Some members of our team had the opportunity to attend CEDIA EXPO 2018 in San Diego this past week. CEDIA is the international trade association and central touchpoint for 3,700 member companies that represent every facet of the ever-evolving technology market. The association powers integrators’ passion by providing development pathways that move them to the next level by providing education, community, resources, and vision. Every year CEDIA hosts a large convention where dealers and vendors bring all of their new or updated products for CEDIA members to see and be trained on.
We sent 5 employees to the show this year. They came back excited for the new year and ready to share their new knowledge and resources with the rest of our staff. They all agreed that the main focus this year was outdoor entertainment. This is great news for us being in Florida because we are able to take advantage of our outdoor spaces for the majority of the year.
Peerless AV showcased their new 86" outdoor UHD TV at the relatively affordable price of $9,999. Samsung also had an ultra bright outdoor TV that impressed our team with quality and price. Origin Acoustics presented their new outdoor speaker collections that offer multiple colors and styles in a modern form.
Security was also a topic of interest this year. Nortek showcased two new products with a security focus. A new smart gun lock sensor, which has a convenient manual lock but features a wireless sensor to alert the homeowner if the gun moves and new video door stations which will integrate seamlessly with ELAN to offer state of the art intercom functionality. Our team also reported that facial recognition is now fully functional on ELAN security cameras.
Overall, our team had a great time and came back reenergized, more knowledgeable and better prepared to help our clients find solutions that fit their needs. Those of us who stayed are excited to get our hands on this new technology and share it with all of you!