April 15, 2020
Time For Gaming
We're joined by Simon Gregory of integration firm, Cinema Rooms, and Rik Henderson, all-round gaming fanatic and Senior Editor at technology website, Pocket-Lint, to talk about how gaming might change the home technology business in a post-COVID-19 world. The UK is the 6th largest video game market in terms of consumer revenues, after China, USA, Japan and Germany. Approximately 37.3m people in the UK play games. Consumer spend on games was valued at a record £5.7bn in 2018 with consoles sales up 6.5% to £702m, despite no new consoles being released. But are these gamers a market for home technology professionals? In fact, should integrators be selling gaming rooms as a distinct concept to their customers, rather than as a bolt-on to their home cinema business? And, what gaming technology will change how integrators can deliver a great, immersive experience in the future? This episode was recorded before the current lockdown came into effect. The Integrated Home is supported by Meridian Audio, AWE Europe and Sony and is a Wildwood production. ...
April 09, 2020
COVID-19 The Integrator Mindset
In the second of our COVID-19 special episodes, we talk to Inspire AV's Ben Davies, also the man behind the Smarthomee Group on Facebook, to find out about the impact of the lockdown on integrators and their business. What should be the integrator's mindset? What steps can be taken to help you survive the current situation? And how can you spend your time productively to make sure you're in the best place for the upturn when it does arrive? Ben shares his thoughts with honesty and characteristic good humour, and also speaks openly about the positives integrators can find in the current situation. The Integrated Home is a Wildwood production. ...
March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Advice from CEDIA
The Coronavirus pandemic makes this an extraordinary time for all of us. We believe that we have a responsibility to share information and experiences to help you and your business through it. So, that’s what we're going to try and do. In this episode, the first in a series of COVID-19 special shows, Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA talks to us about the funding and support that home integration businesses can access to help them survive the current lockdown. The Integrated Home is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...
March 04, 2020
We’re bringing a definitively European flavour to proceedings for the very first time with an episode recorded at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 in Amsterdam. In the RAI, we're joined by two CEDIA award-winning companies as Michael Sherman from leading French company, Henri, and Sergio Rojas from Madrid's Smart Business share their views with us on the home integration business in Europe. We also learn about the stand-out technologies for integrators at ISE and look forward to 2021 when the show moves to Barcelona. The Integrated Home is supported by Meridian Audio, AWE, Sony and Integrated Systems Europe and is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...
February 05, 2020
Anatomy of a Project
In this episode we’re taking an in-depth look at one particular project in Notting Hill, London with the help of Alan Waxman from prime developer, Landmass, and Luke Crutcher from integrator, Living Home Tech. How does technology fit within a new-build scheme? What part does it play in the overall design and how can it add value from a developer’s perspective? How does the integrator approach such a brief? What are the factors they consider in the delivery of a successful project? And what are the installation challenges they have to overcome? All these questions and more are covered in this detail-rich conversation. Thanks to pod partners Meridian Audio, AWE, Sony and Integrated Systems Europe for their support in making the series possible. ...
January 13, 2020
Retail Plus Installation or Installation Only?
We're in Kent to talk with two businesses who have taken quite different paths in the industry. Potters Home Digital are an established company who began life as a retailer and have added installation successfully to their business. Micarta are a new and focused integration firm, born from the ashes of Challenge Control. In conversation with directors from each company, Alex Jones and Gavin Baker, we find out what’s working for them and how they’re growing and sustaining a business in home integration. We’ll also be learning plenty about the market in Kent. How similar is work here to business in London and the commuter belt counties? Where are the opportunities? And, what are the advantages for a local business that’s tuned in to its community? Gavin reveals what makes him tick in our Hot Seat Q&A. This episode is recorded in the Lilford Gallery in Canterbury. Thanks to pod partners Meridian Audio, AWE, Sony and Integrated Systems Europe for their support in making the series possible. ...