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The Integrated Home

“The Integrated Home” examines the home integration business. Every episode speaks to business owners, technicians and industry insiders who understand the challenges and the opportunities facing those working in the professional smart home space. Guests...more

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Episode 2

February 25, 2021

Big Cinema, Small Space

In Big Cinema, Small Space, Jools Browning from CEDIA Member of Excellence, BrownHen Solutions, and Barry Sheldrick, Sales Director of Meridian Audio, take us on a deep technical dive into a very special project - the conversion of a compact downstairs room into a knockout, ten-seater cinema. What design and engineering skills are needed? How should the room be treated? And how does Meridian Room Correction elevate the home cinema experience in this type of project? This episode is an edited audio-only version of a webinar first broadcast in the Summer of 2020. You can find that full webinar here: https://wildwoodpr.com/what-we-do/virtual-events-package/webinars/big-cinema-small-space-how-to-do-it/ Thanks to our supporters DbM, AWE Europe, Sony and Ring. We support Together For Cinema. The Integrated Home is a Wildwood production. ...

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Episode 1

January 22, 2021

A Rack Building Masterclass

What's involved in designing and building a rack? How should you approach cable and thermal management? And, why does taking the time in rack building pay dividends for your installation and for your business? To answer these and many other questions, we're joined by two rack building experts - Nick Pidgeon of Visualization and Simon Fulstow, Director of multi CEDIA award-winning integration firm and CEDIA Member of Excellence, SONA. Join us for this rack building masterclass! The Integrated Home is supported by Ring, AWE Europe, Sony and Distributed by Meridian and is a Wildwood production. We support Together for Cinema. ...

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Episode 16

December 23, 2020

The Home Security Opportunity

How big an opportunity is home security for technology integrators? A home burglary happens in the UK every 106 seconds. The Office for National Statistics puts the average cost of a residential burglary in the UK at £3,030, and more than one-third of that is the emotional cost to victims. Experts also agree that we are likely heading for an increase in property crime, driven by economic desperation and the stress associated with long-term unemployment. In this episode, we talk to two integrators who work extensively with home security, Steve Moore from SMC and Michael Glarvey from Luuxx Audio Visual. We also learn about what's involved in growing your home security business, how to do it well and where the pitfalls might be. The Integrated Home Podcast is supported by Ring X Line, Distributed by Meridian, AWE Europe and Sony. We are a Wildwood production and we support Together for Cinema. ...

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Episode 15

November 26, 2020

Tackling Mental Ill Health

Home integration can be an incredibly rewarding industry but also a pretty stressful one. Many integrators work on their own or in small businesses where it’s difficult to find a work-life balance, especially with work on-site often demanding long hours away from home and meeting high client expectations. Uncertainties arising from the pandemic have made things worse. At least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of COVID-19, says a forecast from The Centre for Mental Health, and that’s likely to rise even higher after the second lockdown. Meanwhile, another survey found that 73% of all building and construction workers feel that their employers did not understand or recognise the early signs of poor mental health, or offer any support. So, what can be done to manage our health and well-being for the better? The Integrated Home Podcast is supported by Ring X Line, Distributed by Meridian, AWE Europe and Sony. We are a Wildwood production and we support Together for Cinema. ...

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Episode 14

October 30, 2020

Going Global

In this show, we’re talking about doing business overseas with Phil Cotton, Commercial Director of Ideaworks, and Rory Hackett, Managing Director of Communitec. How do you manage international projects from the UK? How difficult is it to do that in the current situation? And, what advice is there for integrators challenged with working in another country? The Integrated Home Podcast is supported by Ring X Line, Distributed by Meridian, AWE Europe and Sony. We are a Wildwood production and we support Together for Cinema. ...

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Episode 13

September 30, 2020

Us, Them, Together

For this show, we’re talking home technology integrators and electrical contractors. Where are the overlaps and what are the points of difference? Where and why are there conflicts? And, how can the two professions both succeed in the connected home space and benefit each other? We're joined by Gabi Hughes, a home technology integrator and CEDIA member who started out as a qualified electrician, and Andrew Royall from CEDIA member company, Eclectic Home Technology. The Integrated Home Podcast is supported by Ring X Line, Distributed by Meridian, AWE Europe and Sony. We are a Wildwood production and we support Together for Cinema. ...

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