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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 11

December 05, 2019

Change and Diversity

In this episode, we explore the changing nature of the home integration industry in the company of Sohan Perera from Link Media Systems and Henry Shephard from Cornflake. Where has the industry come from, where is it now and where is it going? How does this evolution affect how integrators do business? And, what are the implications for the value that the industry places on the services it provides? We’ll also be looking at the challenges of dealing with customers from different nationalities and age profiles. It's a diverse market we serve, so what approaches work best for customer groups from diverse backgrounds? Meanwhile, in our Hot Seat Q&A, we find out who Sohan would invite to his industry come dine with me. This episode is recorded in the Media Room at the Cambridgeshire HQ of Meridian Audio. Thanks to pod partners Meridian, AWE, Sony and Integrated Systems Europe for their support in making this show possible. ...

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Episode 10

November 12, 2019

Working With Architects and Designers

Educating the design build community is one of the core components of CEDIA’s three-year strategy. In this episode, we're joined by Alex Josling from Seven Integration and Tas Kyriacou of IDS to find out how they connect with these audiences. What’s the attraction of working with design build professionals? What are the challenges and what resources are out there to help you get in front of them and be successful? Both Alex and Tas tell us about their visit to the Smart Home Summit in London. Where are DIY and retail brands at in terms of their smart home thinking and what role is there in their world for home technology integrators? Alex also puts Tas under the spotlight in our Hot Seat Q&A to find out what he'd be doing if he weren't an integrator, amongst other things. This episode is recorded in the Performance Cinema at AWE’s Alexander House HQ. Thanks to pod partners Meridian, AWE and Sony for their support in making this show possible. ...

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Episode 9

October 01, 2019

Integrators, Consultants and Project Managers

This show explores the roles of integrators, consultants and project managers on a connected home project. We have a representative from each profession to help us take a closer look with Dan Eades from integrator, Environ, Davy Currie from consultants, Infracore, and project manager, Ricky West from Regency Grove. How do these relationships work? What benefits do the disciplines bring to a project? And, is the dynamic more about collaboration or confrontation? We’re in the thick of Awards season, so we’ll also be checking out how you can the most of a statement project. Dan is put under the spotlight in our Hot Seat Q&A to tell us the best part of being an integrator and reveal which celebrity he is most often mistaken for. This episode is recorded in the Lutron Experience Centre in London. Our thanks to them and also to pod partners Meridian, AWE and Sony for their support in making the Integrated Home series possible. We back Together For Cinema – to find out more, visit www.togetherforcinema.co.uk. ...

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Episode 8

September 03, 2019

Getting Into The Industry

Smart home integration is an attractive sector for many business owners and entrepreneurs who may already be active in a related sector, such as, electrical, security or IT contracting. In this episode, we explore how you can make a successful transition into the professional home integration industry. We look at what research and training is right for you, which events to attend, the skills you’ll need and what support is available if you decide that this is the sector for you. We’re joined by Mike Ranpura from Smart Life AV and Louise Tarling from Louise Tarling Electrical Services to hear about their own experieinces and find out what advice they have for newcomers. Before getting into this discussion, we also find out how they see the current economic situation and are preparing their businesses for what lies ahead. Then, Mike takes the Hot Seat to reveal both the Hollywood actor who would play him in a movie and his dream job would be if he weren’t in home integration. This episode is recorded in the Performance Cinema at AWE’s Alexander House HQ. Thanks to pod partners Meridian, AWE and Sony for their support in making this show possible. We support Together For Cinema – to find out more, visit www.togetherforcinema.co.uk. ...

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Episode 7

August 02, 2019

Home Cinema Special

Home cinema is the focus of this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Sony screening room in Basingstoke. We take a look at the fundamentals of home cinema and media room design in the company of two champions of the experieince, Ian Bolt from Custom Sight & Sound and CEDIA award-winning integrator and judge, Guy Singleton of Imagine This. How is business changing for integrators and what's important for customers today? We're also joined by Chris Mullins from Sony for news on projector technology and insights into how these advances impact upon the business of room design and installation. Thanks to pod partners, Sony and AWE, for their support in making this show possible. The Integrated Home is also sponsored by Meridian Audio. We support Together For Cinema – to find out more, visit www.togetherforcinema.co.uk. ...

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Episode 6

June 11, 2019

Home Automation and Prime Property Development

Welcome to our very first episode recorded in front of a live audience! In this specially extended edition, we've assembled an expert panel, drawn from the worlds of prime development and integration, to address how developers can improve prime property yields with thoughtful investment in home automation. * Alex Isaac, Director of Design, EcoWorld * Harri Williams-Jones, Associate Director, Super-Prime Residential Development Consultancy, Savills * Jon Cooper, Managing Director at The Next Level * Nick Fichte, Regional Sales Manager, Residential, Europe, Crestron Organised in partnership with Prime Resi, the journal of luxury property, and with the support of home automation leaders, Crestron, this episode is recorded at the Dolby Screening Room in Soho. The Integrated Home is sponsored by Meridian Audio. We support Together For Cinema – to find out more, visit www.togetherforcinema.co.uk. ...

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