Karlsbad, Germany Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN, the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, will hold a keynote on the topic of Smart Audio at this year's IFA. On Saturday, September 5, 2015, he will speak on what possibilities the era of intelligent networking will open up for the audio industry in his speech entitled “Smart Audio: The playground has opened for new business connections”. Furthermore, Dinesh Paliwal will discuss what companies must do to take advantage of the smart audio trend.

Audio devices are playing an increasingly important role in the smart revolution. More and more devices are connected without any limitations at home and outdoors. Whether it’s at home, in the car or on the go, audio devices are taking over both input and output for permanently installed systems and mobile devices, and are no longer restricted to pure audio playback and control. Instead, they also allow users to access content from the Internet via apps.

“Audio manufacturers and developers should focus on more than sound when introducing products to the market,” says Paliwal. “Smart audio has enormous potential to offer exciting new functionalities in the interconnected world. It’s time to realize the power of these technologies, and I am looking forward to exploring this topic more at IFA,” he added.



HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems; audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 27,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.