[Inter BEE 2012] Record high number of exhibitors: 871 firms/organizations

2012.11.13 UP

Press Release

Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association

The Professional Show for Audio, Video and Communications

Inter BEE 2012

Record high number of exhibitors: 871 firms/organizations

Opens tomorrow - November 14th (Wednesday)!

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA: Ryoji Chubachi, Chairman / Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sony Corporation) will hold Inter BEE 2012 - The Professional Show for Audio, Video and Communications - in Makuhari Messe (Mihama-ku, Chiba City) over a three day period from November 14th (Wednesday) to November 16th (Friday). Inter BEE 2012 will showcase under one roof broadcasting equipment, video equipment, audio equipment, lighting equipment, cross-media, peripheral applications and solutions at a top level both in Japan and internationally.

* Size of the 2012 event
Inter BEE 2012 will see a record high number of exhibitors at 871 firms and organizations (among these, there will be 491 firms from 35 countries and regions overseas) and exhibition booths at 1,423. This year the event will take up 33,936m2 in Hall 4 to Hall 8 of Makuhari Messe.
[2011 results: 800 firms (among these, there were 466 firms from 34 countries and regions overseas) and 1,329 booths.]
In addition, it is expected that the number of visitors will exceed 30,000 over the three day event.

* A comprehensive media exhibition that is expanding in scope
This 48th Inter BEE will play a role in promoting broadcasting technologies worldwide together with the NAB in the U.S. and the IBC in Europe. Against a backdrop in which today the diversity of content is expanding due to the digitalization of media, Inter BEE is continuing to transform into a comprehensive media exhibition related to video content production technology and distribution technology.
This year, in addition to the continued backing we have received from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan (NAB-J), we are being supported for the first time by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB). We have been developing a foundation looking to work in cooperation with the government and standardization activities in an extensive range of industrial fields relating to broadcasting, communications, hardware and software. Together with this, we have also received the cooperation of 30 relevant industry groups and organizations. We have now built a structure suitable for Japan's only comprehensive media exhibition.

At this year's Inter BEE, where a record number of exhibitors will be gathering, there will be a showcase of noticeable proposals that will point to the now and future of the media industry by various companies and organizations from Japan and overseas. There will be ultra-high resolution imaging technologies (e.g. 4K and 8K), new media possibilities (e.g. second screens and smart televisions), effective utilization of radio waves (e.g. V-Low and white space), new business models (e.g. digital signage and projection mapping) and more.

* A place where business results are obtained by exchange of information
On the first day of opening on November 14th (Wednesday), broadcasters and related organizations as well as exhibitors and the press will be invited to a reception party as a place to encourage the exchange of business. Moreover, for the first time, a Production & Creator's Night will be held on November 15th (Thursday) as a place to encourage the exchange of technologies with CG/VFX productions and video creators. This will stimulate the creativity of video creators.

* A full lineup of conferences to introduce the latest trends
In the Cross Media Category that was newly established last year, the Cross Media Theater will be set up fresh this time and various open sessions will be held to appeal to the diversity and potential of media and content by top creators and professionals on the front line. These will include the V-Low Session, IPDC Forum Symposium, Asia Contents Forum and Pre Visualization Session.
Furthermore, at the Inter BEE Content Forum 2012 that attracts attention every year, we will be welcoming leading persons in various video and audio fields from Japan and overseas as presenters. There will be discussions about the latest content business trends under the theme of "Next Generation Content -Reliance and Creation-"
On the first day of opening on November 14 (Wednesday), there will be special addresses by Zoe Cranley of the VFX studio DOUBLE NEGATIVE SINGAPORE, known for its work with the Harry Potter series among others, and John Ive of the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM), which is a broadcasting equipment industrial association based in the United Kingdom and a global partner of Inter BEE. As examples from the London Olympics, there will also be introductions to public viewing systems through super hi-vision and the structure of the audio system in the Olympics Stadium.
In addition, in the Inter BEE Tutorial Session, lecturers active on the front line will be talking about cutting-edge technology trends, the latest equipment and system application methods, and content production techniques to young talent in the broadcasting, video and audio industries, as well as students and young engineers with an interest in these fields. This session will contribute to the training of young talent and the development of the industry in the future.

Please direct all inquiries about this press release to the contact information listed below.
Management Office: Japan Electronics Show Association (Contact: Ohnishi)
TEL: +81-3-6212-5231 E-mail: contact2012@inter-bee.com

Inter BEE 2012 Press Room
(Located in on the 1st floor of Makuhari Messe Hall 5 during the three day event:
November 14-16)
Contact: Horai TEL: +81-43-296-4323