At ISE 2024, CEDIA is hosting 60 hours of professional development courses within its Smart Home Technology Conference between Tuesday 30th January - Thursday 1st February in the CC1 conference suite.
Expert instructors will delve into various subject areas, including technical installation and design, business excellence, and future trends, all within the context of home technology integration. AI and cybersecurity will be key themes throughout the four-day programme, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of daily workshops and courses.
Dive in to our exclusive round-up of top 20 courses you won't want to miss this year.
This advanced workshop will introduce new guidelines outlined in the CEDIA/CTA RP22 Immersive Audio System Design Recommended Practice, with a focus on the four new objectively defined levels of performance that will define different levels of immersive audio experience. We will follow a "teach, then do" approach for the class, with participants working in small groups to apply some of the guidelines to real-world rooms. Specific products and brands will not be discussed, and we will be taking a purely objective engineering approach.
Designing room acoustics that allow systems to deliver excellent bass across multiple seating locations, while not over-absorbing high and midrange frequencies, is probably the most difficult thing to achieve in small room acoustics. This panel session will discuss best practices and explore different methods and approaches. Discussion questions and topics include: What is the role of EQ vs. physical acoustics, can models predict room modal behaviour, how much bass absorption do you really need, and how to implement different types of bass absorption products. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged in this fast and engaging session.
Infra bass is defined as frequencies below 20Hz down to single digit Hz numbers. This course will introduce participants to the importance of considering infra bass as critical to delivering truly immersive experiences, then go on to explain both how to design and implement effective infra bass systems.
Position yourself in front of Architects, Interior Designers & Builders as the expert and yourself as their Smart Homes Project Partner. In order to gain credibility and promote our incredible industry as a profession that design professionals can work with to enhance their clients lifestyles.
In this session delivered by Cecilia Ramos (Lutron), we will discuss lifestyle trends uncovered in Lutron's Lighting Trends Report, such as: Hybridization, wellbeing, sustainability, and natural light. We will also look at space and finish trends - Wellness spaces for longevity, biophilic design, hybrid offices, performative backdrops, virtual and the Metaverse. Learn how to execute on these trends with lighting, and understand when it is best to partner with a lighting designer.
For many years smart homes have provided people with the comfort and convenience they desire. However, with an ageing society and the need for ever more sustainable homes, smart home technologies provide an ideal platform to address both challenges using one solution. This session will introduce the concept of developing accessibility and sustainability using technologies and skillsets installers already have.
The workshop delves into emerging cybersecurity trends, such as IoT security, AI vulnerabilities and the protection of sensitive data. Expert instructors will provide training on how to configure firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption protocols specific to AV systems. By the end of the course, smart home integrators will be better prepared to identify risks to the integrity and confidentiality of audio and video systems in an increasingly connected world.
This presentation is specifically designed to equip industry professionals with the basic knowledge to mitigate audio and video systems from digital threats. In this overview course, participants will explore the intricacies of network security, data protection, and threat mitigation, and the immediate and evolving dangers enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) large language models. Attendees will learn to identify vulnerabilities in AV systems, understand the principles of secure network design, and implement best practices for secure communication and data transmission, such as GDPR and NIST compliance.
In modern households with 100+ wired/wireless devices and multiple hybrid workers & students, stable and fast internet connectivity is of the essence. In this session delivered by Richard Jonker of NETGEAR, we will discuss important questions such as: How does one design the network? And for the right access, including the right levels of security, segmentation, throughput for AV? How do you deal with wifi and wired ethernet speeds exceeding 1 gigabit? How do you conclude that a network needs an upgrade? How to deal with coverage issues, white spots, bandwidth issues, too many devices on the network, lag and latency?
AI large language model tools are changing the game for integrators, enabling them to work faster, smarter, and better. In this conference session, the presenters will share how they use these tools to improve client communication, project planning, troubleshooting, and collaboration. Learn how to leverage the power of language models to revolutionize your integration workflows and delight your clients. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the amazing potential of AI.
