Leading Retail Show CE Week Features Latest in Autonomous Driving, Smart Home and Connected Devices

New York – June 13, 2019 – CE Week opened this week with a keynote panel that examined the race to 5G and its impact on retailers, cities and consumers along with an exhibit floor featuring consumer electronic devices and services for the smart home and connected car. CE Week, a global IFA event, takes place, June 12-13, 2019 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  

The keynote panel featured Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies and Michele Dupre, group VP, Verizon, Rob Stott, editorial director, Dealerscope and moderator Maggie Reardon, senior reporter, CNET who discussed how 5G will revolutionize retail by adding visual context to what consumer are purchasing, support inventory tracking and the role augment reality, video, drone delivery, and facial recognition will play.

More than 60 companies were on the exhibit floor including the debut of the Connected Design House featuring products for the smart home that unify connected devices on a single platform, acoustical products that create high performance environments, built in appliances for the kitchen and products for the bath with touchscreen remote capability and dual function shower heads. Exhibitors included Control4, Graff, Kohler, SKS Signature, Sony and more.  

“The consumer technology industry is evolving at a rapid pace and CE Week is proud to have hosted a dynamic line-up of speakers, exhibitors and partners who discussed trends that will impact consumer offerings during the holiday season,” said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP Messe Berlin. “CE Week is part of the IFA network of global events and our team is committed to working with retailers and consumer technology companies to create an vibrant and efficient platform for business.”

Sony’s A9G Master Series OLED TV won the Value Electronics TV Shoot Out that honors the latest in high definition TVs. Award categories include:

  • Best SDR Day Mode: Sony A9F OLED TV
  • Best SDR Reference Mode: Sony A9G OLED TV
  • Best HDR TV: Sony A9G OLED TV
  • Best Streaming TV: Tie Sony A9G OLED TV and LG C9P OLED TV

The Smart Cities Council hosted a panel on 5G exploring how infrastructure will be increasingly critical to support a city’s growth and economic development and discussed ways cities and suppliers and can best facilitate and leverage 5G networks in their communities. The Mobile Electronics Association hosted a series of conference sessions that examined mobility and innovation, enhancing the in-vehicle experience and upgrading vehicle safety.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world’s most significant technology trade show that takes place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting retail buyers, sellers and manufacturers in consumer technology.

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

US Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004

cdelgreco@msipr.com

Cobra Electronics Launches Its Latest Driver Awareness Technology

New York City – June 12, 2019 – Cobra Electronics, the leading designer and marketer of award-winning automotive, mobile and consumer electronics, today announced the release of the new Cobra Elite Series: Road Scout and DualPro 360°, the latest in intelligent driver information systems. The first of its kind, the Cobra Road Scout Elite offers an innovative 2-in-1 solution to keep drivers in the know: a highly accurate, long-range radar detection system and a high-definition dash cam in a single unit. The product’s compact design easily blends with a vehicle’s interior for a streamlined and simple installation. Both Cobra Elite Series systems allow drivers to receive instant notifications on speed enforcement locations, GPS-based locations of red-light cameras and speed cameras, as well as real-time awareness alerts on road conditions and events from the exclusive iRadar connected driving community.

“The new connected Cobra Elite Series delivers the ultimate driver awareness experience. When connected to the iRadar app, drivers receive real-time alerts within the Cobra/ESCORT driving community so that they know what to expect on the road ahead,” said Gail Babitt, CEO. “Backed by best-in-class radar technology and designed with the user in mind, the new Road Scout is engineered to offer today’s drivers the highest performance solution available for smarter, informed driving.”

Cobra Road Scout Elite

The 2-in-1 Cobra Road Scout Elite includes a high-definition dash cam and highly accurate radar and laser detection system. The Cobra Road Scout contains sensors to detect live radar-based speed enforcement locations, while also alerting drivers of upcoming red light and speed cameras utilizing the Cobra and ESCORT Defender Database. In addition, the Cobra Road Scout is a connected radar, which means it can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot for automatic in-vehicle software and GPS database updates.

The integrated dash cam lets drivers record their trip with crystal-clear, editable video that automatically embeds the location, date and time. The dash cam can help drivers tell their side of the story for insurance claims or incidents, allow parents of teen drivers to see footage of their teen’s driving behaviors, or just record the road ahead for fun. The new Cobra Road Scout’s design complements any dashboard – car, truck or SUV – and can be easily installed by the driver. Its incorporated Wi-Fi transmitter also allows the user to view, edit and share videos from their smartphone.

