CEDIA: ‘Resistance to IP is Futile’
CEDIA’s outgoing president, Federico Bausone, on why it’s impossible to resist IP and what to expect at CEDIA 2013.
No one will ever be able to accuse CEDIA of not putting in the effort to prepare custom integrators to move out of the A/V world and into the IT/IP world. Indeed, the association’s level of commitment to IT home networking might just surpass any specific training effort it has ever attempted, with ramped-up online courses, in-person classes on tap at the upcoming Expo in Denver and across the country, and the new Residential Networking Specialist credential.
This dedication is readily apparent when you speak with president Federico Bausone of the highly successful integration firm Multisistemas BVC dba Multimedia in Mexico. Bausone, who is just concluding his two-year term, can’t stop talking about what the association is doing in the category. The new CEDIA president, who is slated to be formally elected in Denver at the CEDIA Expo from Sept. 25-28, will likely carry the same passion. Here’s Bausone’s outlook for the association in 2013-14.
What is the current state of the association?
From a training perspective, things are looking up - really up. We have definitely seen an increase in online learning and we are looking very strong for Expo registration. We have spent the last year adding staff to build a more robust e-Learning infrastructure, which will launch at year-end. We are in the early stages of offering blended learning opportunities, meaning that we will have some classes online, which will be supplemented by face-to-face instruction across the country. CEDIA is making a concerted effort to bringing training back to the local level. We have heard from our membership that they want increased accessibility and we are going to make it happen.
How would you characterize the current state of the custom electronics industry?
The industry is coming back stronger than even anticipated. We have conducted multiple studies, including the annual CEDIA Benchmarking Study and the CEDIA Size and Scope Study. In each, we saw growth from 2011 to 2012 and anticipate continued growth from 2012 to 2013. The data we have seen this year is very encouraging. Keep an eye out for the data to be released at CEDIA Expo.
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What is the biggest challenge facing integrators?
One of the biggest challenges today is the continued need for a much deeper understanding of high-end networks. It’s all IP these days, and the skills to design, install and maintain a high-performance network take significantly greater understanding than many currently have. Over the next few years, the number of IP-enabled devices will more than double [from] current levels. Resistance to IP is futile. Mastering IP is absolutely the wave of the future.
Are you seeing more members take advantage of the new Networking Credential?
The Residential Networking Specialist Credential is starting to pick up steam. Last month, CEDIA completed three online classes which are now available to CEDIA members and non-members. These courses, Network Cabling Infrastructure, IP for Technicians, and Wireless Network Technologies, are available online to help students prepare for the higher-level networking courses, which will be taught face-to-face. We completed our first networking training event in Houston at WAVE Electronics, which had students come from more than 250 miles to attend. We will be significantly increasing the frequency and locations of face-to-face training to make the advanced networking classes more accessible.
Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at email@example.com
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