HERE’S WHY CES 2022 IN LAS VEGAS WILL BE FOR THE VACCINATED

Here’s Why CES 2022 in Las Vegas Will be for the Vaccinated

As a CEO running a national trade association – the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – these past 18 months put me on a roller coaster of emotion as I work to lead by example and make decisions that will have positive effects.

In July 2020, I led the decision process to cancel our live, in-person, CES and opt for a digital show instead.  This was a difficult choice because I knew it was going to have a negative effect on a lot of people. First, our staff – we had to downsize and lay off employees.  Second, the City of Las Vegas – they rely on events like CES to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and fuel their local economy.  Canceling our in-person CES affected the hotels and the hospitality workers and the workers who welcome us each year and help us pull off the most influential tech gathering in the world! Third, the industry – tens of thousands each year gather at CES to see the latest innovation, to meet new business partners and to develop new ideas.

As difficult as that decision was, I knew it was the right one because with no vaccine available it simply was not safe to hold CES during a pandemic. Our only defense against COVID-19 at that time was to minimize contact with people, wash our hands and wear face masks. Canceling the in-person CES was the right thing to do – we wanted to do our part and not spread the disease.

Fast forward a year to August 2021. Vaccines are readily available in the United States and several other countries. More and more Americans are now fully vaccinated. However, as vaccines are making their way around the world, so is a new threat – the Delta variant.

We have seen a spike in cases due to the Delta variant, which is severely hurting the unvaccinated population. Yes, there are breakthrough cases for the vaccinated, but many of those have few or no symptoms at all. And of the vaccinated getting the Delta variant, only a tiny percentage are hospitalized.

We prioritize the safety and security of CES participants. Which is why, once again, my team has confronted a major decision: CES will be in person in Las Vegas in January 2022, and we will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated. We are also assessing proof of a positive antibody test as a requirement and will share more details on this later. Importantly, we will continue to follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC and will announce additional protocols as we get closer to the show.

We all play a role in stopping the spread – requiring proof of vaccination for CES 2022 is one way we can take responsibility on our part.

Many are clamoring to return to the serendipity and relationship-building of in-person events—so are we. CES is where business gets done. It’s an economic engine for our industry and an opportunity for companies from around the world, both large and small, to launch products, build brands and form partnerships. Tech has also evolved by leaps and bounds in the last year and a half—we need to convene and connect so we can maintain our momentum and continue to inspire innovative solutions for a rapidly changing world.

We know our decision to require vaccines—and potentially positive antibody tests—may not be popular for some, but for many others it will allow them to know they can experience CES once again—and get back to business as usual.

For those who cannot attend CES in person, we offer the CES experience through our digital platform and hope to welcome you back to Las Vegas in 2023. Regardless of how you choose to participate in CES 2022, I hope you find inspiration, make new connections, build your business and step into the rest of the year with a renewed sense of hope for how tech continues to improve all our lives.

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

There’s more to portable batteries than raw capacity. The pace of charging matters nearly as much and KeySmart’s Ultimate Charger takes it seriously. Its various USB-A, USB-C, and Micro USB ports can quickly charge up to three devices at once, supporting charging output up to 65W

— ideal for laptops. Its 20,000mAh capacity can juice up a laptop once, a tablet twice, or phones up to seven times, and its sleek metal shell slips easily into laptop bags and briefcases.

Portable Laptop Charger & Power Bank
  • Fast-Charge 3 Devices At Once including a laptop with 20,000mAh battery capacity and 3 charging ports (Lighting USB, Micro-USB & Type-C
  • Rapid Recharging – Recharges in just 1.25 hrs using a USB-C cable. At full power, it can charge your laptop once, your tablet twice & your phone 7 times
  • Slim & Lightweightlike a Notebook: metal shell fits into any briefcase or laptop case. 
  • Dimensions – 6.38″ x 4.17″ x 0.57, 1.05 lbs
  • Charging Speed up to 20v-3.25A (65 watt)

The BMW Group sources aluminum produced with solar energy, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

Solar-powered aluminum will cover almost half of the annual needs of the Landshut plant’s light metal smelter +++ The € 3 million contract with Emirates Global Aluminum will enable the supply of 43,000 tonnes of aluminum in 2021 +++ The BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

The BMW Group begins sourcing aluminum produced with solar electricity with immediate effect. This is a great milestone for the company in reducing CO2 emissions in the supply network by 20 percent by 2030. Since producing aluminum requires a high energy level, the use of green energy, such as Solar electricity offers considerable potential to reduce CO2 emissions. For this reason, the BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, which will allow it to avoid approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the next ten years. This equates to about three percent of the CO2 targets that the company has set for its supplier network.

