Manufacturer Musings: Chris Smeeton, Argosy
Argosy's Chris Smeeton is looking forward to the continued progression of technologies at IBC2016.
Name: Chris Smeeton
Job title: Business Unit Leader - Europe
Number of IBCs you’ve attended? 16
What do think will be the big technology trends at this year’s IBC?
Continued progression of technologies that were emerging the last few years: 4K/8K, VoIP, and media asset management.
What’s will your company be highlighting at IBC?
After having built its reputation as a cable expert, Argosy has broadened its offering to include active components like switchers and KVM technology. We’ll highlight a few of our manufacturing partners specialising in this area.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the TV industry right now?
From an infrastructure perspective, our customers are striving to find the right balance between capital expenditures and operational expenditures. The rapid pace of technology changes makes a managed service, OpEx model enticing to many financial officers. The broadcaster has to balance this challenge within a marketplace with dynamic demographics and customer demands, such as multiplatform content availability.
Given that the RAI is two meters below sea level, what is your business doing to address climate change?
Like everyone else, we are doing our bit. Argosy is RoHS and WEEE compliant and publishes an environmental compliance declaration. We go paperless when possible, use partially recycled packaging, and utilise conference calls instead of travel. Perhaps the most aggressive step we’ve taken is to enable our employees with flexible positions to work from home and avoid the commute.
What are your top tips for trade show survival?
Plan ahead and be prepared to immediately throw that plan out the window.
What are your favourite place(s) in Amsterdam to unwind and why?
The Groucho Grill -- celebrating with clients over an Argentinian steak after the long days.