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YasminHashmiYesterday I attended the ISE-run Smart Building Conference in London, and of the many interesting issues raised, the quote that stands out for me was by Paul Fletcher, Principal at through..., "A smart building is one that doesn't make the user feel dumb." Of course that's obvious, but sometimes it's all too easy to get carried away with products and technology. Further Smart Building Conferences will take place in Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam at ISE 2015, and you can register online.

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YasminHashmiOur feature this month focuses on racks and mounts, and is sponsored by Middle Atlantic Products whose Tim Troast gives a useful overview of the company's Quick Assembly Rack. Next, Peter Aylett explains why thermal management is so important in rack design, and gives some excellent tips on what to consider. Simon Buddle then makes the case for preparing a rack before it gets to the client's property, and also gives some excellent tips.

Our regular columns start with an enlightening review of CEDIA EXPO 2014 by our US correspondent, Michael Heiss, in which he outlines the various forces currently doing battle in our industry - and you can find the rest of our EXPO coverage here. This is followed by a case study by installer Adam Lucket of A&L Electrical of a Niko Home Control installation in an old coach house/office in Bristol, UK. And finally, we have an interview with Steve Simper of Alltrade, in which he discusses opportunities for installers at the more affordable end of the market, and why trade visitors from all sectors of the custom install, AV and aerial industry would benefit from visiting the Alltrade CI & AV Tradeshow on 30 October at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

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 the highest levels of support, information and training and brings innovation and reliable high performance to custom installers in simple to use, value propositions.

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.


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Draytek Security & Router Best Practice Whitepaper

CEDIA UK VAT Guidance Notes for Home Technology Professionals (Updated)

CEDIA Awards 2014 Yearbook Special Edition

Recommended Wiring Guidelines by CEDIA

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


InfoComm MEA 2014
13-16 October 2014
Dubai, UAE

Integrated Systems Russia 2015
29-31 October 2014
Moscow, Russia

18-19 November 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISE 2015
10-12 February 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency & Renewables
11-13 March 2015
Sofia, Bulgaria


Sponsor: Middle Atlantic Products

Skeleton frame racks are ideal for cost-conscious projects. Learn the benefits of those that are integration-ready in under 5 minutes.

Product Article: Middle Atlantic Products Quick Assembly Rack – The Skinny on Skeleton Racks (07/10/2014) - By Tim Troast, Middle Atlantic Products. Middle Atlantic Products is a market leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing racks and enclosures, and has served the AV industry for over 35 years. The company’s approach to its enclosures is to provide …


Best Practice: Thermal Management of Racks (07/10/2014)

Technology: Plug and Play AV Racks (07/10/2014)


Letter from America: CEDIA EXPO 2014 in Review (07/10/2014)

Case Study: Niko Home Control for Coach House in Bristol, UK (07/10/2014)


Interview: Steve Simper, Alltrade (07/10/2014)


Sponsor: Alltrade

Alltrade’s not to be missed TV – A/V Technology Showcase Event will be on Thursday 30th October at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Alltrade Announces New Venue and Product Launches for its 2014 Trade Show (25/09/2014) - The Alltrade Trade Show is becoming a regular fixture in the Home AV and Technology diary and is free to attend for retailers and installers alike. Thursday 30th October, 2014 Epsom Downs Racecourse 11am – 6pm * 5% Discount …

Station Earth Wins Major CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards for Installation Featuring ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System (03/10/2014)

Paradigm Announces Next Generation Ultra-Slim On-Wall Millenia Speakers (03/10/2014)

CYP Ships PU-607BD HDBaseT Transmitters and Receivers (02/10/2014)

Crestron International Calls for Entries to its 2015 Integration Awards (02/10/2014)

Habitech Launches Sonance Architectural Series Discreet Opening System (02/10/2014)


AMX Announces New App to Make Developers Feel at Home (02/10/2014)

LILIN Releases Special Order Custom Finish Cameras (24/09/2014)

CEDIA EMEA Appoints Simon Buddle as New Education Director (23/09/2014)

IMP Offers Climate Control and Energy Monitoring Solutions by Vimar (17/09/2014)

NuVo’s New P300 Player Preamplifier Increases Installation Options for its Player Portfolio Streaming Music System (16/09/2014)

WyreStorm Launches its Enado Multi-Platform Control System at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (12/09/2014)

Datasat Incorporates Dolby Atmos Sound into its Home Cinema Audio Solutions (09/09/2014)


Sponsor: Core Brands

Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of eleven iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit.

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

ELAN Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (19/08/2014)

Core Brands Unveils The Latest From SpeakerCraft at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (26/08/2014)

Sunfire Resets the Standard for Subwoofers With the XTEQ (28/08/2014)

WyreStorm Shows Total AV Solutions Spanning Video, Audio and Control at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (04/09/2014)

Datasat Brings Immersive Sound Experience to CEDIA EXPO 2014 (09/09/2014)


Crestron Unveils Pyng – the App that is the Home Automation System (11/09/2014)

Core Brands Debuts New ELAN g1 High Performance, Affordably Priced Entertainment and Control System (12/09/2014)

Core Brands Delivers Two New ELAN g! System Controllers (12/09/2014)

ELAN Introduces UltraMatrix Multi-Zone Audio and HDMI Switchers (12/09/2014)

Panamax Introduces M4000-PRO to Protect and Manage Home Entertainment Systems (15/09/2014)

Panamax Simplifies System Protection and Remote Management with SM3-Pro (15/09/2014)


Sponsor: CEDIA

CEDIA’s Fundamentals of Residential Electronic System is essential for new and existing professionals working in the custom install market. Order your copy today!

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, Tru by FS Cables, Wyrestorm Technologies
Category sponsors: Cytech Technology
Associates: CEDIA, KNX Association, RDI, Clarity Alliance

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