What is CEDIA?
CEDIA stands for the the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. It was founded in 1989 by a group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the up-and-coming electronic systems industry, which was considered more of a hobbyist pursuit during that time.
CEDIA represents 3,500 member companies from around the world that specialize in planning and installing:
- home networking
- home automation systems
- media rooms
- entertainment systems integrated whole-house subsystems providing lighting control, security, and HVAC systems.
The main headquarters for CEDIA is in Indianapolis, Illinois, which provides support for North America, South America, and Asia. CEDIA’s EMEA office, located in St Neots, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom, serves industry professionals in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia and the CIS, Africa, Pakistan, India and the Middle East. There is also CEDIA China which offers education, communication, and contacts within the emerging home technology market in China.
CEDIA serves more than 22,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home, while proving access to services such as:
- Online training through eCourses and webinars, in person training such as “boot camps”, conferences and events workshops, and access to the guides and publications, white papers, and a research library.
- The association’s annual trade event, CEDIA EXPO (the first being held in Amelia Island, Florida), which serves as a meeting point for current and prospective clients, business partners, peers, vendors, leaders, and mentors.
- The CEDIA Career Center connects job seekers and employers in the home technology industry. CEDIA members can submit job openings for posting online and in a e-newsletter that is distributed weekly.
- A support group that ensures the new governmental legislation and regulations do not limit the abilities of CEDIA members to own and operate their businesses. CEDIA develops, monitors and shares information about such legislative and regulatory changes while encouraging participation at the grassroots level.
In addition, CEDIA provides a scholarship program that provides high school seniors and college undergraduates an opportunity to receive financial aid and to begin or continue their post-secondary education in technology, electronic systems, and/or engineering.
CEDIA also helps homeowners find the nearest qualified member in their area to properly design, install and maintain their home electronic system.
All CEDIA members must follow a Code Of Ethics that includes but is not limited to the following:
- ensuring the highest standards of professional conduct
- protecting the public against fraud and unfair practices
- using written contracts that clearly state all charges, services, products and other essential information.
Nakymatone Speakers, a proud member of CEDIA since 2014, introduced invisible speakers at CEDIA EXPO 2014 in Denver Colorado that uses Controlled Resonance Technology (or CRT) as a crucial part of in-wall speaker design. The company demonstrated spacers that accommodated different drywall thicknesses and how the speaker’s full enclosure forces all sound to go out into the room where it is intended. It also showed how a drywaller can position the speakers easily thanks to a convenient handle.