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CEDIA Names 2016 Awards Winners

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CEDIA AwardsCEDIA EMEA revealed the 19 winners of the 2016 Awards on 1 Friday 2016, during a ceremony held at the Guildhall, London attended by 400 home technology professionals.

The 2016 awards had the most entries to date-- 200 to be precise, coming from over 18 countries. Hosting the ceremony was British comedian Marcus Brigstoke, while the black-tie event consisted of a drinks reception followed by a 3-course dinner.

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Crestron Opens French Experience Centre

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Crestron expands its European presence with a first Experience Centre in France, specifically in Nanterre, Paris, the fifth such centre opened worldwide.

CrestroncentreThe company already has a UK Experience Centre in Cobham, as well as 3 US centres located in California, Texas and New Jersey. The centres showcase the latest Crestron technology in an immersive environments, allowing dealers to demonstrate company solutions to prospective customers.

Solutions on show include the DigitalMedia A/V distribution system, the IP-based .AV Framework, Pyng home automation technology, Fusion enterprise management software, the PinPoint indoor navigation system and a variety of touchscreens and handheld remotes.

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Quick Control4 Training With Smart Skills

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Control4 boosts its installer technical training resources with Smart Skills-- a set of short videos focusing on various aspects of the Control4 platform.

Control4The videos are around 3 minutes long and demonstrate how to master specific installation configurations, program unique scenes and perform singular tasks using the Control4 platform. While the videos are short, the company says they are designed to extend beyond basic certification courses.

Topics already covered by Smart Skills include how to automate a gas fireplace, integrate a ZigBee door lock, enable alerts to a customer's mobile device and do more advanced programming with custom variables.

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Shelly Palmer to Deliver CEDIA 2016 Opening Keynote

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Shelly Palmer will present the CEDIA 2016 Opening Keynote.

The strategic advisor to the C-Suite of leading technology firms, regular technology commentator for CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News, and one of LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices of Technology, Palmer will explore how the most effective home technology professionals are managing change and how all CEDIA 2016 attendees can position their businesses to successfully compete in a connected world.

"Shelly Palmer has extensive experience and insight into the technology sector making him a great fit to present our opening keynote and share a vision with CEDIA attendees about the best ways leverage new technologies to their benefit," said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO.

"As those who already have a deep understanding and love for technology, CEDIA professionals are poised for fantastic success over the next several years as the number of connected devices is set to surpass 50 billion by 2020," says Shelly Palmer. "The proliferation of the internet of things means that anything that can be connected will be connected, and that simple truth lends itself to many avenues for innovation that I look forward to discussing at CEDIA 2016."

Palmer is President & CEO at Palmer Group where he is a driver of market, technology and strategic direction, as well as acquisition strategies, for his clients. Palmer is also an award-winning composer, producer, writer and director, and is the patented inventor of the underlying technology for Enhanced Television used by programs such as ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and ESPN's Monday Night Football and response-based advertising systems.

And, by coincidence, Palmer is already one of our own ECI Guest Editorial writers.

CEDIA 2016 will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas from Sept. 13-17, show floor will be open from Sept. 15-17th. The Opening Keynote will take place on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the Forks Ballroom in the Convention Center.

Go Registration for CEDIA 2016 Opens June 8th

 

Nortek Buys a Voice With Nuiku

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Residential and commercial control and HVAC system supplier Nortek gets some voice control smarts as it acquires Nuiku, developer of a cloud-based natural language processing platform.

NuikuFinancial details of the deal are not available.

Founded in 2012, Nuiku offers an integration engine connecting voice commands with back-end user information to analyse commends and perform appropriate actions. The technology also adapts to user behaviour, and offers prompts, reminders and suggestions based on frequency of use and past requests.

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CEDIA Reveals 2016 Awards Shortlist

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GuildhallCEDIA releases the shortlist for the 2016 Awards before the nominees go through the final round of judging later next month. The industry also has a say, since voting for Best Trade Supplier, Best Innovative Product and Best Training Initiative By a Trade Supplier is open for both members and non-members.

“The standard of entries this year has been incredibly high and after receiving a record number of entries, our judges found it incredibly challenging to select the final shortlist,” the association says. “It is great to see such a large number of international projects, with a significant increase in applications from India and S. Africa. The entries have highlighted that our members are continuing to push themselves by embracing new technology and finding innovative and exciting ways to ensure they always deliver on the client’s brief.”

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CEDIA Offers Customised Profit Action Plan

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Installers with a CEDIA membership now have access to the Profit Action Plan-- a customised report outline how one's company compares to others of similar size, the industry median and the most profitable companies.

CEDIA Profit PlanGetting the Profit Action Plan involves filling a short questionnaire and the submission of balance sheets and income statements to the CEDIA confidential project vendor, Profit Planning Group. In turn, the output comes in the shape of a personalised 25-page report and a Profit Tool Kit, an online worksheet allowing professionals to easily test and plan improvements to increase profitability.

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