Germany is preparing for the opening of the Berlin Radio Exhibition (IFA): this is one of the world's oldest technology fairs, and this year it is almost the only one that has not been canceled. Despite the fact that there is an increase in the number of infections in the country, the authorities allowed the show to be held as a symbol of a possible return to normal life.
Instead of 27 exhibition halls, only four have been prepared, and instead of the usual couple of hundred thousand guests - much less.
“All visitors must register and we have counted them all. We will carefully monitor how many guests are in the halls at the same time and how they follow strict rules. For example, each hall can have a maximum of 750 people at a time, ”says Jens Heitecker, Exhibition Director.
The Radio Exhibition has been held for almost a hundred years, and its organizers are proud of the fact that they were the first to have such life-changing novelties as television, home radios, compact cassettes and satellite TV receivers.
The very fact that the exhibition will take place is considered a great success in Berlin this year.
The Berlin Radio Exhibition first took place in 1924, when German radio manufacturers gathered to showcase their products a year after the country's first regular broadcasts began.
IFA remains one of the two largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the world. And the second - the Consumer Electronics Show, held in January in Las Vegas - is much younger. It first opened only in 1967.