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Study Finds 30M Households Will Add Smart Home Tech in Next 12 Months

Study Finds 30M Households Will Add Smart Home Tech in Next 12 Months

Connected cameras, video doorbells and lights are highest on consumers' priority lists for the next 12 months. Smart security and convenience are the…

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Video Weekly News: Legrand’s Acquisition of Luxul Is Latest in Wave of Industry Consolidation

The news that Legrand acquired IP networking company Luxul Wireless comes only two months after the news that Control4…

CE Pro People & Places: CTA Names Industry Leaders to the 2016 CT Hall of Fame

CE Pro People & Places: CTA Names Industry Leaders to the 2016 CT Hall of Fame

April 28, 2016 The latest in hirings and other notable movement within the custom electronics industry. Check back daily for updated news.

Vivint Smart Home Gets $100M Investment

Vivint Smart Home Gets $100M Investment

April 27, 2016 Peter Thiel, noted early Facebook investor, founder of PayPal and large shareholder of Airbnb, leads $100 million capital investment from Solarmere Capital Co. into Vivint Smart Home. Money will be used to continue to fuel Vivint's home automation growth.

As Video Streaming Gains Popularity, Are People Really Cutting the (Cable) Cord?

As Video Streaming Gains Popularity, Are People Really Cutting the (Cable) Cord?

April 27, 2016 Despite the perceived popularity of cord cutting, a newly announced study from CR says that TV subscribers are actually combining streaming with subscription cable and satellite services.

Research: Consumers Will Share Personal Data for Money

Research: Consumers Will Share Personal Data for Money

April 26, 2016 About 70% of consumers agree companies should give coupons and discounts to customers in return for data about device usage, according to a global survey of consumers sponsored by Intel Security.

Study Finds 30M Households Will Add Smart Home Tech in Next 12 Months

Study Finds 30M Households Will Add Smart Home Tech in Next 12 Months

April 25, 2016 Connected cameras, video doorbells and lights are highest on consumers' priority lists for the next 12 months.


Video Weekly News: Legrand’s Acquisition of Luxul Is Latest in Wave of Industry Consolidation

April 21, 2016 The news that Legrand acquired IP networking company Luxul Wireless comes only two months after the news that Control4 acquired Luxul competitor Pakedge Device & Software. What does this manufacturer consolidation mean for custom integrators?

7 Unique Ideas to Boost Business, Improve Efficiency

7 Unique Ideas to Boost Business, Improve Efficiency

April 20, 2016 Azione Unlimited members share business ideas like hosting a top chef at your showroom for an evening to paying employees an additional 50 cents per hour to quit smoking.

Advice from a Tech-Savvy Homebuilder: 10 Ways to Improve Integrator Websites

Advice from a Tech-Savvy Homebuilder: 10 Ways to Improve Integrator Websites

April 19, 2016 Improved photo galleries, adding sound or voiceover to all your videos, creating interactive tools for customers and allowing clients to 'personalize' a project or image are just some tips to transform your boring website.

‘Recession Is Coming’ Azione Members Told

‘Recession Is Coming’ Azione Members Told

April 19, 2016 Azione Unlimited members get sobering message about U.S. economy from demographics expert who says recession is on the horizon. Buying group keeps its momentum with new initiatives.

Southeast Rep Firm Aim High Audio Sold to PSG

Southeast Rep Firm Aim High Audio Sold to PSG

April 12, 2016 Manufacturers rep firm Aim High Audio Sales has been sold to Precision Sales Group.

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Legal: The End of Over-Inflated MSRP and List Prices?

Legal: The End of Over-Inflated MSRP and List Prices?

March 09, 2016 Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock.com and other retailers face legal action over inflated MSRPs, which may constitute deceptive trade practices. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Barco Introduces F90 Series for Commercial Applications

Barco Introduces F90 Series for Commercial Applications

February 09, 2016 Using a laser phosphor light source, the UXGA F90-W13 and the 4K UHD F90-4K13 are designed for commercial applications, including the pro A/V and events categories.

Power Management Provider SurgeX Acquired by Ametek for $130M

Power Management Provider SurgeX Acquired by Ametek for $130M

February 05, 2016 ESP/SurgeX, the No. 5 power-protection brand among CE Pro 100 dealers, is acquired by $4 billion electronics manufacturer.

From Best Buy to VIA: How AudioVisions JV with D-Tools Went Down

From Best Buy to VIA: How AudioVisions JV with D-Tools Went Down

January 28, 2016 CE Pro 100 integrator AudioVisions took on 13 employees from VIA International after its demise, hastening the need for an end-to-end cloud-based software solution to run the larger company. A joint venture with D-Tools was born and new software created for design/engineering, proposals, job costing, inventory control, labor tracking and more.

Leading Security, Home Automation Analysts Cover ADT, Bosch, Control4, More at CES 2016

Leading Security, Home Automation Analysts Cover ADT, Bosch, Control4, More at CES 2016

January 15, 2016 Leading security and home automation research and investment firm Imperial Capital highlights IoT products, trends and companies at CES 2016.

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

December 29, 2015 Flextronics picks up Wink, Legrand invests in Netatmo, Alarm.com goes public, Sears acquires WallyHome, Nortek acquires Numera ... and other IoT and A/V mergers, acquisitions and equity events of 2015.

Control4 Offers Smart-Home Financing through Home Tech Integrators

Control4 Offers Smart-Home Financing through Home Tech Integrators

December 23, 2015 Home automation leader Control4 has teamed with GreenSky to provide consumer financing for smart-home products and installation, including Control4’s own products and services, as well as third-party solutions.

