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The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo, targeting the residential electronic systems industry, is making its way to the south, slated for September 22 to 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For attendees it's all about technology, with new educational tracks and solutions designed for the custom solution installer.

The launch of CEDIA's Networking and IP Education track is designed to help electronic system designers and technicians keep up with the fast-paced and ever-developing areas of integration and convergence in the security industry. Courses include EST233 Networking for Technicians; EST243 IP for Technicians; EST253 Wireless Network Technologies; EST350 Networking and IP Workshops for Integrators; EST333 Advanced Networking; and ESD341 Designing Ethernet Networks.

New courses for this year's CEDIA Expo from The Electronic Systems Business College (ESB) include ESB078 Building a Workforce-Employee Development; and ESB095 A Simple Guide to Turning a Profit as an Electronics Systems Contractor.

Also new this year from The Electronics System Designer College (ESD) is workshop ESD025, The Best Seat in the House-The Production (and Reproduction) of Sporting Event Surround Sound.

A host of other inaugural courses are offered this year especially for security professionals, from home design workshop to learning about video display technologies. Here are some selected highlights:

EST243 IP for Technicians

The purpose of this hands-on course is to provide a foundation for understanding Internet Protocol (IP). It is appropriate for both beginners and individuals looking to formalize and increase their IP networking knowledge base. Details are available at

EST225 Audio Technologies for Technicians

This course is designed to educate participants on current audio technologies and formats. It will explain how audio signals are created and reproduced including analog and digital formats and surround sound technologies. Details are available at

EST200 Electronic Systems Technician Workshop

This full-day workshop is for electronic systems technicians with 18 to 24 months experience. The goal of the course is to broaden knowledge and help prepare the participant for real-world job challenges in areas such as home theater layout and installation, system verification and professional behavior. Details are available at

Test your skills in a race against the clock

Free to all attendees and sponsored by ADI is the CEDIA University Learning Lab EST Skill Challenge. It gives those who dare an opportunity to measure their skills in a variety of events designed to prove you have the ability to do quality work-quickly! Daily prizes will be given for the best times in each event. Head over to Building B Outside rooms 208 to 211 to compete.

Technology pavilion debut!

Also new for 2010 - CEDIA's Technology Council is unveiling the Future Technology Pavilion, which will highlight energy management monitoring systems as part of a broader look at emerging trends in home technology.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from four future technology panel discussions:

- HDMI Hot Seat: HDMI Integration Issues
- The Future of Entertainment: Cloud Computing/Over the Top (OTT)
- The Future of Residential Communications
- Digital Home Health

Made for Resellers

Arecont Vision launched a new Reseller Partner Program designed for systems integration reseller partners to grow their business by leveraging Arecont Vision's leadership position in the megapixel IP camera market. Available to companies with direct accounts or purchasing from Arecont Vision's authorized distribution partners and to those that offer Arecont Vision Solutions, tier one support and demonstration equipment, it provides tools designed to provide important business advantages such as the Channel Partner Certification Program, Monthly Newsletters, Project Registration, Preferred Leads and Expedited Support. Key features include: a dedicated partner portal access; an advanced replacement program; system and network design tools; strategic account manager support; and more.