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CEDIA Reveals 2016 Awards Shortlist

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GuildhallCEDIA releases the shortlist for the 2016 Awards before the nominees go through the final round of judging later next month. The industry also has a say, since voting for Best Trade Supplier, Best Innovative Product and Best Training Initiative By a Trade Supplier is open for both members and non-members.

“The standard of entries this year has been incredibly high and after receiving a record number of entries, our judges found it incredibly challenging to select the final shortlist,” the association says. “It is great to see such a large number of international projects, with a significant increase in applications from India and S. Africa. The entries have highlighted that our members are continuing to push themselves by embracing new technology and finding innovative and exciting ways to ensure they always deliver on the client’s brief.”

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CEDIA Offers Customised Profit Action Plan

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Installers with a CEDIA membership now have access to the Profit Action Plan-- a customised report outline how one's company compares to others of similar size, the industry median and the most profitable companies.

CEDIA Profit PlanGetting the Profit Action Plan involves filling a short questionnaire and the submission of balance sheets and income statements to the CEDIA confidential project vendor, Profit Planning Group. In turn, the output comes in the shape of a personalised 25-page report and a Profit Tool Kit, an online worksheet allowing professionals to easily test and plan improvements to increase profitability.

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Qorvo Acquires GreenPeak Technologies

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GreenPeak

Qorvo (an American-based provider of core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) signs to acquire privately-held GreenPeak Technologies, a leader in ultra-low power, short range RF communication technology who celebrated the shipment of its 100 millionth ZigBee chip to the smart home market in 2015.

The acquisition of Netherlands-based GreenPeak will allow Qorvo to expand its customer offering to include highly integrated RF solutions and systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the connected home and the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT).

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Rovi Buys DVR Maker TiVo

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Entertainment company maker Rovi acquires DVR STB maker TiVo for $1.1 billion-- creating a single company running under the "iconic TiVo brand" with Rovi CEO Tom Carson as leader.

Rovi stb"Rovi’s acquisition of TiVo, with its innovative products, talented team, and substantial intellectual property portfolio, strengthens Rovi’s position as a global leader in media discovery, metadata, analytics, and IP licensing,” Carson says. “It’s an exciting time as the media and entertainment landscape undergoes a significant evolution.... By working together, Rovi and TiVo will revolutionise how consumers experience media and entertainment and at the same time build value for our stockholders."

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CEDIA Brings Groups to EMEA

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Following a successful US launch CEDIA brings CEDIA Groups to EMEA-- a peer-to-peer networking initiative providing an opportunity for installers to talk shop and share best practices with peers.

CEDIA Each group involves the discussion of challenges and opportunities members face in a confidential and non-competitive manner. Groups take place monthly over teleconferencing or webinar, and as the association puts it the groups allow companies to tap into a deep knowledge base and learn from each other.

The group sets an own agenda and structure, and gets a team leader and CEDIA resources based on the needs of the participants.

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Legrand Buys More Networking With Luxul

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Home and commercial automation vendor Legrand buys IP networking provider Luxul Wireless, adding to a stable of brands including the likes of On-Q, Vantage, Middle Atlantic, QMotion and NuVo, among others.

Legrand LuxulFinancial details of the deal are not available.

Luxul provides networking for custom integration systems aimed at residential and SMB applications. According to Legrand such capabilities make Luxul products highly in demand, especially when one considers the current growth of internet of things (IoT) and automation systems.

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Portrait Displays Buys SpectraCal

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SpectracalTwo display enhancement and calibration tool developers become one as Portrait Displays acquires SpectraCal, creating a "leading end-to-end provider of display control, custom software and colour accuracy-solutions."

Financial details of the acquisition are not available.

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