Key features of the Cobra Road Scout Elite:

Radar Detector

  • Maximum False Alert Filtering for improved Accuracy: filters out radar frequencies from new vehicles’ Collision Avoidance Systems and other ADAS systems as well as patented AutoLearn® technology to self-correct from sensors that create false alerts
  • GPS-based filtering prevents false alerts and improves location accuracy to provide drivers with timely, up-to-date conditions
  • Defender Database alerts drivers in advance to red light and speed camera locations
  • Superior range, response time & accuracy, powered by high tech sensors and advanced DSP technology
  • Connected car Wi-Fi compatible for live, in-car software and Defender Database updates
  • Wirelessly connects to the Cobra iRadar app for community-based alerts and speed limits

Dash Camera

  • Full HD 1080p video, optimized for day or night recording
  • Drive HD app enables drivers the ability to view, edit and share videos directly from their smartphones via the Road Scouts embedded Wi-Fi
  • Internal GPS records speed and location information on all video files
  • Continuous loop recording
  • Automatic video saving upon impact with a 16 GB Micro SD card

Cobra DualPro 360°

Engineered in the U.S., the new Cobra DualPro 360° is a true connected 360° radar and laser detector that alerts drivers of traffic enforcement on their journey, including red light cameras, speed cameras, radar-based live speed enforcement locations and other road threats. Exclusive In-Vehicle TechnologyTM (IVT) filter (recognition of false alerts resulting from other vehicles radar-based ADAS systems), patented AutoLearn® technology, and GPS-based filtering prevent false alerts and improves location accuracy to provide drivers with timely, up-to-date conditions.

Key features of the Cobra DualPro 360°:

  • Front and rear advanced sensors
  • 360° directional alert arrows
  • Updatable Defender GPS database
  • Updatable IVT Filter and Advanced DSP to reduce false alerts and improve accuracy
  • Customizable high-resolution multi-color graphic display
  • Wirelessly connects to the iRadar app for community-based alerts and speed limits

The Cobra DualPro 360° and Cobra Road Scout Elite allow drivers to automatically report and access road hazards and activity through the next generation iRadar app, which generates 100 million sensor-based alerts annually, to build the dynamic road conditions database that is accessible to all iRadar-enabled products from Cobra.

For more information on pricing and availability of the Cobra Elite Series, visit Cobra.com.

The New Cobra iRadar App will be available in June as a free update for all users from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users who register the app with their Cobra iRadar compatible devices including The Cobra Elite Series detection products, Cobra Dash Cameras, and CB Radios will receive all levels of alert information for free. Users who download the app without a Cobra device can receive the full power of the community, data and alerts, for a monthly fee.

About Cobra Electronics

Cobra Electronics is a major brand of Cedar Electronics, a leading global supplier of mobile land and marine vehicle consumer electronics products. Cedar Electronics possesses a strong brand portfolio including Cobra Electronics, ESCORT Radar, & Snooper. Leveraging its leadership position in the radar detector and Citizens Band radio categories, Cobra Electronics has aggressively grown both domestically and internationally with an ever-expanding family of automotive products that include dash cams, power inverters, portable jump starters, and more. Cobra Electronics has sales and marketing operations in North America, South America, Europe and China. To learn more please visit www.cobra.com.

Signature Kitchen Suite Demonstrates Smart Kitchen Technologies at CE Week 2019

Signature Kitchen Suite, the new luxury brand that leads innovation in the high-end kitchen appliance market, is demonstrating smart kitchen advances with industry-leading partners WineRing and Innit at CE Week 2019.

Led by new wine column refrigerators and unique pro-style ranges, Signature Kitchen Suite’s Wi-Fi-enabled appliances are the centerpiece of CE Week’s Connected Design Home pavilion, according to Toni Sabatino, president of the Manhattan Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, who collaborated with CE Week on the pavilion. “At this highly anticipated destination for people looking for the latest in smart home technology, attendees will see how leading brands like Signature Kitchen Suite and their partners are catering to a new breed of luxury consumers known as ‘Technicureans,’” she said.

Smart Wine Cave Refrigerator with True Sommelier App

One of the trailblazing smart kitchen innovations featured at CE Week is Signature Kitchen Suite’s True Sommelier™ app, which helps wine collectors manage their personal collections on the brand’s new integrated 18- and 24-inch wine column refrigerators. Powered by Wine Ring’s patented machine learning, this is the first smart software that learns preferences and makes wine recommendations, including food pairings, for individuals and groups based on the wines stored in the user’s cellar. 

