Suppose a building could be "wellness certified" in the same way it might be LEED Certified? That's the concept behind Delos, and we speak to the CEO of that company, Paul Scialla. Scialla fills us in on what the potential here may be for the residential integrator.
Here are the URLs pertinent to the conversation:
We talk HVAC, climate control, and indoor air quality in smart homes with Jon Fischer, HVAC Automation Sales Manager for Aprilaire.
PLUS: Nominations fore the CEDIA Board of Directors are NOW OPEN. Omar Hikal of the Governance Committee gives us the deets. Find more info here.
"The lighting in Victoria's Secret is perfectly focused so that you'll spend $85 on a small piece of fabric." Matt Scott, OMEGA Audio Video
Something of a two-parter here: Matt Scott talks about serving on the CEDIA Board (and the importance of voting, nominating, and volunteering), and then dives into his experiences as an integrator with a focus on lighting design and making those projects look spectacular.
"Innovate or vegetate." -- Mario Leone (Electronic Solutions Company) quoting the founder of Rowan University
Mario Leone is a CEDIA volunteer who also works at Rowan University in New Jersey. One of the projects he worked on with the students? MemSat, a four-inch cube satellite launched in May as part of a NASA project. He talks about this and other projects that inform the knowledge he brings to his integration projects.
Find more info here.
Here's the class Mr. Leone will be teaching at CEDIA Expo 2018.
(Also, remember Heathkit? We do!)
CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck are joined by Ian Bryant (ZenArray) to talk about all the goodies that are going into CEDIA's new HQ and training facility in Fishers, Indiana.
ALSO: DO NOT forget to take the CEDIA Size and Scope survey!
It only takes a few minutes, the info helps us help YOU, and there's free stuff involved. Here's the link.
A lot of new technologies directly impact the CEDIA universe, and this podcast covers literally EVERYTHING the Tech Council has been mulling over in the last few months. It’s a free-wheeling discussion that covers topics ranging from AI to AR to the latest developments in the labs at Amazon and Boston Dynamics.
A ton of links are mentioned in this one (they all make sense after a listen):
The CEDIA Size and Scope Survey:
“What's Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a Global Useless Class”
"The Future of Jobs"
GoFundMe for Ella Whistler
Also, here’s the text of that DVR issue Walt mentioned: “An Argentinian security researcher names Ezequiel Fernandez has published a powerful new tool that can easily extract plain text credentials for various DVR brands and grant attackers access to those systems, and inherently the video feeds they're supposed to record. The tool named getDVR_credentials is proof of concept for CVE-2018-9995, a vulnerability discovered by Fernandez at the start of April.”
"We have a moral and ethical responsibility to deliver great music to people." -- Rich Green, Rich Green Design
As we move towards renting and streaming our music and combining that with files we own, how can one best manage all of this? What formats should we embrace and what’s going to handle the aspects switching between them? CEDIA's Ed Wenck and Walt Zerbe are joined by Green, Christiaan Beukes (Sphere Custom Design), and Wayne Hyde (CAVD).
This preview of CEDIA Expo 2018 includes education previews from CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, a dive into an "Architectural Cinema" class taught by John Bishop, a look at the additions Emerald Expositions is bringing to the table with Brain Pagel, and a rundown of content provided by CE Pro with Jason Knott.
Register here for CEDIA Expo 2018.
Day Two of the CEDIA 2018 Business Xchange included incredible epiphanies -- we uncover the “human-centric” products and processes with John Buchanan (Meridian), Nick Berry (Origin Acoustics), Ryan Thompson (Portal).
This recap of the 2018 Business Xchange takes the emerging trends developed by the Tech Council -- and asks groups of integrators and manufacturers (including Lutron, Sonos and Dish) which trends are most important, most likely to have impact, and how to address those trends with concrete action plans.
“5G will help the arrival of self-driving cars – and it’ll be part of the answer as to how we help people age economically, comfortably, and in place.” – Brian Markwalter, Senior Vice President, Research and Standards, Consumer Technology Association
Brian Markwalter speaks with CEDIA’s Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck about the development and deployment of 5G.
“NAB” stands for the National Association of Broadcasters — and “The NAB Show” is an annual event that now showcases everything and everyone creating and distributing content. Michael Heiss (M. Heiss Consulting) attends each year, and 2018 was no different.
Sam Woodward from Lutron, Peter Aylett from Archimedia, and Iain Shaw of Brilliant Lighting join the CEDIA podcast crew to parse the difference between lighting design and lighting control design — and reveal a ton of new info in the offing.
