A major aspect of this year’s EI Live! show, the UK’s only trade event dedicated to the smart building market, will be an enhanced learning zone offering valuable insights and tangible take-aways for installers.
Organisers have gathered together some of the industry’s most experienced practitioners and leading companies to present on key areas. Here are just a few of those already singed up to speak at the show on May 10-11 at Sandown Park – times of the talks will be announced nearer the event. More top presenters are being lined up, so stay tuned for more information. Free registration for the show can be found here
Course: TCP/IP Concepts for the AV Professional
Control4 will use EI Live! to present a session looking at the importance of networking, entitled TCP/IP Concepts for the AV Professional. Needing to know how concepts around TCP/IP work is a must these days. What does a subnet mask do? What’s a default gateway or a DNS server? When do you use a static IP address verses a dynamic one? These are some of the questions facing the modern installers and Control4 will look to answer them.
Presenter: Alex Cockram, national trainer for the EMEA region for Control4, specialising in Training for home control and networking solutions.
Course: The Cinema Designer (TDC) Home Theatre Training
Show-goers can also hear about one of the most inventive, time and money saving design systems available as Guy Singleton of install company Imagine This presents a session based around his own invention. The Cinema Designer (TDC) Home Theatre Training seminar is aimed at home cinema installers, dealers and manufacturers and outlines the methods of designing home theatre or screening rooms to industry standards using revolutionary TCD software. TCD is the first fully cloud-based home theatre and screening room design software that will give all integrators the luxury of accurate designs in minutes.
CEDIA/CEA (now CTA) CEB-22 and CEB-23 are the international standards for all theatre designs; the course will touch on all aspects of these standards, from immersive audio to UHD video and its correct implementation, to award winning projects. TCD software will form the basis of the discussion points to allow for a fast paced, but incredibly accurate design which conforms to industry-recognised standards, so come and learn how to save yourself time and money and win more projects.
Presenter: Guy is a fully qualified registered electrical and electronics engineer who has been involved with CEDIA since 1998.
Guy currently resides on the CEDIA EMEA standards council, the PDAC (professional Development Advisory Council) as well as many of the technical councils and white paper groups. He teaches and lectures internationally on CEDIA’s behalf and has presented as far afield as India, United States and Holland. Guy is a subject matter expert for CEDIA’s education council, specialising in lighting, HVAC and home theatre design. Guy is also a CEDIA judge for both the USA and Global awards program and is a qualified ISF instructor.
In 2016, Guy was presented with the prestigious ‘Special Recognition’ award from CEDIA EMEA for services to CEDIA and the industry as a whole. Simply put, Guy is one of the top installers on the planet right now, time listening to him is extremely well spent.
Course: How To Win Friends With Interfaces
Cliff Stammers, founder of leading Crestron programming company Oxberry will present a seminar entitled: How To Win Friends With Interfaces.
Cliff says: “A lot of what we do can be construed as being a dark art to our customers, so how do we throw as much light as we can on our work, without giving away all of the secrets? One approach is to make interfaces as engaging and as instinctive as possible.”
Presenter: Cliff Stammers has built an entire and very successful career out of creating compelling functionality and interfaces and will offer his insight on how to wow your customers. One of the most experienced Crestron programmers in the world, Cliff has been active in the market since the late nineties.
Past clients include various celebrities, professional sportsmen and women, Middle Eastern Royalty, Russian oligarchs and billionaire business people all over Europe, the Middle East and America. Cliff’s company, Oxberry was responsible for programing the Crestron Experience Centre at the company’s company UK HQ in Cobham and Crestron’s flagship New York Showroom on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If you want to improve the way you interface with your projects and customers, Cliff is the man to help.
Course: uControl = free whole-home AV control
HDANYWHERE (HDA) is sponsoring this year’s show and is also presenting a seminar entitled: uControl = free whole-home AV control from HDanywhere.
In short, uControl is an App that turns iOS and Android devices into a universal remote control for operating AV devices connected to an HDA system via IR. Installers are encouraged to come and learn to harness the power of uControl, HDanywhere’s innovative and intuitive control System. In this 45 minute session, attendees will learn: The benefits of cloud-based control, how to set up display and source control in under 10 minutes with no additional hardware, the benefits of HDA design, the roadmap for uControl including Alexa integration.
Presenter: This session is delivered by Joe Fletcher, HDanywhere’s training and technical support manager who joined the company in 2014 to pursue his passion for pro AV after previously working as an educator in the music industry.
Course Title: How KNX makes your projects easier and your business more profitable
KNX as a platform has been gaining in popularity in recent years with its flexibility, ease of use and compatibility with other automation platforms delivering many pluses. One of the companies blazing a trail here has been Ivory Egg, which supplies and supports many lines which use KNX as their backbone. Martin Hawley from Ivory Egg will be presenting a seminar entitled: How KNX makes your projects easier and your business more profitable. In a nutshell, this session will explore what KNX is and how installers can use it to increase the value and scope of projects. Attendees will also find out what the benefits of using KNX will bring to customers and to their business.
Presenter: Martin has worked in the smart home industry for over 12 years in both NZ and the UK, specialising with KNX for the last seven, so brings with him a wealth of experience. Martin has served in various roles including system integration, project management and sales. As technical director, he is responsible for ensuring Ivory Egg continues to be the most knowledgeable KNX distributor. Supporting architects, M&E consultants and integrators on their journey with KNX, Martin is able to speak with confidence, authority and enthusiasm about the entire smart home industry.
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