“We aspire to lead the way of sustainability and apply our sustainability goals consistently. We will be able to meet more than 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green energy. Using solar electricity for aluminum production is a decisive step in this direction “, says Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for the Purchasing and Suppliers Network.

Aluminum produced from solar energy is processed in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant to make bodywork and propulsion components, including those needed for electric trains, for example. The supply of 43,000 tonnes of solar aluminum, valued at three million euros, will cover almost half of the annual needs of the light metal smelter at the Landshut plant.

The use of green energy is key to reducing CO2 emissions.

The trend towards electromobility means that a much larger share of a vehicle’s life cycle CO2 emissions now comes from the added value of the supplier network. In an electrified vehicle, the CO2 emissions of the use phase are much lower, but the production of battery cells or aluminum is very intensive in energy consumption. Without corrective measures, the CO2 emissions per vehicle in the BMW Group’s supply chain would increase by more than a third by 2030. The company not only wants to curb this trend, but also reverse it, and even reduce CO2 emissions by vehicle by 20% compared to 2019 levels. Therefore,

As electric mobility continues to grow, aluminum will become increasingly important as a lightweight material that can partly offset the heavyweight of batteries in electrified vehicles. However, aluminum production is extremely energy-intensive. The production of the electricity necessary to produce primary aluminum, that is, aluminum obtained directly from the mineral compound alumina, alone is responsible for about 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the global aluminum industry. The use of solar electricity is therefore an effective lever to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with aluminum smelting.

A solar park in the desert supplies green energy for the production of aluminum

 The BMW Group already has a long-standing primary aluminum supply relationship with Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). Now, EGA has become the first company in the world to also use solar electricity for commercial aluminum production, which it will initially supply exclusively to the BMW Group. EGA is supplied with this electricity at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in the desert outside Dubai, which is set to become the largest solar park in the world. It is managed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, which has the electricity it produces certified by third parties as sustainable, ensuring that it can supply energy to EGA in a safe and transparent manner.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Managing Director of EGA, said: “We are delighted that the BMW Group is our first customer for EGA’s low carbon CelestiAL aluminum. Aluminum is light, strong and can be infinitely recycled. That is why it plays a role. Such an important role in the development of a more sustainable society. But the way in which aluminum is produced in a sustainable way is also important. Solar aluminum is a step in the right direction: it uses a source of natural and abundant energy in our environment desert to produce a metal that is vital to the future of our planet. “

Wendt adds: “At EGA we have found a strong partner who values ​​sustainable development as much as we do. We are honored to be the first customer to receive aluminum produced with solar electricity. Aluminum plays an important role in electromobility and to use aluminum produced sustainably is tremendously important to our company. “

Innovative production processes: light metal smelting at the BMW Group plant in Landshut

The light metal smelter is the largest production unit in the BMW Group’s Landshut plant and the company’s only European plant dedicated to light metal smelting. Last year, the more than 1,600 employees in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant produced a total of 2.9 million cast components. The scope of production includes engine components such as crankshaft heads and housings, components for electric propulsion systems and large-scale structural components for vehicle bodies.

The light metal foundry is one of the most modern in the world. Its innovative and sustainable production processes have won numerous awards. Light metal casting also works with sand molds, among other methods, to make castings. Sand parts are manufactured with inorganic binders, making the casting process virtually emission-free. Five different casting methods are used for the standard production of castings. The most suitable casting method is selected based on the component concept, the technological requirements and the production volume.

Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certification

The light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant was already certified for its sustainable use of aluminum in December 2019. It complies with the standards of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI), an international non-profit organization with the support of environmental and industrial associations, NGOs, aluminum producers and processing companies. The ASI aims to maximize the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society and defines sustainability criteria for an environmentally and socially responsible aluminum value chain. Through this initiative, following an independent third party audit, the BMW Group received confirmation that its light metal foundry handles aluminum in a conscientious and responsible manner.

