We're just back from Light+Building 2014 - "The World's biggest trade fair for lighting and building" - which took place over 6 days last week in Frankfurt. If you have never been, this is a giant event filling the Messe Frankfurt centre, plus outdoor exhibits which were lucky to have summer-like weather most of the time. I still think this is the best kept secret in the home automation industry despite its 2,458 exhibitors and over 211,500 trade visitors! You can read more in this issue, and at our KNXtoday spotlight on Light+Building 2014.
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-Stella Plumbridge, Publisher
Our feature this month focuses on light and shade control and is sponsored by Crestron, whose Mark Tallent explains how integrators can expand their business into the retrofit market using the infiNET EX wireless lighting control range.
Next, Simon Buddle points out various practicalities when designing an automated lighting system, and then our Industry Opinion looks at the role of light and shade control in home energy management. Rounding off the feature is Guy Simmonds of Lutron, who points out how lighting control in MDUs offers a great business opportunity to systems integrators.
Our regular columns start with Peter Aylett, who gives a fascinating glimpse into a future where pCell wireless technology has a huge impact on home control. Our US correspondent, Michael Heiss, has all the latest on the new Roku Streaming Stick that competes directly with the Google Chromecast that he talked about last month. Next, Neil Walton of CYP Europe looks at how aerial and satellite installers and electricians can easily expand into home control. And finally, hot off the press, is a sample of our impressions from the Light+Building show. Enjoy!
-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor