Yesterday 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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Our 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