Indianapolis - More than 17,600 people attended last week's CEDIA Expo to visit 444 exhibitors, CEDIA announced.
A total of 25 percent of those on hand were first-time attendees. The number of first-time exhibitors was 83.
During the event, attendees were able to sit in on more than 100 CEDIA University education courses and 150 manufacturer product training sessions, the association said. The most-attended CEDIA courses focused on home networking, content delivery, and emerging technologies/trends.
In 2010, attendance hit 20,721, and the number of exhibitors was 450. Attendance peaked at 29,000 in 2007 and slipped to 25,500 in 2008 and 20,322 in 2009 before ticking up in 2010 to 20,721.
The number of exhibitors in 2010 was 450 exhibitors. In 2009, there were 426 exhibitors, and in 2008, there were 500.
One first-time exhibitor, Future Automation, plans to attend again next year. Ollie French, Future Automation's commercial director for Future Automation, called the show "an amazing introduction to the US residential marketplace" and said "CEDIA Expo attendees are intelligent and informed visitors with real projects."