“No matter what size the firm, no matter what you do in that business, micromanagement leads to turnover.” – Courtney Berg, CourtSide Consulting
Our guest for this podcast, Courtney Berg, has been consulting small businesses on HR issues for years, and she’s volunteered as an instructor at numerous CEDIA Expos. She’s hosting three small-business HR webinars for CEDIA this year: The first, titled “Employees 101, The Employee Life Cycle,” was presented on April 5, 2018.
The next webinar, called “5 Keys to Teamwork and Trust,” will be presented May 3. On June 7, Berg tackles “Discipline to Termination – 5 Steps to Doing it Right.”
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"Once you get that it's not about you, it's about somebody else, and how to enhance THEIR lives, then you can apply the process to anything: Your relationship with your customers, your sales staff, your installation staff, your marketing staff." -- Rich Green, Rich Green Design
Rich Green and Peter Aylett tell us about the incredibly broad applications of Design Thinking, and preview how they and Stanford Professor Michael Shanks will present the concept at the next CEDIA Business Xchange. (There's also a coupon code in this cast that'll save you $100.)
Register for the event at cedia.net/business-xchange.
“Going back over the past 14 years, and you’d be hard-pressed to find much in the way of LED. Now it’s dominant; it’s everywhere.” – Sam Woodward
Mitchell Klein (Z-Wave Alliance), Rich Green (Rich Green Design), and Gordon van Zuiden (cyberManor) were all at this year’s TecHomeX event — as presenters. What did they learn from the design and build pros in attendance? What new ideas did they encounter? Give a listen.
“TecHomeX unites residential design/build and tech integration/contracting companies in the nation’s most lucrative regional markets to catalyze powerful sell-through of home technology.” —techomex.com
"Are we inducing 'gadget fatigue' amongst our clients?" -- Michael Heiss, M Heiss Consulting
From big-picture cultural questions to the latest video tech (HDR, 8K), it was all covered at the HPA Tech Retreat (and no, the "end of projection" is not upon us). Here's an overview.
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“Cloud computing can have latency … when you’re local you don’t have access to a lot of devices and processing … and fog is that in-between.” -Alex Capecelatro
Cloud, mist, fog — nope, this isn’t about the weather, it’s about these terms as they apply to computing. Alex Capecelatro (Josh.ai) and Mike Maniscalco join CEDIA’s Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck to discuss the concepts. Plus, CEDIA’s David Meyer calls in from Down Under to clue us in on the White Papers on HDMI he’s just finished for our members.
“Go listen to live music. I think it will really help you when you’re installing and calibrating your systems.” – Geoff Meads
CEDIA companies seem to include a pretty high percentage of people who’ve been involved in music and/or live sound. How does this inform one’s career as an integrator? What perspectives do those experiences bring to the gig? Our guests include accomplished guitarist/recording engineer and ESPA Executive Director Jeff Gardner, and Geoff Meads, who’s a singer/songwriter/gigging guitarist and web developer (Presto AV) who’s extremely active in the CEDIA universe. (NOTE: We want to hear from YOU about this one, so please take our super-quick survey HERE.)
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Simply put, blockchain technology is going to be a major disruptor -- but the possibilities for its use in the home tech universe are incredible. Our guest this week is at the leading edge of this development: John Fitch from Animal Ventures.
"We have a connected toothbrush that tells you how long you've been brushing your teeth. To quote one of our comedians here in the UK: 'I know! I was there!'" -- David Mudd, BSI Group
David Mudd of the BSI Group joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Ed Wenck and Walt Zerbe to speak on the Internet of Things -- namely, the risks and rewards of the IoT.
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“What do I look for in an integrator? I look for people that will take care of my client, that will communicate well, that will understand we’re all working toward the same goal and none of us is the most important person at the table.” – Christopher Wright, WrightWorks LLC (building and remodeling)
In this episode, we chat with builder/remodeler Christopher Wright and designer Adam Gibson (a kitchen/bath specialist) about working with integrators – and the importance of technology to their clients.
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The roundtable from Integrated Systems Europe speaks on the importance of experience over equipment, and the aesthetics of control interfaces — especially “retro” ones. (“Did you know the global market for candle wax was 8.5 billion dollars last year?” – Sam Woodward)
CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Dave Pedigo are joined by Sam Woodward (Lutron), Peter Aylett (Archimedia), Ken Erdmann (Erdmann Electric) Michael Heiss (M Heiss Consulting), and Rich Green (Rich Green Design).
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