To develop the True Sommelier app, Signature Kitchen Suite partnered with Wine Ring, the wine industry’s leading AI-driven, personalization software. Its patented “Preference Intelligence Engine,” powered by technology company RingIT, develops a comprehensive user preference profile to drive the most accurate recommendations in the wine industry, according to Wine Ring co-founder and CEO Pam Dillon.

“Signature Kitchen Suite is leading thinking in wine storage,” Dillon said. “They are going beyond simply connecting kitchens to building kitchens that learn, and Wine Ring smart software helps power their vision.”  She said Wine Ring and RingIT also are working with Signature Kitchen Suite to incorporate LG SmartThinQTM cloud-based functionalities into the True Sommelier app including when-to-drink vintage indicators and remote adjustment of wine refrigerator temperature. 

Also unique to the award-winning wine refrigerators is Signature Kitchen Suite’s Wine CaveTM technology, designed for precise wine preservation, inspired by the traditional, historic old-world caves of wineries, located near the company’s new Experience & Design Center in Napa, Calif. The exclusive Wine Cave design significantly reduces vibration – a primary impediment to wine preservation, which causes chemical imbalances affecting the quality, flavors, aromas and texture – as well as minimizes temperature fluctuations, limits light exposure and locks in humidity.

Pro Style Range with Smart Adaptive Cooking Technology

The award-winning ranges from Signature Kitchen Suite are the first to feature built-in sous vide, as well as induction and gas, directly on the cooktop. These appliances offer the ultimate in precision cooking for today’s TechnicureanTM home chef that demands innovation, performance and versatility, allowing them to prepare food in the best way possible regardless of their preferred cooking methods.

Signature Kitchen Suite is working with Innit to integrate software on pro ranges and ovens so they will work seamlessly with Innit Premium Recipes, featuring AdaptiCOOK™ technology that automatically controls oven temperature cycles and cooking modes ideal for each meal throughout the cooking process.

Innit’s platform uniquely enables consumers to customize meals based on their dietary and taste preferences, with simple video instructions for every step of the meal. Multiple dishes can be orchestrated to minimize overall preparation time, ensuring that everything is done and hot at the same time. Innit AdaptiCOOK enables precision cooking using the unique features of each appliance, across multiple steps and temperatures, to achieve restaurant-quality results with a single click or voice command.

“Signature Kitchen Suite has quickly emerged as a leading innovator in the luxury appliance category,” said Kevin Brown, CEO and co-founder of Innit. “Our teams are working closely to enable amazing cooking results, with customizable meals that fit the lifestyle and dietary preferences of today’s home chef, consistent with Signature Kitchen Suite’s True to Food™ philosophy.”

Smart Kitchens with Personalized Meals, Thousands of Recipies

The new smart wine refrigerator and pro range featured at CE Week are at the heart of the Signature Kitchen Suite’s luxury appliance portfolio, which also includes integrated column refrigerators and freezers, pro-style ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and dishwashers. Signature Kitchen Suite is the fresh new luxury brand from global home appliance leader LG Electronics.

For its part, LG is leading the smart kitchen revolution with an array of platform partners. In addition to Innit, LG brand Wi-Fi enabled smart ovens are integrating the capabilities of SideChef, Drop and Tovala. Users can select personalized meals tailored to their individual preferences from tens of thousands of recipes available via the apps and have precise cooking instructions sent automatically to their compatible LG range or oven. LG’s expansive smart home appliance portfolio features full kitchen suites, laundry appliances, air purifiers, air conditioners, vacuums and more. Users can control key features via the LG SmartThinQ mobile app or with voice commands using Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant on select models.

For more information on the broad array of Signature Kitchen Suite innovations, visit www.signaturekitchensuite.com.

About Signature Kitchen Suite

Signature Kitchen Suite delivers innovation in the luxury built-in kitchen appliance market with leading-edge technology that provides more flexibility to prepare food in the best possible way, demonstrating respect for the food at every level. The new luxury brand from global home appliance leader LG Electronics, Signature Kitchen Suite is embracing a new generation of forward-thinking Technicurean™ cooks, combining their passion for food with their appreciation for innovation. From the first-of-its-kind built-in sous vide range to the industry’s only built-in French Door refrigerator with a convertible middle drawer, Signature Kitchen Suite’s versatile and high-performance appliances deliver the ultimate precision cooking experience. Visit www.signaturekitchensuite.com or follow the brand on social channels @SKSappliances.

