“Own the network, own the home” was the tagline for CEDIA Expo 2012, and this year it certainly was all about the network.
The phrase most heard at the show may have been “This will save installers time and money.”
There weren’t as many of the jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, must-see products this year because existing products were busy getting smaller, faster, and more transparent. It’s tough to build hype about something you can’t immediately see. On an AVWeek podcast, Richard Fregosa of Fregosa Design poetically put it, “the trend for CEDIA this year is that it wasn’t so much about revolution, as it was just evolution.”
Perhaps the industry is at a turning point where what we need has become more important than what we want. We wanted smaller devices, bigger screens, clearer pictures, and we got them — a bezel can only get so thin before it completely disappears.
Now what we need is enough time to install all this equipment. We need a home that can still function when a router malfunctions. We need to be able to pick out the one bad link that is taking down the whole chain.
Olivia Dumanovsky of Pakedge explained that their booth was “bringing networking and AV together,” and that was the running theme for this year’s show.
Pakedge’s power distribution units can be set to remotely power cycle and to send specific alerts. Dealers can send commands through email, saving time and money previously spent on costly truck rolls.
SurgeX showed off IP addressable surge protectors that allow for remote access. Their line of Axess Ready products and new Cervella Remote Monitoring System interface allows integrators to access any device on the network from a secure web platform.
Clare Controls is calling for two truck roll home automation implementation, and allows the dealer to implement all updates online, saving further visits. Meanwhile Ikatu’s Khimo control system prides itself on making remote access more secure, bypassing port forwarding or other DNS servers and instead communicating directly though the Ikatu main server.