Techtalks

TechTalks

TechTalks is a series of inspiring and educational talks from connected technology experts sharing insights into what the future holds for the custom integration industry. To bring TechTalks to life on stage is CE Pro, the leading industry authority on consumer electronics for the connected technology professional. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

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The connected home industry is booming. According to Parks Associates, 43% of US broadband households intend to purchase a smart home device in 2019. And yet, homeowners are looking for more than gadgets. They’re seeking a helpful home, with products that work seamlessly together. In this keynote session featuring Google’s Michele Turner and Gene Lanois, Google will highlight the most important themes in today’s connected home.
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It has never been easier to present a personalized lighting experience with a focus on healthier living to your clients. Using end-to-end solutions that deliver lighting control, lighting fixtures, motorized shades and easily accessible personalized scenes enable integrators to offer wellness settings that add significant value to traditional entertainment and control systems. Please join us to see how you can provide your clients with next generation lighting control and automation, including built-in energy management that includes insights into energy consumption, production and storage data. Savant’s new lighting control and energy solutions make it easy to bring these solutions together.
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Z-Wave Alliance members will give you a sneak peek at their hottest, newest products and business opportunities for you to grow your smart home projects. With the largest and most diverse interoperable ecosystem, Z-Wave Alliance members have many solutions for growing your business.

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WiCT strongly believes in supporting the intersection of the design-build community with the CEDIA channel, which is why we are hosting a special TechTalk panel that will provide a boots-on-the-ground conversation about how designers, architects, and builders can successfully work together with an integrator on a project. We feel strongly that the recipe for success comes from collaboration on every project between established teams that include professionals from each discipline including the architect, builder, interior designer, landscape designer, lighting designer and the technology designer, and this panel will explore how to win with this collaboration. Stay tuned for our participating panelists. Make plans to join us!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

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Now – more than ever – homeowners are looking for ways to save energy, protect their home, simplify their lifestyle, and leave a positive impact on the environment.  And they will turn to you as the expert to deliver the ultimate smart home with solutions that meet their needs. Smart thermostats, LED lighting and other devices are now pervasive in homes, so what’s the next step?                   

Imagine if your customers could power and protect their “smart home” with clean and renewable energy during power outages, peak periods, and beyond.  During this panel, we will discuss a new technology, Energy Automation, that merges “clean tech” with “home automation” by integrating intelligent energy storage with leading front-end home automation systems.  In this engaging discussion, learn how Energy Automation will increase the value of front-end home automation systems and help your customers manage and maximize energy usage in their home.   

Join us to start differentiating and expanding your offering today:                                

• Overview: Intelligent Energy Storage – How it is Changing the Landscape of Home Automation                 

• Merging Clean Tech + Home Automation: Defining Energy Automation & What it Means for Your Customers         

• Growing Your Business with Energy Automation

•State-of-the-Market and the Opportunity for Integrators            

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Samsung's Chris Simpson will discuss the benefits of implementing 8K and LED digital signage in the home and 'resimercial' environments. In addition to the incredible developments on the consumer side, this Talk will discuss the advancements of Samsung's business portfolio with display technology designed specifically to bring an added layer of luxury to the home. Simpson will discuss The Wall as the award-winning technology that engages the homeowner with life-like images and motion, while delivering outstanding brightness contrast and exceptional viewing angles. Simpson will also reference the new Samsung QPR Series as an example of a display that can deliver true 8K resolution with more than 33 million pixels and provide exceptional depth and detail resulting in an immersive viewing experience.

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As the first company to release consumer 8K TVs, Samsung understands what features resonate most with end users. Samsung’s Phil Cohn, SVP of Sales, shares insights on the most desirable benefits that can open conversations with new customers or lead to repeat business with existing customers by upgrading their existing 4K TV sets. Along the way, he’ll elaborate on how Samsung’s 5-Star Solutions program equips CIs with the right tools, resources and support to make the sale, make it safe and make it profitable.

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Subwoofer positioning (where and how many), common problems and how to avoid them, Harman’s updated Soundfield Management 2 (SFM2) low-frequency optimization, room EQ and correction for subwoofers, and more.

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Today's AV receivers are fully loaded with the latest audio and video processing, inputs/outputs and other high-performance features. For integrators, even more capabilities await, allowing for a range of remote system management functions, diagnostics supported by proven third-party providers, troubleshooting without truck rolls and potential to unlock service RMR. Sound United's Phil Jones digs into the possibilities to help integrators get the most from their AVR installations.

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There is widespread acceptance that a massive change in power generation and distribution is critical to the welfare of our planet and mankind.  Renewable power generation, DC battery storage, efficient distribution, and smart controls are essential to slowing down the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels.   A critical element of the solution is moving from AC to DC power, opening significant opportunities across many industries. Most notably, a low-voltage DC power distribution system provides profound advantages for LED lighting solutions.Come learn about the role Audio/Visual integrators can play in this evolving lighting world, while opening new and significant revenue opportunities.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

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Are you undecided about whether or not to adopt cloud-based software for your business? In this presentation, we'll address some of the common concerns professionals have when it comes to cloud-based software, and some tips to integrate software successfully. 

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Entire industries have been redefined by the simplifying power of the Cloud, and the limitless opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Come learn about the unprecedented transformation that these technologies will bring to the home automation industry by simplifying your business, developing new business models, and elevating the value you offer to your customers.

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Harbor Research, Inc. was commissioned by CABA to study the current state and future roadmap for the smart home market. The report, released earlier this year, seeks to understand how use cases, customer environments and buying behaviors, and evolving ecosystem interactions all impact and influence the development of the connected home market. Parallel quantitative and qualitative primary analysis were undertaken along with supplementary market research and analysis; a consumer survey was developed and administered with over 2,000 respondents. The outcomes of this report provide a clear understanding of the trends and forces influencing the direction of the connected home, as well as lay out potential paths and maneuvers for stakeholders looking to take advantage of the market opportunities that exist.

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Come learn about the role Audio/Visual integrators can play in this evolving lighting world, while opening new and significant revenue opportunities.

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Voice control has proliferated as a user experience across the lifestyle of the connected consumer.  Research from Parks Associates shows 36% of US broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assistant and more than 50% of US broadband households with three or more smart home devices also own a home control system. Voice is being used in the car, at home, and on-the-go. While voice-based assistants are key features of smartphones, it is in the smart home and connected entertainment where voice interfaces will be able to demonstrate their full potential. Smart home control using smart speakers has more than doubled in the past year and there is further convergence between the entertainment and smart home ecosystems. This presentation will highlight how consumers are adopting voice control with entertainment and smart home devices, the leading use cases, and the impact of the voice interface on the evolution of the connected lifestyle.




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