Continuing the theme of the opportunity that exists for custom installers in the smart buildings market, Allen Weidman (pictured) – who is sustainability officer for InfoComm International and executive director of the STEP Foundation – told the inaugural Smart Building Conference that AV integrators were uniquely placed to take the smart buildings space for themselves. “The AV professional is the only building design participant with the knowledge and skills necessary,” said Weidman. “The AV industry has the opportunity to use its knowledge of sound, light and motion – and uniquely understands how to ‘humanise’ the technologies that create smart spaces and smart buildings. The AV industry understands how to create exceptional experiences.” Weidman outlined how the STEP (Sustainable Technology Environments Program) process can help integrators move into, and succeed, in the smart spaces/smart buildings market, enabling them to take on the SBT (smart building technology) project manager role. STEP is, he said, voluntary, flexible – adaptable to any ICT system – and equally as applicable to retrofit/renovation projects as to new builds, and to smart spaces as well as smart buildings. “Claim the space!” concluded Weidman. “No-one else has yet claimed it. Think beyond AV. Start with smart spaces – and then go on to claim smart buildings!”
Earlier in the day, Geoff Meads, education manager for CEDIA Region 1, outlined his vision of the opportunity that exists for custom installers in the smart homes market. "We have to start delivering great homes for the average family – for homes with just two or three bedrooms," he stated.