Media Contacts:

John I. Taylor

201 816 2166

john.taylor@lge.com

Katy Donnelly

917 664 1758

katy.donnelly@lg-one.com

Qobuz Chosen as Official Hi-Res Streaming Service at CE Week 2019

Qobuz, the certified Hi-Res hybrid streaming and download service, has been named the official Hi-Res streaming service of CE Week. Taking place June 12th and 13th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC, CE Week showcases the best in innovation and emerging trends in technology, and is the North American leg of IFA, the world’s largest technology trade show.

Qobuz, which launched in the US in February after a decade of success in Europe, is now playing an integral role in the expanding higher-quality music ecosystem. Designed with audiophiles in mind, it serves the substantial audience for enhanced listening (estimated by MusicWatch as 32M) by bringing Hi-Res music (1,000 albums/month are now released in Hi-Res according to the RIAA) to a hybrid streaming and download platform.

At CE Week, Qobuz will represent the growing trends towards Hi-Res music, offer listening demos, and make the rounds alongside some of the world’s most advanced, high-end audio technology. Also present at CE Week will be 3D printing, connected cars, high-end audio, AI & robotics, smart home technology, wearable technology, and more. Qobuz will offer all show attendees a free one month trial of Hi-Res streaming along with a chance to win a pair of audiophile headphones.

Managing Director Dan Mackta said of the company’s participation in CE, “Being the official Hi-Res streaming service of this show is an important way for Qobuz to spread the word that audio quality and convenience can now go hand-in-hand, and that the time for a truly premium streaming experience has come.”

CE Week Information

Wednesday, June 12th: 9am – 5pm

Thursday, June 13th: 9am – 3pm

Javits Center: 655 W 34th St, New York, NY

The Connected Design Home Takes Center Stage at CE Week

New York – June 4, 2019 – The Connected Design Home will take center stage at CE Week showcasing the latest products and services for the smart home. CE Week, a global IFA event will take place June 12-13, 2019 in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

Control4 will host the Connected Design Home located on the CE Week the exhibit floor with companies demonstrating products for the smart home experience in the kitchen, living room, bath, bedroom and home theater. Participating companies in the Connected Design Home will include:

  • Artnovion – custom acoustical treatments for high performance products;
  • Audio Control – audio tools and products for people who love amazing sound;
  • Acoustics Innovation – science of acoustics and art of aesthetics to create high-performance media environments;
  • Control4 – Smart Home OS 3 unifies hundreds of connected devices within the home, controls them all from a single platform and delivers personalization;
  • Fatboy® – lamps, beanbags, poufs, carpets and hammocks products;
  • Graff Shower System Ametis Ring – includes dual-function shower head outfitted with six-color LED indirect chromotherapy lighting;
  • HearthCabinet® – ventless fireplace system with patented alcohol gel fuel cartridge system and lockable safety screen;
  • Kohler – Veil® a one-piece toilet featuring heated seat, night-light, hands-free opening/closing and automatic flush, touchscreen remote;
  • MSE Audio – parent company of six major manufacturing brands producing quality speakers with exceptional sound;
  • Origin Acoustics – custom built performance products for great sound;
  • Reflectel – Reflectel Mirror TV isn’t simply a television or mirror but functional decor that complements the design of any room;
  • Restrepo Innovations – custom integration and home automation company;
  • SKS Signature by LG – built-in appliances for innovation and purposeful design in the kitchen;
  • Sony – Master Series XBR85X950G 4K LED TV.

“CE Week in New York is such a highly anticipated event for people looking for the latest in smart home technology,” said Toni Sabatino, president, NKBA Manhattan Chapter. “We are delighted to see kitchen and bath product manufacturers join CE Week’s Connected Design Home and showcase their products that can be integrated into the home. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the “Technicurean” kitchen from Signature Kitchen Suite along with new kitchen and bath products all integrated into today’s smart home.”

“We are delighted to welcome so many innovative companies to the CE Week’s Connected Design Home,” said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP Messe Berlin. “Exhibitors will be demonstrating high performance products for the home that deliver on the promise of making the connected home a reality.”

