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STAY SMART WITH INDUSTRY STANDARDS


As smart technology becomes more widely used it has never been more important to keep up with industry standards and regulations. Matt Nimmons, CEDIA’s Director of Operations (EMEA), outlines the importance of staying up to date with industry developments and highlights the latest standard that home technology professionals need to be aware of.

As products, services and industries develop over time professional standards also change and evolve. In the last two years, the rise of the smart home has been exponential. In fact, recent findings from Statista [1], the statistics portal, found the smart home market in the UK is expected to show a revenue growth of 57.4% by the end of 2016. As smart technology becomes more widely used and new products come into the market, the need for a smart home standard is vital.

What Happens If You Fail to Follow Industry Standards?

Failing to follow industry standards can result in serious consequences, such as penalty charges, the right to continue work within this trade and even business liquidation. Other side effects of failing to follow industry standards include:

  • Compromised employee safety – for most home technology professionals, the risk to life is quite minimal. However, as with any job that involves working with electrical systems and equipment, regulations have been put in place to ensure the safety of the technician and client is protected. The Building Regulations Electrical Safety - Dwellings Part P is the latest document to outline electrical safety in residential projects.   
  • Damage to equipment – home technology systems require care and attention to ensure safe, optimal performance. Complying with industry regulations keep equipment operating at or near its designed conditions so that it will efficiently deliver the performance required when needed.

The Latest Standards

Last month, CEDIA collaborated with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to contribute to its latest publication, the ‘Code of Practice for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings’. These standards have been designed to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings.

The newly published ‘Code of Practice for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings’, also known as ‘IET Standards TC4.1 Connected Systems Integration’ or ‘IET PSSI001P’, has been developed to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings. The document outlines the importance of a robust planning process - an essential foundation for any successful project.

CEDIA provided the IET with expert advice and knowledge to ensure the best code of practice for industry professionals.  This includes recommendations for necessities such as the layout of cable routes, equipment space and ventilation, alongside the consideration of network bandwidth and power distribution. The document explores how to improve connectivity, communications networking and connected systems integration for user access in residential and commercial buildings.

Stay Up-to-Date with Industry Standards

It is imperative to stay up-to-date with new and on-going standards to ensure you are providing clients with the best service possible. However, this can be a time consuming and confusing process if you are unsure of where to look.

To help home technology professionals keep on top of the latest standards, CEDIA has created a dedicated section on the website that provides a list of the latest Standards, Code of Practice and other recommended documents that CEDIA believes is relevant to professionals in the smart home industry. All CEDIA members are entitled to receive a 25% discount code off all IET Standards and can receive the code by visiting cedia.co.uk/standards.

Other ways to stay up-to-date with industry news and standards is attending relevant events and educational sessions. CEDIA hosts a vast number of educational events throughout the year, which will always outline the latest skills, standards and requirements when necessary. 

CEDIA also offers official qualifications for passing industry skills tests or completing a home technology programme, providing professionals with certified credibility. Not only does this provide clients with extra recognition of one’s skills and profession, but builds personal confidence and assurance in personal development.   

For more information on industry standards supported and contributed by CEDIA, or to find the latest CEDIA event near you, please visit www.cedia.co.uk