Responsible use of natural resources

In addition to using green energy to produce aluminum, the BMW Group is also taking additional measures to safeguard reserves of critical raw materials. For example, the BMW Group has set itself the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of recycled raw materials, the so-called secondary material, by 2030 and using the raw materials multiple times in the framework of a circular economy. The use of secondary material substantially reduces CO2 emissions compared to primary materials and also conserves natural resources.

At the same time, the BMW Group is establishing carbon footprint as a new contract award criterion for its supply chain and has already started implementing it for tenders with the highest carbon footprint in 2020.

These measures are already paying off in the BMW iX (combined consumption: <21 kWh / 100 km in the WLTP test cycle *; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km): The use of renewable green energy to produce the fuel cells. Batteries, in combination with increased use of secondary material, reduces CO2 emissions in the BMW iX supply chain by 17%, compared to the same vehicle produced without these measures.

The BMW Group aims to have more than seven million electrified vehicles on the road by 2030, two-thirds of them fully electric. To do this, the BMW Group purchasing department is working with suppliers to ensure not only that the supply chain can manage the growth in volumes, but also that it can implement the requirements for sustainable development. In this way, the BMW Group purchasing department is making a vital contribution to the company’s transformation towards electromobility.

Tesla Powerwall Rival Seeks to Bring Hydrogen Into Your Home

 

It’s about the size of Tesla Inc.’s Powerwall, but can store up to three times as much energy over a longer period.

That’s the promise of a new hydrogen-based energy-storage system for homes and businesses being developed by Australian startup Lavo Hydrogen Technology Ltd. The technology, developed with scientists at the University of New South Wales, uses power from rooftop solar panels to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis. The gas is stored in a metal hydride container and converted back into electricity when needed using a fuel cell.

Australia’s world-beating rooftop-solar take-up rates make it an ideal early market, said Lavo Chief Executive Officer Alan Yu. The unit will go on sale from November, with installations starting in June 2021, subject to final approvals. The company plans to sell 10,000 units a year by 2022.

“Our mission is to try and change the way people live with energy,” Yu said in a phone interview.

Companies and governments are plowing billions of dollars into hydrogen as a potential cleaner alternative to fossil fuels such as natural gas. Still, commercial application of the fuel for use in heavy transportation and industrial processes such as steel-making is still seen as several years away.

At about triple the price of a Powerwall, the Lavo unit’s main selling point will be its ability to store more energy for longer. Each system will initially cost A$34,750 ($24,620) and will be able to hold 40 kilowatt-hours of power — enough to supply an average household for more than two days, according to the company. Tesla’s Powerwall holds about 13.5 kilowatt-hours.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has been critical of moves to develop hydrogen-powered cars, which compete with his own electric vehicles, arguing that hydrogen storage can never be as efficient as a lithium-ion battery. And investors are wary about bold claims for new hydrogen technology after startup Nikola Corp. was accused of misleading statements about its zero-emission trucks.

“Getting from laboratory to commercial-scale deployment is incredibly difficult,” said Jake Whitehead, fellow at the University of Queensland, whose research has examined the challenges of storing hydrogen on a large scale. He said electrolyzers need a lot of power and suggested that many household solar arrays may not generate enough electricity to run the system efficiently.

Lavo’s Yu acknowledged that the higher cost of the system might initially limit interest to energy-technology enthusiasts initially, but he also sees it as a solution for small off-grid rural villages to replace diesel generators or a compact solution for communities and homes cut off from the main grid by natural disasters such as bushfires.

From Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-19/tesla-powerwall-rival-seeks-to-bring-hydrogen-into-your-home

ISE 2020 – CONFERENCE REVIEW

Our largest-ever conference programme

The ISE 2020 conference programme was our most extensive yet. Starting on the day before the exhibition opened, it featured ten conferences at the 5-star Hotel Okura and four at the RAI Amsterdam.

The programme explored the latest technologies, solutions and strategies within a broad range of vertical markets, including Smart Building, Pro Audio, XRHigher EducationDigital SignageEnterprise, Digital CinemaHospitalitySports Stadiums and Visitor Attractions.

New for ISE 2020 were conferences addressing Control Rooms, Cybersecurity and Residential Design & Build, while the well-established Smart Building Conference added a half-day Smart Workplace Track.

