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CEDIA Region 1 Celebrates Successful Conference (1/11/2012)
CEDIA has reported a very successful debut for the inaugural CEDIA Conference, 'The Future of Home Technology'.
More than 160 people attended the conference which was hosted by Sky technology journalist, Martin Stanford, and took place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October 2012 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London. Over the two days delegates heard presentations from a top quality line-up which included representatives from CISCO, OFCOM, Arup, Futuresource and the UK Government alongside a range of experts in the home technology arena.
“This first ever CEDIA Conference has proved a tremendous success,” says CEDIA Chair, Gary Lewis. “All the speakers provided delegates with useful food for thought on the future of home technology and the opportunities for CI businesses. They were by turns revealing, inspiring and provocative. I would like to thank everyone involved. “The Future of Home Technology” was an exceptional two days for CI businesses.”
Futurologist James Bellini began the event with a talk entitled, ‘Horizon 2020: Beam Me Up”, taking a visionary look at the technologies and lifestyle changes heading our way. Carl Hibbert from research organisation Futuresource, then helped explore the current trend in second screen viewing and the impact that connected services and OTT platforms will have in the years ahead. Paul Gray, Director of European TV Research at DisplaySearch, meanwhile, shifted the focus to screen makers and looked at manufacturing changes in the pipeline, asking the challenging question: “What Next for TV?”.
Dr Graham McCallister of Player Research took delegates on a different journey with an inspirational look at the lessons CI could learn from the video games industry where attention centres on the user experience. Jim Read from consulting firm, Arup, closed day one with a talk which looked at lessons from commercial buildings and how these could be applied to home technology in the future.
Day two opened with a session from Lord Inglewood, Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications which explained the Government’s strategy, thinking and likely way ahead on the roll-out of superfast broadband. CEDIA’s Dave Pedigo next challenged integrators to look to the future and embrace the intuitive home with his presentation, which fed into a talk from Duncan Maiden of Europe’s CISCO Academy examining the hugely significant role of IP in the integrated home.
Chris Adams from OFCOM followed with an explanation of 4G and how this new platform would co-exist with other services in the home. Finally, the conference ended on a positive note as Tom Kerber from research company, Parks Associates presented research findings commissioned by CEDIA on the future outlook for the custom installation sector (see separate release to follow).
Over the course of the two days, delegates were able to check out an array of new products and network with event sponsors in a special showcase area of the conference. Sponsors included Aldous Systems, Amina Technologies, Autonomic Controls, AWE, Control4, CYP, Genesis Technologies, Habitech, JVC, Kaleidescape, Luxul, Marata Vision, Opus Technologies, Power Ethernet, Rako Controls, and RTI.
Video content showing the presentations from the conference are available to view at the CEDIA education website, www.cediaeducation.com. They are free to delegates who attended the event whilst for those who did not attend the conference, they are priced at £14.99 (inc VAT) per session to CEDIA members and £19.99 (inc VAT) per session to non-members.
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