Page 1

ISSUE 23 | SUMMER 2012

COMMUNICATES Yo u r i n d u s t r y, y o u r v o i c e … n e w s f r o m t h e C u s t o m E l e c t r o n i c D e s i g n & I n s t a l l a t i o n A s s o c i a t i o n

NEW MARKET RESEARCH PROJECT A recent study of more than 4000 consumers in the USA, UK, France and Germany, has found that 75% of connected TV owners are using their TV to connect to the internet, with connection rates highest in France - at 71% - and lowest in the UK, at 56%. This is just one of the findings contained within the Futuresource ‘Living with Digital’ report which impacts on the CI marketplace. The rapid expansion of internet connectivity has radically changed the way that consumers live their lives, carrying out interactions and functions on the move that were previously confined to the home or office. Watching TV and movies and playing games on the move have all become commonplace, while online shopping, web surfing and social networking

have become significantly more popular as the range and ownership of connected devices has expanded. The survey also shows that the most popular uses for connected TVs are watching catch-up TV and YouTube videos and streaming films via online channels including Lovefilm and Netflix. Though at 40%, 24% and 23% respectively, social networking sites, streaming music and personal media libraries are found to be used frequently. CEDIA recognises the value of such well-grounded and detailed market research in helping its members understand the future landscape of residential custom installation. We have recently appointed international market research company, Parks Associates, to conduct significant and unique industry research in key territories within the UK, Europe and Africa.

continued on page 2


p4-5 >>>>

p6 >>>>

p7 >>>>





for the Future of Home Technology

gadget gal presents Awards

with Darren Bown

Cinema Design Workshop


C O M M U N I C AT E S Yo u r i n d u s t r y, y o u r v o i c e … n e w s f r o m C E D I A

NEW MARKET RESEARCH PROJECT continued from front page This extensive research project will comprise two defined parts. Commencing in July 2012, Parks Associates will carry out primary research into the U.K., which is the single biggest CI market in the region. This will involve an industry-wide survey to establish the size and scope of the sector highlighting areas of growth and opportunities. Results will be made available in October 2012. CEDIA has also engaged Parks Associates to undertake a secondary research project which will map the scale of residential custom installation in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Africa, countries where CEDIA membership is expanding.

“This research will help ensure our members, prospective members and industry professionals can assess the business opportunity in CI and stay in touch with the market’s expansion in these key territories,” says Wendy Griffiths, Executive Director of CEDIA Region 1. “This is the first time an industry research project has taken place on this scale in our region and the results we gain will add value for our members, helping to shape their own growth going forward.”

explore… “THE FUTURE OF HOME TECHNOLOGY” CEDIA is pleased to announce the launch of a high level conference entitled “The Future of Home Technology”, which will take place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October 2012.

“The home technology landscape is changing rapidly,” says CEDIA Chair, Gary Lewis. “In this shifting marketplace, it’s important that companies involved in the residential custom installation industry are aware of the business threats and opportunities, and are sufficiently wellinformed so that they can steer their businesses successfully in the years ahead. We will be welcoming very special, high profile experts from across the technology world to share their insights with the conference audience.” “The Future of Home Technology” will feature keynote sessions from respected leaders in the technology world, alongside sessions from global CI specialists and educators. As part of the conference programme, CEDIA will be announcing the results of its industry-wide research. In addition,

DIARY DATES delegates will er Tues 23rd Octob er have the chance Weds 24th Octob to see products from the event’s sponsors on display in a special showcase section of the conference. More details on confirmed speakers and how to book your tickets will be revealed shortly. For full details of sponsorship packages, please contact the CEDIA office via email or call +44 (0) 1480 213744. Located in the heart of the City of London, near Old Street station, the Inmarsat Conference Centre is a unique conference venue with a contemporary feel, offering outstanding facilities for delegates.

