EH Publishing’s CE Pro Summit 2016 is again co-locating with the Commercial Integrator Summit, but this year the event includes a third component: the first Security Summit, hosted by sister publication Security Sales & Integration (SSI).
Combined as the Total Tech Summit, to be held Nov. 2 – 4 in Atlanta, the EH Publishing events have already attracted a record number of sponsors – up 90 percent from last year, which itself was up 35 percent from the year prior.
This year, top 100 dealers from each of the channels – home technology, commercial integration and residential/commercial security – will enjoy conference tracks customized for their respective markets, but they will also share networking opportunities and marketplace exhibits.
“We see a lot of cross-pollination among these different constituents,” says Jason Knott, editor in chief of CE Pro and overseer of SSI and CI. “Residential integrators are getting into the commercial business. Security dealers are getting into home automation. Commercial integrators are targeting the home market. The crossover goes on and on.”
At the same time, manufacturers are seeing their products deployed in multiple markets, and they “no longer limit themselves to one application, for example, home audio or commercial surveillance,” Knott says.
He attributes the enhanced sponsor interest in the Summits to a larger and broader trade attendance spanning multiple markets, as well as the increasing appeal of intimate trade events.
“We’re heading into our ninth year with this event and have been tweaking the model continuously to increase value and appeal for sponsors and VIP guests alike,” says John Galante, principal of AE Ventures, which produces the Summits for EH Publishing.
In the past few weeks, these new companies have signed up as sponsors:
- Clinton Electronics
- Crimson AV
- Fortress Seating
- Future Automation
- Future Ready Solutions
- GEM Electronics
- Millson Custom Solutions
- Security Partners
- Speco Technologies
- Z-Wave Alliance
The event is hosted free of charge to Top 100 dealers in all three markets (CE Pro, CI, Security), with all expenses paid including hotel and airfare. Other dealers are invited to apply for a limited number of VIP Guest passes.
For more information, visit totaltechsummit.com