CEDIA 2011 Showcases the Homes of Tomorrow
The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), which targets the design and installation of electronic home systems, is making way for a number of new expo features for this year's show, set for September 7 through 10 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Home technologies are getting smarter and more integrated and for attendees, the show floor boasts a playground of innovative solutions at their fingertips. Check out these highlight briefs of what you can expect to see at the show:
The CEDIA 2011 Future Technology Pavilion is getting a new look. Open during tradeshow hours, the 2011 pavilion will simulate a future home environment with rooms focused on technologies for the kitchen, bath, bedroom, game room, office, living room and garage. Must-sees include a video wall, smart appliances, wireless power for cooking and charging and fully integrated home health and wellness products.
Don't miss the annual keynote breakfast on Friday, September 9. Free for attendees and located in the 500 Ballroom, Tim Costello, chairman and chief executive officer of Builder Homesite Inc., and New Home Technologies, both in Austin, Texas, will speak on the topic of what electronic systems contractors (ESCs) can learn about drivers of the current economy and how to capitalize on the changing home technologies market.
A new initiative, the "Old School versus New School" battle and panel discussion debate will feature a Twitter-based discourse between CEDIA members on the merits of both new and established business practices. Topics of discussion are slated to include control, financials, retrofit and marketing.
CEDIA Education Tool
Dealers and integrators can take advantage of the free Course Selection Tool to target the best classes for their needs at the show. Some 30 new courses were added to this year's roster, some of which include:
- ESCR029 Selling Design & Engineering Services
- ESD028 Smart Appliances-The Path to a Smart Grid Enabled Home
- ESD062 Network Remote Monitoring and Maintenance
- ESD065 Fundamentals of Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- ESPM001-T PM Skills for the Technician
- ESPM301 Principles of Project Management
- EST017 Now New Wires: Using New Retrofit Technologies to Increase Efficiency
Quarterly Video Launch
A series of videos on emerging trends from CEDIA'S Technology Advisory Group continue to be rolled out and are available for anyone to view on CEDIA Crosspoint. The videos, released quarterly, address multiple topics including connected TV, tablet computing and home health. CEDIA's next video, set to debut this month, will focus on cloud-based services and wireless technology and how these trends will impact the electronic systems industry and home security. Visit www.cediacrosspoint.com.
Fire/Life Safety News Briefs
AES Corp.'s, Peabody, Mass., UL 864/Edition 9-Listed AES-7794 IntelliPro Fire full data module installs in an AES Smart Subscriber transceiver to transmit full alarm zone data from an alarm panel to a central station over an AES-IntelliNet network.
Alertus Technologies, Beltsville, Md. and Gamewell FCI (by Honeywell) Northford, Conn., now integrate fire alarm and mass notification systems. Alertus' wall-mounted Alert Beacons, text-to-speech interface modules, digital signage and computer desktop alerts integrate seamlessly with Gamewell FCI's E3 Series of fire alarm and other Emergency Communications Systems (ECS).