CEDIA Roundtable: The Future of the Specialty CE and Integration Markets
That being said, with any of these emerging technologies, the most important thing to stress is that you cannot jump into them half-heartedly. Especially on the health monitoring side, you have to really do your homework to figure out if this fits into your business model or not. Making these decisions lightly could wind up ruining your business, but doing your homework, and doing it properly, could make you massively profitable. We're bullish on both, I'd say.
Green: It's totally nuts not to pay attention to energy, and health. At CEDIA we call it Sustainable Lifestyles, which includes all forms of smart behavior and technologies that help us live longer, more efficient and meaningful lives. We have no choice, really. You've heard this all before. Aging baby boomers are going to grow old at home surrounded by their toys. We'll see new uses for architecture and technology to support social presence and family togetherness. No one is better suited to deliver on that need than trained and certified CEDIA members. Home health technology is getting really personal, so trusted relationships with home technology integrators will become even more important. I can't see Geek Squad being trusted to take care of Grandma.
With energy, we have no choice. Managing energy consumption in the home is our responsibility. Frankly, I'm not terribly proud of promoting flagrant consumption in the home. And installing a dozen flat-panel TVs in a single home is flagrant consumption. Many stay on all day. We need to stop that nonsense and make it really easy for people to turn things off. Power management products are prevalent and good. Designing power systems is a great source of new revenue. Every complex system needs intelligent power management.