Two panel discussions focused on the smart home will take place on June 13:

  • Designing for Tech: The Power of Partnerships will explore the keys for building and maintaining successful partnerships between architects, designers, manufacturers, and technology integrators. Moderator: Michael Restrepo, owner, Restrepo Innovations.
  • Brad Hintz, senior director, product marketing, Control4, will speak on The Five Levels of a Smart Home and examine whole-home integration, the art of automation orchestration, and the future of smart home. This session will be CEU accredited for designers and architects.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world’s most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology.

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

US Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004

cdelgreco@msipr.com

CE Week and Tech Up For Women Announce Partnership to Encourage Women to Network and Engage in Technology

New York – June 3, 2019CE Week and Tech Up For Women today announced a partnership to encourage women to network and engage with technology thought leaders and innovators at their upcoming events. CE Week, a global IFA event, will bring together retailers and innovators in the consumer tech marketplace, taking place June 12-13, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Tech Up For Women’s annual conference will take place on November 19, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York and provides resources for women to stay ahead of the technology curve.

Tech Up For Women and CE Week will enter into a partnership to enhance their membership, conference programs and events. Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women, will participate and the organization is a sponsor of CE Week’s Powerful Women in CT panel on June 12. Executives will examine how the industry can improve in the areas of inclusion and equality. Panelists include: Eden Goldberg, VP, marketing and business development, InMotion Entertainment; Alexandra Harding, director, vendor management, IngramMicro; Aparna Behari, head of distribution, Google; and Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women. Moderator: Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies.

“We are delighted to offer our membership the opportunity to attend CE Week so they can hear directly from industry leaders about the latest trends and opportunities in consumer technology,” said Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women.

“We look forward to our association with Tech Up For Women and welcoming them to CE Week where they can explore the exhibit floor and attend the conference program,” said Jens Heithecker, IFA Executive Director, organizer of CE Week and Executive Vice President of Messe Berlin. “There’s a lot of interest this year about what comes next for 5G network deployments, autonomous vehicles and new personal and home devices.” 

About Tech Up For Women

Tech Up For Women is an event and engagement platform designed to enable women in all job functions to “Tech Up”. Tech Up allows women to develop technology skills needed to pursue a successful career in the field. Forbes named Tech Up one of the “Top Five Most Inspiring Conferences of 2018”. Tech Up is working to partner with forward thinking companies in order to provide technology resources to more women.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world’s most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology.

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

US Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004

cdelgreco@msipr.com

CE Week Heads to New York June 12-13 With Focus On Smart Home Experience, Annual TV Shoot Out, and Connected Car Tech

New York – May 30, 2019 – A Connected Design Home, the 15th Annual TV Shoot Out and the latest in connected car tech will be on display as CE Week, a global IFA event, heads to New York, June 12-13, 2019 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  

CE Week will open on Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30 am with a Keynote Panel, How 5G Will Alter the Retail Landscape, featuring executives from Blackberry, Creative Strategies, Third Eye and Verizon who will examine what to expect from this year’s 5G roll outs and how retailers can prepare for this next-gen networking technology.  

Connected Design House

On the exhibit floor Control4 will host the Connected Design House that will feature the latest technologies for the connected smart home experience. Exhibitors will include: Artnovion, Audio Control, Acoustics Innovation, Control4, Hearth Cabinet, Induction Dynamics, Origin Acoustics, Reflectel, Restrepo Innovations, SKS Signature by LG and Sony – showcasing their products and services for the living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom and home theater.

Brad Hintz, senior director, product marketing, Control4, will speak on June 13 about The Five Levels of a Smart Home and examine whole-home integration, the art of automation orchestration, and the future of smart home. This session will be CEU accredited for designers and architects.

“Retailers and technology innovators will be on hand to demonstrate connected technologies for home, vehicles and new television offerings and discuss trends that will impact these new consumer offerings during the holiday season,” said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP Messe Berlin. “We are delighted to be bringing the connected design experience to New York that will feature the latest innovations for the smart home.”

“Our presence in the Connected Design Home at CE Week is focused on showcasing how our recently launched Control4 Smart Home OS 3 removes the complexity of technology in the home,” said Brad Hintze, senior director, product marketing at Control4. “The new interface experience is a delight in the way it brings technology together and genuinely enhances the home.”

TV Shoot Out

Electronics experts and the CE Week audience will take part in 15th Annual Value Electronics TV Shoot Out on June 12 to select the winner of ultra-high definition TVs. Judges will be looking at contrast ratio, peak brightness, black level, color accuracy, color saturation, color volume, colorimetry, and resolution and motion artifacts. Sponsors and participating companies in the Shoot Out will include: LG, METRA, and Sony.

