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Inaugural CEDIA Tech Talks Presented by CE Pro to Cover Home Battery Power, Emerging IoT, Profitability Advice

Jul 24, 2018

Alpharetta, GA   (July 24, 2018) — For the first time ever, CEDIA Expo, in conjunction with CE Pro, will be presenting a series of engaging thought-leadership panel discussions cover several key topics of importance to integrators. CEDIA Expo will be held September 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Among the planned discussions are IoT trends, home battery power, and bottom-line profit management. Each 25-minute panel discussion will take place on the Smart Stage, located in Hall A within the San Diego Convention Center. Each Tech Talk will be streamed via Facebook live, posted on and blasted out to CE Pro’s database of custom integration professionals. 

“We are honored to be partnering with CEDIA Expo on these first-ever Tech Talks at the show,” says Jason Knott, editor-in-chief of CE Pro. “The sessions will be a chance to delve into some cutting-edge technology and business discussions that will benefit residential integrators. The live stream element and the post-show online viewing opportunities also allow the information from the Tech Talks to reach a broad audience beyond just the attendees at the CEDIA Expo. It should be exciting.”

CEDIA Expo exhibitors interested in participating in a TechTalk should contact their sales representative at CE Pro. 

Here are the valuable takeaways from six of the sessions:

Big IoT Trends and What they Mean to the Home-Tech Channel

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 6, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Join CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson and her CEDIA Technology Council cohorts for a fast-paced discussion on the state of the smart home. The panelists will review new products, technologies and themes from CEDIA Expo 2018, and cover some of the major movements affecting home technologists today. The group will delve into some of the hottest IoT trends and what they mean to the channel:

Artificial intelligence and predictive analytics

Augmented reality and virtual reality

“Well Living” systems including tunable white lighting and indoor air quality

5G and mobile IoT

Access controls and front-door technology

Convergence of physical and digital security

Where GASA stands – Google, Amazon, Samsung, Apple

IoT standards watch

Sponsor: Google/Nest

Moderator: Julie Jacobson, founding editor, CE Pro

Energy Automation: Powering Smart Homes with Clean Energy

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Homeowners and business owners across the country are adopting more energy-efficient modes of operation. Smart thermostats, LED lighting and other devices are now pervasive in homes, so what’s the next step?

Imagine if your customers could not only power their “smart home” off of clean and renewable energy, but also stay protected during the next power outage?  During this panel discussion, we will discuss the emergence of a new technology that merges “clean tech” with “home automation” enabling integrators to offer “energy automation” by integrating intelligent energy storage with front end home automation systems.  

In this engaging panel discussion, learn how energy automation will increase the value of front-end home automation systems and also help you differentiate and expand your offering with a unique sub-system that powers smart homes. 

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

2. Merging Clean Tech + Home Automation:  What “Energy Automation” Means 

3. Growing Your Business with Energy Automation

4. Success with Energy Automation Testimonial: How energy automation helped one integrator differentiate and grow his business 

Sponsor: Sonnen

Moderator: Lisa Montgomery, editor-at-large, CE Pro


Blake Richetta (sonnen)

Gordon van Zuiden (CyberManor)

Troy Morgan (Pantech Designs)

AJ Brunson (Cinegration)

Ron Callis (OneFirefly)

Boost the Bottom Line with Better Business Management

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 10:00am – 10:45am

The top custom electronics integrators aren’t simply capturing the most revenue; they’re maximizing revenue per employee. Even with great employees, many custom integrators struggle to create consistent processes, keep the team organized, and get the most out of their employees’ time. If only there were more hours in the day! 

Whether you’re a company of 2 or 200, peak productivity can be achieved with the right combination of people, process, and systems. Join us for a panel of highly efficient integrators to hear how they’ve optimized their revenue and overall business for long-term growth. You’ll learn:

How operational efficiency impacts the customer experience

How to enable employees to work at their best

What areas of your operations are ripe for streamlining

Types of business management tools that can be implemented

Ways to standardize delivery despite custom projects

What to consider when vetting business software

Potential pitfalls to avoid and ensure optimum productivity

Sponsor: ConnectWise

Moderator: Arlen Schweiger, managing editor, CE Pro

Voice-First Revolution: Next Gen Interfaces at Home – Parks Associates

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

According to Parks Associates research, 27% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart speaker. The next generation of interfaces is changing the way the connected consumer interacts with devices and services. Products and service offerings are evolving to accommodate such change. How will consumer behavior, expectations, and the user experience play out in a voice-first world? This Smart Talks session explores the current landscape of voice technology, the appeal of voice, and the future of voice AI.

Speaker: Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates

CABA: Connected Home IoT Energy Roadmap

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

This session will present the findings of a $150,000 research project recently completed by Frost & Sullivan, entitled CABA’s “Connected Home IoT Energy Roadmap”. This research will provided a comprehensive examination of all the major aspects of energy in the smart home, including: state of the market, key industry players, business opportunities, technical barriers and opportunities, future market direction, issues, case studies and industry recommendations, etc. All attendees will receive the executive summary of this research project.

The Impact of Technology on Lifestyle Design

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 6, 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Home automation in our intelligent environments has come a long way from the AV systems of home theaters to lighting integration, network enabled thermostats and home security systems to the bold new world of kitchen and bath integration with cameras to let you see what’s in the frig while you are at the market and self-diagnosing appliances that will schedule service for you. What does it all mean? That our industry needs to create partnerships. We must educate ourselves and value the home design integrator as a part of our team. It’s our mission to inform and inspire you to consider the network and design integrator at the beginning of your project as you create the ultimate environment for your clients’ lifestyles.

Presented by: Women in Consumer Technology

Moderator: Toni Sabatino, Owner, Toni Sabatino Style, NKBA Manhattan Chapter President


Melissa Andresko, Communications Director – Public Relations, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Dawn Deluca, Founder and Principal, Dawn DeLuca On Design

Heather Sidorowicz, Owner, Southtown Audio Video

For more information on TechTalks, click here.

About CEDIA Expo

CEDIA Expo powers the disruptors, innovators and integrators in the intelligently connected built environments by providing the only platform for discovery and collaboration. More than 20,000 home technology professionals and more than 500 exhibitors convene each year for the leading event in connected technology and connected built environments. CEDIA Expo is the place for system integrators to experience new products and breakthrough innovations first and to access targeted training in technology integration. CEDIA Expo 2018 takes place September 4–8 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.

CEDIA Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.