For more information on the event, please visit For further details on the venue, visit

w w w. c e d i a . c o . u k

TAKING CEDIA EDUCATION TO SOUTH AFRICA CEDIA’s latest one week event for the South African residential custom installation sector which took place from 23rd – 27th July 2012 at the Helderfontein Conference Centre, Johannesburg, has again proved an outstanding success. Over 190 courses were taken during the week-long programme designed to help educate and inform the sector featuring 15 technical training courses across both installer and designer tracks. Legendary U.S. AV system designer and CEDIA member, Rich Green, was one of the star speakers during the week accompanied by Geoff Meads, the highly respected UK marketer and technical trainer with over twenty years’ experience

in the Home Technology sector. Major manufacturers and distributors, including Artcoustic, AV Specialists, Elan Systems SA, HFX Systems, iLED, Opus, Peripheral Vision and Radionic also hosted product displays and focused education sessions throughout the week. On the evening of Tuesday 24th July, all guests were able to attend a special “Connect with CEDIA” event which

The event was spearheaded by presenters Geoff Meads and Rich Green

introduced new, prospective and existing members to the Association and the benefits of membership whilst providing a forum for ideas, debate and networking. Later in the week, on Thursday 26th July, CEDIA hosted a VIP event for CEDIA members, media, architects and interior designers. Media partners for the event included, HiddenWires, rAVe and Audio Video Magazine.

The 2012 event was held at the prestigious Helderfontein Conference Centre

CEDIA LAUNCHED AUTOMATED HOME AT GRAND DESIGNS LIVE Working with CEDIA, Grand Designs Live 2012 showcased cutting edge technology in its Automated Home at this year’s show which took place from 5-13 May at ExCeL London. CEDIA members, Brilliant Living, Halstead Technology, Perfect Integration and RJR Custom Installations were responsible for the design and installation of technology in the bathroom and living room areas of the home. CEDIA Trade Supplier members Artcoustic, Control 4, Crestron, Future Automation, Kaleidescape, Lutron, Rako and Samsung

also supported the feature which was one of the show’s highlights, showing and informing visitors about how they can save time and money in their day-to-day chores and tasks in the home. The area

was extremely well attended by show visitors. The Automated Home provided a contemporary blend of ideas, designs and innovations for every room in the home. It included a robot that cleans your floor, a shower you can take lying down, a lounge immersed in water, glass which acts as a heating system and a TV which can be customised according to living room décor. This feature will also be part of the Birmingham event taking place from 12-14 October at the NEC.



C O M M U N I C AT E S Yo u r i n d u s t r y, y o u r v o i c e … n e w s f r o m C E D I A


CEDIA AWARD WINNERS ARE… 2012 CEDIA Awards were announced by super-glam TV star, Pollyanna Woodward, from Channel 5’s The Gadget Show at a sold-out, medieval event attended by more than 250 industry professionals and media in the fittingly regal setting of the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace.



In a record-breaking year for entries, which saw over 100 projects from more than ten countries battling out for the top prizes, this year’s Award winners included a series of remarkable installations across all Media Room, Home Cinema, Integrated Home, Marine and Property Developer categories. These stunning projects represent the crème de la crème of smart home installations from across CEDIA Region 1 which covers the UK and Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. In Media Rooms the winners were Londonbased Olive AV for delivering an

impressively modern twist on an 18th century period property renovation and Spanish installer, Smart Business for a stunning and multi-functional media room paradise, appropriately entitled All-in-One. South African companies scooped two of the three Home Cinema categories. Cinema Architects took the plaudits and the big prize in the Best Home Cinema under £40,000 category for an authentic Hollywood-style South African movie theatre whilst HFX Systems created a cinema that, according to the judges, showed “how it should be done”, for its


Hampton Court Palace was this year’s spectacular venue

w w w. c e d i a . c o . u k / a w a rd s

Pollyanna Woodward, from Channel 5’s The Gadget Show

House Strydom project. The judges awarded UK-based Smartcomm top prize for a futuristic home cinema in the Over £100,000 Home Cinema category.

Never. And, London’s SMC emerged victorious with the Grosvenor Crescent project in the Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer section.

T&T Automation secured the number one position in the Best Integrated Home under £30,000 and over £250,000 categories for their impressive and imaginative solutions in two contrasting London properties. Meanwhile, Perfect Integration delivered “an excellent job of making integration virtually invisible” with its Great Barn project in the Best Integrated Home £30,000-£100,000 section. Grahams Hi-Fi completed a clean sweep in this section for UK dealers with their Regency project in the £100,000-250,000 price band.

It’s Done Technology hit the right note for technical excellence in this year’s Awards, winning first place in the Best Dressed Rack category. The company’s Wojtek Zajac was singled out for special recognition, receiving the Technician of the Year accolade as an installer who consistently produces work to the highest standard. Grahams Hi-Fi struck gold in the Best Innovative Solution for their “clever and challenging” Aces High Media Wall.