A companion panel hosted by Digital Trends Editor-in- Chief, Jeremy Kaplan, 8K is Coming: What it Means and How to Sell It, will examine the next wave in digital display technology. Participants include: Jim Sandusky, president, SHARP Home Electronics Company of America, Tom Campbell, global technologies, corporate director, Video & Audio Center; Toshi Ogura, Home Entertainment & Sound Products Inc., Chief Distinguished Engineer, Sony; and Robert Zohn, president, founder, Value Electronics.

Connected Car Technology

XM Sirius, Cedar Electronics and The Whistler Group will showcase connected car technologies on the CE Week exhibit floor. Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Association, will host a series of conference sessions examining mobility and innovation, enhancing the in-vehicle experience and upgrading vehicle safety.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world’s most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology.  

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

US Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004 

cdelgreco@msipr.com

 

CE Week Conference Program to Focus on the Impact of 5G Rollout on Retailers & Smart Cities, Black Friday Trends, and Autonomous Driving

New York – May 15, 2019 – The CE Week conference program will feature industry executives who will explore the latest business strategies and technology innovations in the consumer electronics marketplace.  Conference partners at this year’s CE Week include Centricity, Gap Intelligence, Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), and Smart Cities Council who will discuss opportunities for retailers and distributors, autonomous vehicles, smart city technologies and Black Friday trends. CE Week, a global IFA event, will take place June 12-13, Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

CE Week will kick off on June 12 with a keynote panel, How 5G Will Alter the Retail Landscape, addressing what to expect from this year’s 5G rollouts and how retailers can prepare. Panelists include: Nick Cherukuri, founder and CEO, ThirdEye Gen, Inc.; Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies; Jeffrey Davis, Head of Smart Transportation Innovation and Development, Blackberry; Michele Dupre, Group Vice President at Verizon Business Group. Moderator: Marguerite Reardon, senior reporter, CNET.   

Also on June 12, The Powerful Women in CT panel moderated by Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, will feature successful executives in consumer tech and retail who will examine how the industry can improve in the areas of inclusion and equality. Panelists include: Eden Goldberg, VP, marketing and business development, InMotion Entertainment; Alexandra Harding, director, vendor management, IngramMicro; and Aparna Behari, head of distribution, Google.

“CE Week has assembled a top tier group of partners and dynamic line-up of speakers who will explore the latest innovations in consumer technology and discuss best practices to help retailers drive revenue and remain competitive,” said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP Messe Berlin. “The conference program will examine a wide range of technologies including 5G networks, autonomous vehicle innovations, smart city infrastructure – along with Black Friday trends and the customer service and support experience.”

Partner Conferences

Smart Cities Council will also explore the ways cities and suppliers and can best facilitate and leverage 5G networks in their communities. The panel, 5G Networks: The Keys to Smart City Growth will include:  Bernard Borghei, co-founder, EVP, Operations, Vertical Bridge; Jim Lockwood, CEO and founder, Aero Wireless Group; Rob Pegoraro, journalist, USA Today and Yahoo Finance; and Joshua Ness, senior manager, Verizon 5G Labs. Moderator: Jason Nelson, executive director, Smart Cities Council.

Value Electronics will host 8K is Coming: What it Means and How to Sell It. Panelists will include: Tim Alessi, LG; Jim Sandusky, president, SHARP Home Electronics Company of America; Robert Zohn, president, founder, Value Electronics; and Toshi Ogura, chief distinguished engineer, Sony home entertainment and sound products. Moderator: Jeremy Kaplan, editor-in-chief, Digital Trends.

The Connect2Car Conference, produced by the MEA, will explore the future of automotive technology and examine how autonomous technology will change the driving experience. Panelists will include: Mark Karnes, VP, product marketing and business development, Cedar Electronics; Bryan Biniak, CEO, ConnectedTravel; Matt Jones, Windriver; Chris Cook, MEA; and John Waraniak, SEMA

Gap Intelligence will host Black Friday Trends and examine the biggest trends of the season and what strategies are ready for prime time and which ones might not be living up to the hype. Panelists will include analysts from Gap Intelligence: Scott Peterson, smartphones & voice assistant; Dustin Downs, desktop & notebook computers; Jason Barry, tablets & wearables, Moderator: Rob Stott, editorial director, Dealerscope, CT Lab Global Media.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world’s most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology.  