Top Integrators Launch HAUS, a Franchise-Like Program for Mainstream Home Automation

Top Integrators Launch HAUS, a Franchise-Like Program for Mainstream Home Automation

December 08, 2015 Founders of the high-end integration firm Xssentials are launching HAUS, a smart-home training and support program to help integrators run high-volume security and home automation businesses utilizing leading brands such as Savant and Sonos.

Slateplan Offers Free Version, New Features for System Estimation Software for Integrators

Slateplan Offers Free Version, New Features for System Estimation Software for Integrators

November 19, 2015 Integrators can enjoy a minimalist version of Slateplan’s floorplan-based design and estimation software for free. Coming soon: International versions.

Sympl is Now Slateplan

Sympl is Now Slateplan

October 05, 2015 CEDIA Expo 2015: Sympl, the new integrator-run company that makes project estimate and sales software, has changed its name to Slateplan.

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Stop Spare Change from Falling Through Holes in Your Company’s Processes

Stop Spare Change from Falling Through Holes in Your Company’s Processes

Advertorial · March 31, 2016 Professional Services Automation can make sure billable time doesn’t slip through the cracks and dramatically impact cash flow.

Using Managed Services as the Remedy for Legacy Clients

Using Managed Services as the Remedy for Legacy Clients

Advertorial · March 16, 2016 Four easy steps to transitioning your clients -- the good and the bad -- to your new managed services business model.

Do Your Customers Really Know What You’re Selling?

Do Your Customers Really Know What You’re Selling?

Advertorial · March 08, 2016 Try a new approach to highlighting your value proposition and selling the value of your company as a whole, not just a specific product or service.

Make the Move to Managed Services—But Don’t Rush It

Make the Move to Managed Services—But Don’t Rush It

Advertorial · February 12, 2016 4 things to consider as you sprinkle in recurring revenue to what you do.

Who Are Your Target Customers?

Who Are Your Target Customers?

February 02, 2016 CE Pro consumer survey reveals ideal (and very surprising) demographic information for those who want professional vs. DIY installation — home size, home value, income level, gender and age. The study also reveals the most-desired types of equipment.

The Ultimate Guide to As-a-Service

The Ultimate Guide to As-a-Service

January 29, 2016 Tips, advice, and long-term solutions on how to transition your business to an as-a-service model, and why it’s beneficial to do so.

CE Pro 2016 State of the Industry: Home Technology Integrators See Measured Growth

CE Pro 2016 State of the Industry: Home Technology Integrators See Measured Growth

January 21, 2016 For 2015, integrators report solid 9.1% revenue growth, with a strong increase in the number of projects and revenue per job.

4 Ways to Increase Income & Cut Expenses While Investing in Your Business

4 Ways to Increase Income & Cut Expenses While Investing in Your Business

Advertorial · Creative tips to help you manage your cash flow as you make the shift to a managed services business model.

CE Pro Brand Analysis 2015

CE Pro Brand Analysis 2015

May 25, 2015 Based on numbers from the annual 2015 CE Pro Brand Analysis, culled from responses to the CE Pro 100 entry form gauging the industry’s highest-revenue integrators, it could be argued that today’s most popular trifecta among dealers would include Sony, SnapAV and Control4.

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Bedrock Learning, Inc.

Bedrock Learning, Inc.
Understanding the industry and having technical skills increases sales, improves productivity, lowers costs and builds the bottom line. That’s why companies rely on Bedrock Learning for training and materials that produce...
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Christie

Christie
Christie Digital is a global visual, audio and collaboration solutions company offering diverse solutions for business, entertainment and industry.Going to CEDIA? Reserve a seat in the Christie Digital theater presentation or...
www.christiedigital.com
Coleman Cable Inc.

Coleman Cable
CCI is a leading manufacturer and innovator of wire and cable and other electrical products, serving a multitude of channels and industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication...
www.colemancable.com
Cooper Lighting

Eaton
Eaton's Lighting Division delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting and controls solutions, specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. The Lighting...
www.cooperlighting.com
Custom Display Solutions (CDS), Inc.

Custom Display Solutions (CDS), Inc.
Established in 2000, Custom Display Solutions, Inc. (CDS) has flourished into a premier custom design manufacturer for the AV industry. Our foundation is our commitment to quality, integrity and responsiveness to our...
www.cds4av.com
D-Tools

D-Tools
Leader in system design software D-Tools has forged relationships with key Custom Electronics manufacturers such as Crestron, Middle Atlantic, Sony, GE Security, Lutron, Runco, SpeakerCraft and many others to provide product...
www.d-tools.com
Dorrance Supply Company

Dorrance Supply Company
Located in Youngstown, Ohio, Dorrance Supply Company is a third generation family owned and operated business. Founded in 1947, Dorrance Supply has grown from a small localized distribution center to a leading provider of...
www.dorrancesupply.com
IQeye eStore

IQeye
IQinVision network cameras and video management software with attractive reseller discounts. Featuring IQeye BASIC LINE, from VGA to 2.0MP, H.264 or MJPEG, these IP video cameras easily integrate with NVRs. For smaller...
www.IQeStore.com
MSR Acoustics

MSR Acoustics
MSR Acoustics supplies the finest acoustical treatments for home theaters and listening rooms. Anthony Grimani and six Grammy Award-winner Keith Olsen founded MSR in 2003. MSR also supplies sound isolation and noise control...
www.msr-inc.com
Platinum Tools

Platinum Tools
Since 1997, Platinum Tools has provided the finest wiring and cabling installation tools, connectors and testers. Including cutters, strippers, crimpers, EZ RJ45 CAT5&6 & coax connectors, voice/data/video tools and...
www.platinumtools.com
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