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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 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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Episode 12

August 31, 2020

Cracking The Mass Market

In this episode, presented first as an Integrated Home podcast webinar back in June 2020, we invite four integrators, Andy Bell of Trusted Technology, Naim Cohen of NGC Systems, Adam Raymond of PRZM and Inspire AV’s, Ben Davies to share their thoughts and ideas on how home technology professionals can broaden their appeal to consumers in a post-COVID-19 world. How do integrators engage customers, what technologies appeal to them and why does it pay to think long-term? This episode can also be viewed as a webinar here: https://wildwoodpr.com/what-we-do/virtual-events-package/webinars/cracking-the-mass-market/ We are a Wildwood production. ...

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Episode 11

July 31, 2020

Managing Clients

In this episode, we’re joined by Katie Sparrevohn, Managing Director of London and Surrey AV Solutions, and Durgesh Sinh, top man at Nucleus, to talk about clients. How do you deal with them and the voices that have influence over them? What are the challenges integrators face? And, how can professional home technology firms manage budgets, projects and clients to get the best results? We're supported by Meridian Audio, AWE Europe and Sony. The Integrated Home Podcast is a Wildwood production. ...

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