Registration is open for CE Week at: https://r1.events-registration.com/CEWeek2019/

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

U.S. Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004

cdelgreco@msipr.com

IFA 2019: Technology industry gears up for IFA Berlin 2019 and beyond

Andalusia/ Berlin, 27 April 2019 – Connectivity, artificial intelligence, voice control and 5G are the big trends driving innovation for consumer electronics and home appliances this year, and they will all be on show across the whole network of global IFA events this year – from the world’s largest technology show, IFA Berlin, to IFA events like CE Week in June in New York and CE China in Guangzhou in September.

IFA Next, the innovation hub at IFA Berlin, continues its success with strong growth. This year, IFA Next announced Japan as its first official Global Innovation Partner.

IFA also released the names of its first two keynote speakers at IFA Berlin 2019: Richard Yu, the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei, and Christiano Amon, the President of Qualcomm.

IFA also has its first IFA Global Audio Partner in Sennheiser, a company that has been exhibiting at IFA for the past 69 years. Sennheiser will support key IFA events with its range of professional audio gear and support journalists with equipment and technical support.

The technology industry, however, has not been without challenges during the past year. Despite this “techlash”, the technology sector continues to be the most trusted industry, even though consumers are deeply concerned about how new technologies will affect their future, said Margot Edelman, who presented the findings of the Edelman Trust Barometer at the IFA Global Press Conference.

Messe Berlin CEO Dr Christian Göke highlighted the reasons for IFA’s unrivalled international success. More than ever before, “co-innovation” was at the heart of the IFA experience, he said: “No industry operates in isolation, but only at IFA can you see the true breadth of it, because co-innovation is not just electronics companies competing with each other. Tomorrow’s Smart Homes are being innovated today by companies from the consumer electronics sector, health and wellness, white goods and many more … and the only place where you can see them all come together is IFA Berlin.”

Innovation, said Dr Göke, needs a platform as a showcase, to be trusted, to inspire others, to be inspired by others, and to be seen by people who would otherwise never encounter a company and its innovation: “And that’s exactly what IFA is and does: we are a trusted platform, that grows with and powers the growth of all our partners.”

“IFA Berlin is now part of a global network connecting retailers, media and consumers like no other convention in our industry,” said Dr Göke.

Connectivity is key

Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the supervisory board of gfu Consumer & Home Electronics, the organiser of IFA, said that “the consumer electronics and home appliance industries are continuously focusing on connectivity. More and more products use artificial intelligence which enables them to improve their performance over time. In addition, voice controlled systems upgrade the devices’ skills and expand their possible use cases. Thus, both industries are highly innovative as IFA in Berlin will show once again. At the world’s most important trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances all innovation is on display. Furthermore, IFA is the perfect common platform for the industries, the trade, visitors and media as the outstanding order volume of more than €4.7bn indicates.”

“In 2018 the global market of Technical Consumer Goods (TGC) generated a turnover of more than one trillion Euros for the first time, an increase of 3.3%. For 2019 we again expect an increase in turnover of 1% up to €1.052tn. Especially Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa are growth markets. For consumer electronics, we forecast a stable development, while home appliances are expected to grow again”, Mr Kamp concludes.

A showcase for Japan’s technological excellence

On 28th and 29th of June 2019, the leaders of the G20 will gather in Osaka, as Japan hosts its first ever G20 Summit. During its presidency of the G20 Summit, the Japanese government is determined to carry out strong leadership in advancing discussions toward resolving the myriad issues now facing the international community. Underlining this renewed dynamism, Japan will be the first IFA NEXT Global Innovation Partner in its history.

“Japan is a country that was the main driver to create the world of consumer electronics as we know it today, and that – once again – has become an incredible hub for industry research, thought leadership and start-up innovation,” said Dr Christian Göke.

Keita Nishiyama, the Director-General of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), addressed the media on the key issues at stake heading into the future, in particular when it comes to new data governance models. He was accompanied by Genichiro Shimada, Director Cross Value Innovation Project External Relations Department, Panasonic Corporation, and Takashi Sato, Managing Director, Unipos Europe.

“The Osaka G20 will, I believe, and as stated by our Prime Minister, long be remembered as the summit that started world-wide data governance”, said Mr Nishiyama. “The time to do so is ripe, as it will be digital data that drives our economy forward.”

With more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of digital information circulating each day, Mr Nishiyama called for the establishment of “DFFT” – or Data Free Flow with Trust, for non-personal data. He said that while personal data and intellectual property need to remain under careful protection, on the other hand, the free flow of medical, industrial, traffic and other highly useful non-personal data must be allowed to flow freely across borders.