Bournemouth’s Dawsons took the honours in the Best Marine category for “a technically flawless installation which integrates seamlessly with stunning interior design” aboard MY Never Say

CEDIA Awards were also presented in two trade supplier categories. Best Trade Supplier, adjudged by CEDIA members, was awarded to Crestron and winner of Best Training Initiative by a Trade Supplier went to AWE for its Philips Dynalite programme. Finally, journalist Emily Peck

CEDIA AWARDS 2012: JUDGING PANEL Michael Holmes TV property expert and editor-in-chief, Homebuilding & Renovating Steve May freelance technology journalist and former editor-in-chief, Home Cinema Choice Jonathan Margolis technology reporter for the FT How to Spend It Clare Newsome freelance journalist and former editor-inchief, What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision Luke Tozer Director of Manser Medal award-winning firm, Pitman Tozer Architects Diana Yakeley President of the British Institute of Interior Design

Networking in the Great Hall

scoped this year’s Best Technology Feature in a Homes / Interiors publication for her Home Technology article in the January issue of Essential Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom. This year’s CEDIA Awards were held thanks to the support from Platinum Sponsors, AWE Europe, Loewe and Panasonic; Gold Sponsors AMX, Crestron and Kaleidescape and Silver Sponsors CP Sport, ISE, Rako Controls and Wildwood Public Relations. The full list of winners, highly commended entries and finalists in the CEDIA Awards 2012 can be found on the website This year’s scheme has also seen the introduction of a stunning 88 page Awards Yearbook presenting all the entries and detailing their work. To request a copy email



C O M M U N I C AT E S Yo u r i n d u s t r y, y o u r v o i c e … n e w s f r o m C E D I A

60 seconds with…

Darren Bown Who are you?

What’s your favourite project and why?

Darren Bown

Sunseeker 40M Yacht – ‘Tanvas’. Our first Vimar automation project in the UK, which to this day is still going strong all over the world. I spent many a sleepness night wondering about the problems we would encounter but all went off perfectly!

What’s your company and where is it based? IMP, Based in Royston Hertfordshire How did you get into the industry? We got into the industry through our supplier Vimar SpA, who is an Italian manufacturer of decorative wiring devices and automation systems. We wanted to be involved and support the UK CI community. What’s your favourite film? Goodfellas. It has some fantastic characters and actors with a great storyline. It reminds me of my youth, watching the film with friends. What’s your favourite album? Definitely Maybe by Oasis. Defined my youth and teenage years.

Which custom installation technology do you consider the most important today and why? Clearly the introduction of mobile devices and cloud based services. The possibilities and technologies here are moving so quickly that who knows where it will end! The thought of controlling my lighting from my phone only a few years ago for example was either an impossible dream or for the super rich! How long have you been a CEDIA member? 18 months.

What do your consider your biggest achievement as a CEDIA member? Gaining CEU accreditation for our Vimar ‘By-me’ Training Course. Rewarding our installers for attending our course in order to develop their knowledge base and market to their clients. A ‘Win Win’ for everyone. What would it mean for you to win a CEDIA Award? Winning a CEDIA award for me would mean recognition and respect among my peers of the quality and professionalism IMP offer. What’s the biggest issue for custom installation businesses today and how can they deal with it?

The only way to deal with keeping abreast of the latest technologies is to keep your ear to the ground and network with like minded individuals

I would suggest keeping abreast of the latest technologies and products and future proofing projects as much as possible. The only way to deal with this is to keep your ear to the ground and network with other like minded individuals. If there was one thing you could change in the industry what would it be? I would like to see more interaction with the general public and remove the perception that automation is for the elite. If you weren’t in the custom installation sector, what would you like to be doing and why? Sailing around the world in an Oyster Sailing Yacht with my family, visiting all the far flung remote destinations around the world. Being able to escape civilisation, turn the phone off, relax and enjoy my family.

w w w. c e d i a . c o . u k

AWARD-WINNING CINEMA DESIGN The home cinema categories in the CEDIA Awards are highly contested. If you want to produce winning systems, CEDIA has the ideal course for you – its Home Cinema Design Course! The workshop is aimed specifically at those already installing simple home cinema systems but looking to take their design and sales skills to the next level. The course will provide a true understanding of how to apply engineering principles and CEDIA recommended practices to the design of home cinemas. The two day course, which will be presented by highly respected trainer Geoff Meads, introduces engineering and technical design to help CEDIA installers design cinemas using objective design principles and educate on how recommended practices and industry standards can be applied to practical cinema design. Attendees can explore specifying correct screen sizes, seating distances, projector brightness and calibration, types of speakers and amps, speaker volume, location and room acoustics. All members of the course will receive a free copy of both CEDIA Home Cinema Video and Audio Recommended Practice Documents.

