news - November 2019
An Experienced Technology Designer is Essential
Find a technology expert for your smart home project as early in the process as possible. CEDIA can help.
By George McClure
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The whole purpose of Technology Designer Magazine is to bring together the design-build community – architects, interior designers, builders and A/V specialists – to learn how to more economically and efficiently integrate today’s leading-edge technologies into their projects. In the current housing market, what were once deemed luxuries, such as a robust network, built-in speakers, distributed video, lighting control and more, are now considered indispensable. Advanced technology has spread to every room in the house. Getting a technology designer involved from the very beginning of the design process is critical.
How do you find an experienced and reputable technology designer? Well, checking the CEDIA website is a great place to start.
CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) is the international association for home technology professionals. It provides the custom integration industry with education, certification, research and standardization. CEDIA is also a resource for architects, designers, builders and consumers to turn to when choosing a home integration professional. Hiring a CEDIA Certified professional is your guarantee of the best expertise and service in the world of home technology integration.
More on their mission from the CEDIA website:
CEDIA was founded in 1989 by a group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the up-and-coming electronic systems industry. Their vision was to advocate the needs of the home technology professional by becoming the leading resource, promoting commerce, offering training, and aiding in the assembly of a legitimate industry that was at the time considered more of a hobby.
Since that time, CEDIA has grown into an international association with more than 3,500 member companies worldwide and has come to be recognized as the universal mark of professionalism for industry businesses.
The association has expanded tremendously in the 30 years of its existence. The CEDIA show is a great example of the evolution of this industry. The first CEDIA show, held in Amelia Island, FL, hosted 500 attendees and featured table-top displays from some of the industry’s pioneers, the show has grown exponentially since that time in both exhibiting companies and attendees. CEDIA 2019 drew nearly 500 exhibiting companies and 20,000 attendees.
CEDIA has advanced the industry by developing timely industry education and certification, launching research initiatives, advocacy on legislative issues, building relationships with architects, builders, and interior designers, educating the consumer, and recognizing industry achievement.