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YasminHashmiThe CEDIA EXPO is in Denver again this year and takes place from 10-13 September. If you are planning to attend, then register online before 18 July to take advantage of 40% early-bird discounts on training using our code HW14.

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YasminHashmiOur feature this month focuses on Home Automation & Control, and is sponsored by Habitech. Habitech's Jonathan Pengilley talks in principle about how installers can maintain their revenue streams post-installation, and explains how AMX home automation and Ihiji remote monitoring products can help.

Next, Peter Aylett suggests that we are sometimes in danger of over-automating the home, and gives some excellent practical tips for enhancing the user experience. Simon Buddle then makes the case for the all-in-one home control system and the benefits of a single, unified programming environment.

Apple disrupted our market before, and looks set to do so again, so our Industry Opinion this month discusses what the impact of HomeKit will be, and how installers should respond. Next, CEDIA's Olivia Sellke prepares us for the main home automation issues that will feature at CEDIA Expo.

Our regular columns start with our US correspondent, Michael Heiss, who, having been to InfoComm, gives us a fascinating overview of the laser projector, and whether you should be recommending it to your clients. This is the time when more people than usual are glued to their screens, with events such as Wimbledon and of course the World Cup, so it is apt that David Meyer of Kordz rounds off the issue with an excellent explanation of why it is so important to prepare your clients for ever-increasing display resolutions, and how to do it.

I encourage you to comment, as ever, at the end of our articles if you would like to continue any of the discussions, or start your own in our LinkedIn group. Enjoy!

-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor

Habitech offers Cleerline's innovative fibre technology saving you time on site when Installing 4K-ready infrastructure.

CORE Brands combines the product innovation and marketing strengths of eleven iconic audio, power management and control brands, including ATON, BlueBOLT, ELAN, Furman, Korus, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire and Xantech.

Crestron brings 4K confidence to integrators and end users with its new certification programme to help facilitate the smooth transition to 4K UHD. For more information click here.

CYP delivers connectivity solutions that enhance the capability of AV products in any installation environment. Dedication and focus has made CYP a market leader for AV installers throughout Europe.


LeafAudioAutomated Smart Homes seeks the perfect Audio Visual Installation Engineer

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HDBaseT and Ultra HD/4K Webinar by CEDIA

CEDIA EXPO 2014 Sneak Peek – Part 1

Voices of ISE 2014

CEDIA Training & Curriculum Guide

Recommended Wiring Guidelines by CEDIA

HTI+ Home Technology Integration and CEDIA Installer I All-in-One Exam Guide


CEDIA Awards 2014
11 July 2014
London, UK

Connect with CEDIA Leeds
30 July 2014
Leeds, UK

CEDIA India Training Event
4-8 August 2014
Mumbai, India

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology
3-5 September 2014
Shanghai, China

CEDIA Expo 2014
10-13 September 2014
Denver, USA

Connect with CEDIA London
24 September 2014
London, UK

InfoComm MEA 2014
13-16 October 2014
Dubai, UAE


Sponsor: Habitech

Habitech adds the highest levels of support, information and training to the best-value home automation product lines, bringing innovation and reliable high-performance to custom installers.

Product Article: Managing the Costs and Opportunities in Next-Generation Control Systems with AMX and Ihiji (07/07/2014) - By Jonathan Pengilley, Habitech. In a world of falling hardware margins and increasing AV/IT integration, your business is challenged from all sides. Not only do you have to stay on top of a fast- moving technical scenario, you also need …


Best Practice: The Dangers of Over-Automation (07/07/2014)

Technology: The Rise of the Complete Solution for Home Automation (07/07/2014)

Industry Opinion: How Should Systems Integrators Respond to Apple’s HomeKit? (07/07/2014)

Show Preview: Three Big Debates in Home Automation at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (07/07/2014)


Letter from America: InfoComm 2014 Report – Do I Really Really Want a Laser Projector?


HD and Beyond: Preparing for the Digital Data Load (07/07/2014)


Sponsor: Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart, an ultra-efficient wireless technology creates new home automation possibilities. Leverage the largest install base of smartphones and tablets.

Bluetooth Smart Technology Creates Explosive Growth in Smart Home (01/07/2014) - Bluetooth® Smart is the ideal wireless technology for the Smart Home. Standards-based and low-power, Bluetooth Smart enables companies to develop devices and applications that can securely connect with the billions of smartphones, tablets and computers consumers already own. This is …

FS Cables Releases First Tru – Cables and Connectors Catalogue (07/07/2014)

Habitech Offers Cleerline’s Breakthrough Fibre Technology for Installing 4K-Ready Infrastructure (04/07/2014)

Yamaha Debuts the SRT-1000 Sound Base with Built-In 8 Sound-Beam System (02/07/2014)

Yamaha Presents its New AVENTAGE AV Receiver Line-Up with Built-In Wireless Technology (02/07/2014)

CYP Announces Availability of its PU-444HBTE 4×8 HDMI/HDBaseT Matrix (01/07/2014)

Crestron Introduces DigitalMedia 4K Receiver and Room Controller in a Single-Gang Box (01/07/2014)


Core Brands Debuts Niles Auriel MRC-6430 Audio Controller That Simplifies Whole Home Audio (30/06/2014)

LILIN Leads the Way with Surveillance for Custom Install Training Course (30/06/2014)

Core Brands Ships Furman F1500-UPS E Uninterruptible Power Supply for EMEA Market (23/06/2014)

Pulse Marketing Announces Appointment as Distributor for Lutron Lighting and Shades Control (19/06/2014)

Core Brands Introduces Xantech Universal IR Kit With Micro Form Factor To Improve Installation Flexibility and Design (19/06/2014)

Armour Home Launches Systemline 7 Digital Multiroom Audio System (16/06/2014)

WyreStorm Showcases Total Audio, Video and Control solutions for Pro AV at InfoComm 2014 (16/06/2014)

WyreStorm Breaks Boundaries with Scalable HD Over IP Solutions for Networked Distribution Over JPEG2000 and H.264 at InfoComm 2014 (16/06/2014)

WyreStorm Unveils New 4K Ultra HD Matrix, Splitter and Extender Solutions at InfoComm 2014 (16/06/2014)


Sponsor: CEDIA

CEDIA’s new education brochure gives information and advice for anyone keen to expand their knowledge and grow their skill sets within the residential custom installation industry. Get your copy now!

CEDIA: Networking School

Crestron: CTI-P101 Foundations of Crestron Programming

CYP Europe: Multi-room HDMI Distribution & HDBaseT System Design


Habitech: ProNet 1 Day Course

Habitech: WyreStorm Enado Training

Platinum sponsors: Core Brands, Crestron, Habitech
Gold sponsors: CYP Europe
Silver sponsors: AMX, Control4, Datasat, Leviton Security & Automation, Moss Technical Services, NuVo Technologies, Somfy, Tru by FS Cables, Wyrestorm Technologies
Category sponsors: Cytech Technology
Associates: CEDIA, KNX Association, RDI, Clarity Alliance

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