CEDIA’s next Home Cinema Design Workshop taking place in the UK is on 4th September 2012 at CEDIAs HQ in St. Neots. The cost of the course for members is £443.46 and £591.66 for non-members (inclusive of VAT) and includes all day time meals and refreshments, one night's accommodation and an early bird discount of 5%. (The early bird discount is available for bookings made 14 days or more before the course.)

To book a place on the event, please visit or email

NEW CEDIA LOGO The CEDIA logo has recently been standardised for use by all members not just across Region 1 but across the globe. “As part of CEDIA’s global realignment strategy, we have standardised the CEDIA logo for members to use worldwide,” says CEDIA’s Operations Director, Matt Nimmons. “For many members who

operate across international boundaries, this standardisation brings greater clarity and it will also help in raising the brand profile for CEDIA on a global scale.” The new logo includes the trademark

CEDIA badge accompanied by the acronym descriptor, Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. CEDIA will shortly be sending this logo to all members with logo usage guidelines in the next few weeks.


C O M M U N I C AT E S Yo u r i n d u s t r y, y o u r v o i c e … n e w s f r o m C E D I A

Connect with CEDIA in 2012 2012 witnessed a second year of success in our ‘Connect with CEDIA’ events across Europe. It is extremely crucial to bring the industry together throughout Europe, so CEDIA has expanded its existing route for 2012 and we’ve received a great response with new, prospective and existing members. So far this year we have held successful Connect events in Paris, Antwerp, Madrid and Milan with impressive attendance figures of over 150. In the UK, we have held events in Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and Edinburgh with 60 plus attendees. With over 200 attendees across our Connect events held so far is a great achievement. The Connect events are relaxed affair and part of CEDIA's commitment to broaden access to members and improve the flow of communication. It will also be a great opportunity to network with your peers. Our upcoming 2012 dates are as follows:

23 August | MANCHESTER 21 September | LONDON



An Evening with Rich Green London 1 August Technical School & EST2 Exam CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 6 – 10 August Home Cinema Design Workshop CEDIA HQ, St. Neots, 4 September Intro to CI CEDIA HQ, St. Neots, 6 September RIBA Roadshow London 6 September CEDIA US Expo Indianapolis, USA 5 – 8 September Wired for Technology CEDIA HQ, St. Neots, 10 September Fibre-Optic Technology Workshop CEDIA HQ, St. Neots, 11 September Health & Safety CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 12 September CEDIA Technician Boot Camp CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 12 – 14 September CEDIA Certified Outreach Instructor CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 18 September

25 October | DUBLIN If you would like to attend any of these events please visit

100% design Earls Court, London 19 – 22 September Technical School & EST2 Exam CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 24 – 28 September

Welcome to CEDIA!

The National Home Improvement Show Olympia, London 28 – 30 September

New members joining CEDIA include:

Salon Hi Fi Home Cinema Paris, France 29 – 30 September

Inteli Spol

Czech Republic


RJR Custom Installations


ESP Provisional

GRS Electrical


ESP Provisional

Basalte Bvba iRidium JS JS Designs Plc


Trade Manufacturer


Trade Manufacturer


Trade Manufacturer

AMX France


Trade Manufacturer



Trade Manufacturer

Cabasse SA


Trade Manufacturer



Trade Manufacturer


Trade Manufacturer

Hi Fi Forum



KMB Digital

South Africa


Intello Home

South Africa


AV Technology

South Africa


Lutron LDV Srl

Networking Theory & Practice Birmingham 9 – 11 October Intro to CAD CEDIA HQ, St. Neots 10 October Grand Designs Live NEC, Birmingham 12 – 14 October CEDIA Conference London 23 – 24 October

CONTACT: Matt Nimmons, Operations Director, CEDIA Region 1, Unit 2, Phoenix Park, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 8EP, UK T: +44 (0)1480 213744 F: +44 (0)1480 213469 E: W:



Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you