AGORA

Following its successful launch at ISE 2019, AGORA – presented by MONDO | STADIA – returned to discuss the use of technology in stadiums. With these venues increasingly being used to host a wide variety of events, the conference addressed technology not only for matchdays but also for other live events, including concerts and esports.
Visit: mondostadia-agora.com

attractionsTECH by blooloop

This half-day conference was dedicated to exploring the latest technologies, solutions and business strategies for the theme park and attractions business.
Visit: attractionsTECH

AudioForum @ ISE 2020

The full-day AudioForum discussed what organisers Connessioni, in co-operation with AES – Audio Engineering Society, have called Sound Democracy. That is to say, focusing on the person and their wellbeing in the environment and transforming the use of sound into a complete, personalised and gratifying listening experience, allowing us to communicate effectively with others and with the world around us.
Visit: Connessioni website

AVIXA Enterprise AV Conference

This half-day conference, produced by AVIXA in partnership with the AV User Group, is targeted at enterprise AV end-users. This year the focus was on applications for data – the different ways in which data can be used to inform design discussions. Best-practice case studies and stimulating discussions featured strongly on the agenda.
Visit: iseurope.org/show-event/avixa-enterprise-av-conference/

AVIXA Higher Education AV Conference

AVIXA joined forces once more with education specialists SCHOMS and EUNIS to create this half-day conference. Delegates heard innovative ideas and best-practice case studies covering the design and deployment of AV systems for learning and collaboration spaces in universities and higher education colleges.
Visit: iseurope.org/show-event/avixa-higher-education-av-conference/

CEDIA Cybersecurity Workshop

This theory-based interactive all-day workshop challenged attendees to produce technical best practice procedures and customer policies around network security and cybersecurity; focussing on the three areas of hardware, software and wetware (physical network design, software and data policy, human factors and client education).
Visit: cediaeducation.com

CEDIA Design & Build Conference

New for ISE 2020, CEDIA’s Design & Build Conference is targeted at architects, interior designers and other design & build professionals in the residential space. Attendees gained an insight into what is possible when technology and design meet in collaborative harmony. The conference gave a deep dive look at multiple facets of the home technology industry, and how professional design and installation can lead to sophisticated aesthetics and lifestyle benefits.
The morning conference was followed by a guided show floor tour in the afternoon.
Visit: cediaeducation.com

Control Rooms Summit ISE

ISE 2020 saw the launch of the Control Rooms Summit. Taking the theme ‘How better integrated AV will save and protect lives and deliver more efficient operations in the world of mission critical command and control’, this new all-day conference addressed the latest trends in technology, design, ergonomics and best practice in this dynamic technology-led business sector.
Visit: controlroomssummit.org

Digital Signage Summit ISE

DSS ISE gives unparalleled insights into trends and strategies of the digital signage industry’s brightest, most talked about and controversial minds. The focus of this year’s half-day conference was ‘The Future of Digital Signage – Technology, Platforms and Solutions’.
Visit: digitalsignagesummit.org/ise

Digital Cinema Summit ISE

This year’s half-day Digital Cinema Summit, presented by Integrated Systems Europe in conjunction with Digital Cinema Report, was entitled ‘The Changing Cineplex’. It highlighted how advances in digital cinema technology are transforming not just how movie theatres around the world operate but the kinds of content they can offer to their customers.
Visit: digitalcinemasummit.org

Hospitality TechSummit by HTNG

Organised by ISE and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), this full-day conference discussed current issues and cutting-edge research findings from the world of hotel and hospitality technology.
Visit: https://www.htng.org/page/HTS_2020

Smart Building Conference ISE

Smart Building Conference took as its theme ‘5G, IoT & the Intelligent Edge’. The conference explored how the unfolding new technology landscape facilitates the deployment of smart technology within buildings.
Visit: smartbuildingconference.com

Smart Workplace Track

This half-day addition to the Smart Building Conference explored the present and the future of the smart workplace with keynotes and executive panels from some of Europe’s top workplace experts, highlighting the needs and changing opportunities.
Visit: smartbuildingconference.com

XR Summit ISE

XR Summit ISE is a half-day B2B strategy conference focused on the Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) industry. The 2020 edition explored the latest in those technologies, business strategies, and solutions and how they impact and empower the AV business.
Visit: xr-summit.org