With the dramatic swing of trade towards data networking around the home as well as linear TV, the CAI has opened up a new category of membership. Hopefully it covers off the new scope of works many installer members of the CAI now find themselves working. The assessment officers find themselves looking at more than DTT and satellite installations, with system installers stretching far beyond the IRS as we know it with the inclusion of broadband and IPTV on many large distribution systems.
CAI has been a regular editorial contributor to Construction National magazine and the magazine’s website www.constructionnational.co.uk is currently receiving over 270,000 hits each month of which some 7,000 are unique visits. The audience for Construction National includes contractors & developers, consultants, house builders, Government departments, quantity surveyors, architects and educational establishments.
The CAI will be holding our Gala Awards Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 25 April 2017 at the Arden Hotel & Leisure Club, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EH.
The Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) is celebrating another major milestone in its 38 year history by today launching its new consumer website dedicated solely to the viewer and listener needing help with signal reception and networks.
The Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) as the UK’s leading trade association for the home entertainment installation industry is about to launch a major new initiative with the viewer and listener in mind. The CAI has for 38 years been the first choice reference point for broadcasters, government and the construction trades when advice is needed on signal reception and network distribution around the home or business.
The CAI’s technical committee has just completed what has amounted to a mammoth amount of work on a code of practice for home networks.
TV and radio users in the Plymouth area have been told to expect some disruption to services this week, with local transmitters the subject of engineering work.
The CAI has produced an explanatory document following a number of calls and enquiries regarding the availability of channels on additional Freeview Commercial HD multiplexes (COM7 & COM8) that have emerged in some areas, along with a local carriage mux. Members can issue this single page document to clients when the message of areas being ‘out of range’ of the additional muxes is not being understood or accepted.
The number of standard definition channels only available to viewers with newer Freeview equipment continues to grow with the addition of new channels using newer DVB-T2 technology.
TrustMark, the organisation for government supported standards in service trades, have commenced the rollout of their new, updated website and associated database. Undertaking a phased approach, Phase 1 is nearing completion. They are rolling out a significant number of changes to the website including a change to the ‘look and feel’. Due to this being such a significant update to the all the systems and the website please let us know if you should come across any areas that do not function as you expected and will pass on your findings.
To make way for extensive coverage of the Olympic Games, a number of BBC services are being shuffled around to make room for programmes. In summary these are as follows:
The BBC has issued another warning about TV and radio problems due to the current atmospheric conditions across parts of the UK.
By now all CAI members will have opened a letter from the CAI outlining our quest to establish an apprenticeship scheme for our trade. We need 10 member companies or individuals who can form a working group that will write the standards for a new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme. Trailblazers are a fairly new concept endorsed by the government and established by the industry for the industry – not a qualification developed in the normal school or college frameworks. There is a general feeling that we need our own pathway for our specialism – rather than a scheme ‘bolted’ onto an existing framework – as was the now defunct NVQ in Signal Reception that was joined up with consumer electronics and domestic appliances. The CAI being a trade association can only spearhead this campaign and facilitate or moderate the group. There is a restriction on the part trade bodies can play here.
This summer the CAI has decided on stand presence at the annual ‘Essential Install Live!’ show at Sandown Park on 6th -7th July. The decision to attend marks a turn-around in fortunes for the CAI as it continues to attract more installers who engage directly with smart home technology in the connected home.
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