax Police Capt. Bob Blakley’s keynote presentation about his department’s development of standards for body cameras was fascinating and well-attended. Blakley punctuated his talk with video clips showing the value and concerns of body camera video, while cautioning about issues of cost and privacy.

Thoughtful presentations aside, there was plenty of action at exhibitor booths as well. A growing niche in video is IP streaming encoders and decoders, which were on display at several manufacturers’ booths on the exhibition floor.

DataVideo showed off its encoder/decoder pair, highlighted by the NVD-20 encoder. So simple to use that all it has is a single on/off switch on the front panel, the encoder connects to an Ethernet port and can address thousands of connected decoders with a secure link. The company was finding plenty of interest in the product, too.

“This is our core market,” said Benoit Guilbert, a market representative for DataVideo.

Across the hall, Raritan demonstrated the nearly imperceptible lag of its IP encoder/decoder pair, with pristine-looking HD video passing from source to destination. The company reported that interest in the product line was high.

“We have six hot leads from today,” said Dana Renee Pruitt, Capital Region sales manager for Raritan, explaining that the quality of the booth visits was unusually good. “They’re coming in here knowing what they’re looking for.”

At the end of the GV Expo’s first day, attendees walked away with raffle prizes from companies such as Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Telestream, DPA Microphones and Marshall Electronics.

Government Video Expo 2015 continues tomorrow, with more great talks planned. Thursday’s highlights include presentations by Washington Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier and DC Cable Access President Nantz Rickard.