The result will, he says, be “Society 5.0”, which this fourth industrial revolution will bring about, thanks, in part to new collaboration between entities such as the OECD, WEF and G20.

Dr Göke said “we partner with Japan because we want to give our visitors a deep dive into a highly innovative industry hub, including entrepreneurs and visionary speakers, and a start-up world like never before.”

The eyes… and the EARS of the industry

While IFA has always been visionary, ever since the days when Albert Einstein addressed the event, it is also the ultimate showcase for audio technologies. That’s why IFA and Sennheiser announced their Official Audio Partnership at the IFA Global Press Conference.

As the official IFA Global Audio Partner, Sennheiser will not only participate at IFA in Berlin, but also support the international outreach of the show, said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sennheiser: “With a continuously growing market in China, Sennheiser is looking forward to participating in CE China and the opportunities we can leverage in that vibrant environment,” says Dr Sennheiser. “At IFA in Berlin we are especially excited to become part of IFA Next, where we will demonstrate our AMBEO applications in the field of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – one of the trend topics for this year’s IFA.”

Trust is one of the biggest issue facing the technology industry in 2019, and Margot Edelman, Vice President in the Silicon Valley office of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, highlighted the fragile foundations of trust in the industry. While the tech sector continues to be the most trusted in the world, the public is skeptical about a broad range of new technologies – from blockchain and artificial intelligence to self-driving vehicles and robotics. “Trust gives companies the license to operate,” said Ms. Edelman, but overall, “many people feel left behind by the pace of innovation; 47% of the people we surveyed believe that technical innovation is happening too quickly, and will lead to changes that are not good for ‘people like me’.” Tech companies now had a clear mandate to play a bigger role in society, especially to help people gain emerging skills.

Press Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp

PR Manager IFA Global Communications

Corporate Communication Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

CE Week Exhibits and Conference to Focus on Smart Home, IoT, 5G and Autonomous Vehicles

New York – April 2, 2019 – With the market for consumer electronic devices and services poised for continued growth, retailers and innovators will be at CE Week to showcase the latest technologies as we approach the holiday season. Conference partners Connect2Car, Gap Intelligence, Mobile Electronics Association and Smart Cities Council who host panels that will discuss trends and polices that will drive revenue and market share. CE Week, a global IFA event, will take place June 12-13, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

“As the consumer electronics industry continues advancements in smart home, IoT, 5G and autonomous vehicles CE Week will feature the latest products and services for these evolving markets,” said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP, Messe Berlin. “We are delighted to be working with leading partner organizations who will provide high level conference programming for retailers, distributors and tech professionals looking to grow their business.”

CE Week will kick off on June 12 with a keynote panel, How 5G Will Alter the Retail Landscape, featuring industry thought leaders who will address what to expect from this year’s 5G roll outs and will dive into the expected impacts on the industry and how retailers can prepare themselves for this next-gen networking technology.

The Powerful Women in CT panel will feature successful women in the consumer tech and retail industries who will discuss career challenges and how the industry can improve in the areas of inclusion and equality.

Gap Intelligence will host a Black Friday Trends session that will feature executives who will discuss connected devices and decode the buzz around the biggest trends of the season and examine what strategies are ready for prime time and which ones might not be living up to the hype.

The CE Week exhibit floor will feature products from 1 More, Cedar Electronics, Focal, Hyper by Sanho, Kidsconnect, JLAB, SDI (iHome), Olibra by BOND, Remo+, Roidmi, Sharp, Temi, Venable Law Firm, Westinghouse, Whistler and others for the smart home IoT devices, audio and TVs, and autonomous driving tech in time for holiday shopping. The floor will feature two distinct areas for emerging companies and the latest in design solutions:

  • CE Next – will host emerging companies demonstrating tech products and solutions;
  • Connected Design – will bring together home tech professionals, architects, builders, and designers showcasing the latest in smart home innovation and design.

About CE Week

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA; the world’s most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology.

Registration is open for CE Week at: https://r1.events-registration.com/CEWeek2019/

Global Media Contact:

Nicole von der Ropp, IFA Global Communications, Messe Berlin

nicole.vonderropp@messe-berlin.de

www.ifa-berlin.com

US Media Contact:

Cheryl Delgreco, Media Strategies

617-723-4004

cdelgreco@msipr.com