Held every two years, Light+Building 2014 opens at the end of this month in Frankfurt, Germany. From my recent straw poll, it may come as a surprise to many of you that Light+Building is the world’s biggest trade fair for architecture and technology covering lighting, electrical engineering, house and building automation, and software for the construction industry. With around 2,300 exhibitors, and nearly half its 196,000 visitors coming from outside Germany, it's surprising how Light+Building manages to keep such a low profile! If you are attending for the first time, you may also be surprised at the sheer size and expense spent on some of the stands, let alone the extensive product ranges which you are unlikely to see anywhere else. Our KNXtoday spotlight on Light+Building 2014 gives information about KNX-related home and building automation at the show, and any general home automation show news can be found here.
HiddenWires is a media sponsor of the 2014 CEDIA Region 1 Awards and entry this year is via a simplified online system, so make sure you submit your projects before the 7th April deadline. The Awards ceremony will be held at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Friday 11th July and tickets are also on sale now, with an early bird discount rate until 31st May.
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Our feature this month focuses on home networking and is sponsored by Habitech, whose Jonathan Pengilley advises installers to accept the IT model, charge properly for service, and exploit the power of home networking for better business. This is followed by Peter Aylett's concise and highly-informative tutorial on IP addressing, which has plenty of useful tips and links. Next, Simon Buddle looks at how the demands on home networking have grown thanks to video, and shows us the direction of travel and what to plan for. Rounding off the feature is our Industry Opinion, in which an impressive selection of leading lights give us their take on home networking trends, and what will drive the market in 2014.
Our regular columns start with a case study by Roland Trimmer of Redlight Installation, on an all-encompassing Leviton Security & Automation installation in a luxury home in Virginia Water, UK. Next, Cees Links of GreenPeak Technologies gives a refresher on ZigBee technology for control, and explains its advantages over Wi-Fi. Our US correspondent, Michael Heiss, has been testing the much-hyped Google Chromecast, and his excellent overview will prepare you for those inevitable questions from your customers as Chromecast is launched internationally. Finally, we interview Crestron's Robin van Meeuwen, who gives a fascinating insight into the home control market in the EMEA region, and makes a compelling case for specifying quality systems with reliable support. Enjoy!
-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor