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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

image Standards of what makes for excellent service shouldn’t vary from one industry to the next. An integrator's service should be equivalent to a hotel concierge. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 09/29 at 07:29 AM
News, Blogs, Business Resources, (2) Comments, Permalink

Thursday, September 17, 2015

image I propose changing the lexicon to eliminate the terms 'installer' and 'technician' from job classifications and help wanted ads if we want to attract top, young talent to the custom integration industry. 'Specialist,' 'network engineer,' 'tech specialist' and 'engineer' are more apropos job titles. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 09/17 at 10:33 AM
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Monday, September 14, 2015

image D-Tools founder Adam Stone stays involved, while CEDIA veteran Randy Stearns becomes CEO of the custom installation software company, just in time for CEDIA Expo 2015. ‘I’m not only a customer ….”View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/14 at 09:30 AM
Blogs, Product News, Business Resources, Events, CEDIA, (6) Comments, Permalink

Friday, August 21, 2015

image This 90-second video wrap-up from the just-concluded CE Pro Summit in Washington, D.C. offers a glimpse into the festivities where nearly 400 attendees discussed key topics for the custom installation industry. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 08/21 at 07:51 AM
News, Blogs, Videos, Events, CE Pro 100, Permalink

Friday, August 14, 2015

image Without industry-wide generally accepted rules and standards (not regulations) for installation, the custom electronics industry will always 'Get no respect.' We need traditional schooling, pricing standards and expected service levels. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 08/14 at 07:56 AM
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

image 3 disturbing conversations with leading manufacturers and a top custom installation company that still do not perceive how the industry must shift from an equipment markup business model to one based on providing valued services. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 08/12 at 11:01 AM
Blogs, Business Resources, Permalink

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

image While IT manufacturers and dealers encroach into the custom A/V industry, there are no successful examples of the A/V industry moving into IT. Eventually, both dealers and manufacturers will pay the price for not focusing on services. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 08/11 at 04:28 PM
Blogs, Business Resources, Home Automation and Control, Networking, Permalink

Friday, July 24, 2015

image Embedding home automation technologies into routers and settop boxes -- and creating a rich back-end -- could go a long way in helping service providers support their IoT customers. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 07/24 at 09:55 AM
News, Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, Permalink

Thursday, July 23, 2015

image The new fee structure to attend the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has begun. Integrators will now have to pay $100 to $300 to get in. The registration fee will increase to $300 on December 21 through the 2016 CES. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 07/23 at 01:31 PM
Blogs, Events, CES, Permalink

image Nest is presenting its first Webinar ever for the custom installation channel, covering its thermostat, camera and smoke detectors. What would you like to know? CE Pro's Julie Jacobson has some questions of her own.View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 07/23 at 10:51 AM
News, Blogs, Product News, Home Automation and Control, Energy Management, Permalink

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

image Home robots have the functionality to do everything from mob the floors to clean the gutters, but the next generation may become integration friendly thanks to location precision and UWB communications.View this story
Posted by CE Pro Editors on 07/22 at 09:53 AM
Blogs, Home Automation and Control, Permalink

Thursday, July 16, 2015

image Industry veteran Joe Perfito of Tributaries Cable goes on a fact-checking journey on how a "High Speed" 10.2Gbps HDMI cable can somehow now claim to send at a 18Gbps data rate for 4K video. New Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs will require at least 11Gbps data rate. Integrators are the last layer of protection for consumers. View this story
Posted by Joe Perfito on 07/16 at 09:30 AM
News, Blogs, Wire and Cable, HDMI, Permalink

Friday, July 10, 2015

image E-newsletters, e-flyers and email campaigns are still the most effective ways to reach your client base for upgrades and build customer loyalty. View this story
Posted by Jeannette Howe on 07/10 at 10:00 AM
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

image Canary offers a nice IoT security camera with no home automation capabilities. How do they keep raising so much money? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Friday, June 19, 2015

image Charmed Quark principal Dean Roddey presents the elements of a home automation protocol, the opportunities and pitfalls for any given approach, and the implications for the professional integration channel.View this story

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