A Guide to CEDIA Education at ISE 2016

The residential custom install market is continuing to grow, and this is reflected...

The residential custom install market is continuing to grow, and this is reflected in the number of exhibitors and visitors to ISE year on year.  With over 1,000 exhibitors booked in for the 2016 show, the event being extended to four days, and a staggering number of visitors due to flock to Amsterdam, it is no surprise that CEDIA has announced that it will be bringing the most extensive education programme ever to ISE 2016.

While CEDIA itself focuses on the residential market, the show also attracts commercial exhibitors and visitors.  It is becomingly apparent that brands — whether manufacturers or system engineers and installers — cross-over the two markets, with many organisations working across the commercial and residential arenas.

Having been involved since the very beginning, CEDIA recognises that the show provides the perfect platform to reach a large proportion of its members in one place. For this reason, the association has developed its education programme, as well as increased its presence at the show over the last few years. CEDIA now offers more training courses than ever before, and has a great location near the main entrance of Hall 1 — the booth is always packed with people looking for more information on what benefits CEDIA provides, with a very healthy interest from international companies.

With so many informative courses to choose from, here’s a daily highlight.

Monday 8th Feb – 09:30am – 17:00pm

Sub Systems Design and Integration

Presenter - Simon Buddle, CEDIA Education Director

Systems integration is seen by many as the jewel in the crown of the custom installer. This Sub Systems Design and Integration course will take an in-depth look at all of the sub systems that make up a typical CI project. Understanding each system’s components, communications and demarcation points will enable attendees to design, install and program jobs successfully to practical completion. The day will consist of design fundamentals, communications protocols and user interface design, as well as third party integration best practice policy and regulations.

Tuesday 9th Feb – 09:30am – 11:00am

Building the Perfect Rack

Presenter - Nick Pidgeon, Visualization

This course will provide a brief overview and structural methodology for rack building from planning through to future servicing. The course will discuss best practices, the importance of wiring choices, and standardisations which can be applied to projects of all sizes.

Attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding into the different types of racks and how to apply the correct knowledge for overcoming issues for wiring, connectivity and rack build as a whole.

Wednesday 10th Feb – 09:30am – 11:00am

Making the Most of HD Audio

Presenter - Richard Hollinshead, Meridian

This course will discuss the difference between standard and high resolution audio, the available audio formats, sources, and the requirements to use them. Richard will also explore the requirements for maintaining HD audio performance.

Thursday 11th Feb – 14:00pm – 15:30pm

Securing Your Customer’s Network

Presenter - Ken Erdman, Erdman Group

With every sub system now potentially touching the network, it is critical that wired and wireless networks are correctly secured. This is a combination of managing hardware, software and wetware (the users). Every day there is a new story in the press that tells tales of how people’s privacy has been violated, and their data stolen.

This seminar will discuss the privacy and security risks, and then suggest some simple ways that both wired and wireless networks can be secured. Ken will also discuss how best to implement a backup strategy. Though some previous networking knowledge is preferable, this course is suitable for anyone who needs to sell, install and manage wired and wireless networks.

Friday 12th Feb – 09:30am – 16:00pm

CEDIA Certification Review - Examination: Residential Networking Specialist (ESC-N)

Presenter - Geoff Meads, Presto AV

This fast-paced review is a broad refresher for individuals who are preparing for the CEDIA Residential Networking Specialist (ESC-N) certification exam. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and openly discuss less familiar topics. It is highly recommended to review the RNS Job Task Analysis and take the Pre-Test Assessment prior to attending.

Residential Solutions Theatre

In addition, CEDIA will also be offering a series of free CEDIA talks in the Residential Solutions Theatre at ISE, with thought leaders in the industry exploring an array of issues ranging from slow technology to social media in business.

Smart Building Conference

CEDIA is also encouraging visitors to attend the Smart Building Conference on Monday 8 February, where Kris Hogg will be chairing the residential sessions throughout the day. Attendees can expect to discover key insights into emerging trends, energy savings, home automation solutions, as well as the best practice approaches needed to meet Smart Home and Smart Building design and efficiency objectives.

Residential Sessions

11.20             Keynote: Reinventing Home Products

12.00             Defining Europe’s Home Market

12.30             Bluetooth Smart – Universal Solution for Home Control?

14.00             Enabling the Smart Home with HomePlug Technologie

14.30             Smart Home Wiring

15.00             Industry Panel: 3D Audio for the Home

16.00             What you need to know about Multi-Dwelling Units

CEDIA is offering early-bird discount rates of 20% on courses booked before 15 January 2016.  To book a course, visit www.iseurope.org/cedia-education

CEDIA representatives will be available on the association’s stand (1-F21) throughout ISE to answer questions and provide information about CEDIA’s work and the benefits that membership brings.

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