March 2005

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AHR Expo 2005 Observations

  Ken Sinclair

AHR Expo 2005The International Exposition Company hosted a great Expo in Orlando. The show was also one of the biggest shows in the Southeast in total attendance with more than 45,000 total attendees.  This included 5,354 international visitors from 117 countries and 1,871 exhibitors. The 266 first time exhibitors confirmed the dynamic changes that are occurring in our industry. The Orlando Convention Center was a great venue and provided an easy to display and attend comfortable show. Most of our advertisers that I talked to were extremely pleased with the quality of contacts they made at the show.

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The Monday and Tuesday sessions: AHR - Expo 2005 Orlando Free Sessions went well with the New Building Automation Concepts session being the best attended. This session provided a general overview of technology, products, etc. that were featured on the show floor, including an overview of this year's Innovation Awards. We will work with International Exposition Company next year to enhance and expand this session.

Benefits of Open Systems: End User Panel Discussion hosted by LonMark was very well attended as were most of the free sessions provided by Lon.

Open Systems: System of several types were demonstrated at the Automation Show Case on the floor with a few showing working models of the new XML standard. 24 of our advertisers and sponsors displayed at the show confirming the important of this show to our industry.

The Wednesday XML Symposium was well attended.  Although attendance was down from last year I felt that all in the room were very serious about moving this exciting new technology forward.

XML-Related HVAC Industry Initiatives I was pleased to be the moderator of such a well known panel of gentlemen. The 10 minute presentations, although rushed, provided a tremendous amount of information about xml in a short period of time. The questions from the attendees were great and filled with emotion and excitement about this new way of pushing and pulling data. We had to stop the lively interactions to get on with lunch and the rest of the day. At lunch the room was abuzz with rapid information exchange. I like this simple sketch from Jim Lee's presentation that shows how we would actually use xml.


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