This intensive and immersive workshop will apply design thinking principles to participants, working in small groups to invent a sustainable and profitable business model for 2027. Delivered by industry leaders Peter Aylett and Rich Green, this course has received some of the highest ratings from participants in recent years, and regardless of whether you are an integrator, manufacturer, consultant, or distributor, it will provide you with fresh, shared perspectives, a taste of the power of Design Thinking, and actionable ideas for enhancing your business strategy.
Artificial Intelligence, social media, and the rapid news cycle have proven valuable in quickly communicating information to the masses, but this “always on” mentality can be overwhelming. In this session, Rich Green will discuss the phenomenon of slow technology and how to create nurturing, sustainable environments for clients that strike the perfect balance of innovation and humane living.
As a business owner or manager, you cannot afford to get buried in the weeds of the daily financial transactions. Instead, you need to have a financial dashboard that provides an early warning system for your financial stability. Monitoring and measuring performance metrics is critical to your survival and success. Learn how to create an executive dashboard and explore what numbers you need to track on a regular basis. Explore the different the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to help keep you on a course for profitability. This will be a hands-on session if you bring your laptop with access to Excel. It will help you understand how to translate your financial statements into a Dashboard.
You work hard to make your business a success. It would be a shame to have a simple mistake put you out of business. Come away with a checklist of ten items that you need to focus on to keep your business afloat. Topics include: insurance, internal controls, margin analysis and more.
There are only three paths to increase profits - spend less, charge more, or do more work. A breakeven analysis can help you determine which path will work best for you. As the economy improves, you need to make strategic decisions about growth. Learn how to create a breakeven analysis to help make crucial decisions. Play the “what-if” game to forecast the consequences of changes in overhead, margin, and sales volume. This session helps you understand how avoid the mistake of confusing the markup you charge with the margin you achieve. If you sell more, will you make more? If your overhead is 20% and your markup is 25%, can you make money? This will be a hands-on session if you bring your laptop with access to Excel. It will help you understand how make decisions regarding pricing, sales, margin and overhead.
HDMI technology grows ever more capable and complex with each new specification version and innovations in the market. This session distils and simplifies which capabilities and features should matter the most to integrators when designing and deploying HDMI systems to ensure that the right mix of features work as expected from end-to-end. Includes a breakdown of some key acronyms and tech, gaming-specific features, long-length connectivity and alternative technologies like fiber and HDBaseT.
Since the adoption of the PoE standard in 2003, power over Ethernet has evolved into a major and important powering scheme for network systems. As the power levels and potential applications have increased so has the regulator scrutiny given to these systems. This course will examine the current state of PoE along with its benefits and challenges including looking at the response of codes and regulators to this power application. We will cover the challenges of voltage drop and connector failure and how to predict and avoid these problems. We will also introduce new power technologies such as Single Pair Ethernet and Digital Electricity, (Fault Managed Power).
The new CEDIA/CTA-RP22 and upcoming RP23 Immersive Audio and Video Design Recommended Practices call for the preservation of artistic intent; that is, presenting media as closely as possible to the way the content creators intended. This course dives into a key aspect of this — how the content is accessed and distributed in the home. This course discusses the rise of streaming content, comparing it to other sources in terms of bit rates, compression codecs, audio formats and HDR video, along with considerations for content types and gaming, options for IP- vs matrix-based distribution, and how to generally optimise connectivity. The end goal should be to deliver the best user experience.
A look into new technologies and applications which integrators can use to make their projects dazzle. This panel session will involve discussion on subjects such as light quality, exciting multicolour, multi-pixel projects, as well as emerging light sources – from the latest LEDs to lasers! Other topics for discussion will be lighting controls, DC, PoE, and Off Grid solutions. During this session, the panel will be open to and encourage questions from attendees.
The products and tools to deliver Human Centric Lighting are now a mature technology in the CI industry. We take a look where the CI industry is with Human Centric Lighting and where it can go in the future.