Welcome to the Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd – CAI

We are the UK’s representative trade association for businesses across the whole spectrum of delivering video, audio and data around the home and commercial properties. Formed in 1978 the Confederation represents installers, manufacturers, distributors & broadcast operators engaged in networking signals to all types of properties.  We are different from most trade bodies in that applicants for membership have to undergo an assessment to check they can achieve compliance to the CAI’s codes of practice & conduct which are recognised by broadcasters and government as best practice. By choosing a CAI member to advise or complete the work you require you are assured of competence & compliance. View the CAI's promotional video - An Overview of the CAI.

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Elite Aerial Services Ltd joins forces with BBC One Programme DIY SOS

DIY SOS CroppedFollowing a Twitter post from BBC One Programme DIY SOS requesting assistance with finding an aerial installer for a project in the Swansea area, the CAI contacted our Welsh members for their help. We are delighted to confirm our member Elite Aerial Services Ltd will be taking part in the 'Big Build' helping deserving people in DIY Hell. Thank you to all those members that responded to our @DIYSOS post and email. Great to see so many CAI members willing to help out those in need. Feeling proud of all our members kindness.

CBBC HD to be temporarily removed from Freeview HD in July

CBBC LogoCBBC HD will be taken off Freeview HD from the 16th July to make way for an extension of BBC Three's broadcast hours in time for the Commonwealth Games. BBC Three will be covering the Games in July and early August.

Garazi Gola, the BBC's acting Director of Distribution confirmed the move in a BBC post, advising viewers that; ‘any series links set for CBBC HD will not record and will need to be reset for CBBC SD if you want to continue to record the programme during the Commonwealth Games.’

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4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 1st July

Mobile phone operators are now rolling out 4G networks across the UK to provide super-fast wireless broadband. The 800 MHz frequencies used by some 4G services are next to the frequencies used for Freeview. There is a small chance this may cause disruption to Freeview services.

Typical symptoms include a loss of sound, pixelated images or loss of some or all Freeview channels. Cable and satellite TV services are very unlikely to be affected.

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Safe Working at Height – Republic of Ireland

Good news for the trade in the Republic of Ireland. The CAI is pleased to announce that their consultant partners – CSS Worksafe Ltd – have secured premises in Mullingar, in Westmeath, Ireland from which they can deliver the CAI’s Safe Working at Height with ladders training course. The course is essential to new applicants for membership who may not have completed any formal certification of competence is using ladders as a working platform.   Proving you are competent with PPE and a fall restraint system is fundamental when applying to join the CAI. The CAI wishes CSS every success with this new extension to their growing business and hopes more installers will make use of the facility and so ensure installers are working as safely as possible when using ladders for work.

The address for the course venue is; Unit 2, Zone C, Mullingar Business Park, Mullingar, Westmeath. For full details of how to enrol on CAI approved training for any aspect of health & safety in the work place - http://cai.org.uk/t/training-courses/59-safe-working-at-heights-with-ladders


New Industry Downloads - 23 July

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Click Link to Download http://www.cai.org.uk/downloadables/viewdownload/5-general-documents/557-local-tv-line-up-16-july-2014

Local TV in Belfast, Leeds and Newcastle set for an Autumn Launch

Three more local TV stations have received their official licences from Ofcom allowing them to launch a service on Freeview LCN8  in the Autumn.Local TV stations serving Belfast, Leeds and Tyne and Wear will launch on DTT (Freeview, YouView, BTVision) , with Made in Leeds and Made in Tyne and Wear also launching on Sky.

  • Belfast's NvTV's local TV licence commences on 29th September 2014. NvTV ran the local TV service on analogue television, and its digital service is set to appear just under two years after the analogue counterpart disappeared from the terrestrial airwaves at digital switchover.
  • Made in Leeds has a licence that commences on 1st October 2014.
  • Made in Tyne and Wear's licence commences on 15th October 2014.

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Safe Working at Heights with Ladders – New In-House Training from the CAI

The CAI is pleased to announce it is now in a position to offer a Safe Working at Height (SWAH) with ladders course at member’s work-based locations.SWAH Image 3 Border

After the overwhelming welcomed response to the SWAH refresher assessments, the CAI is reacting positively to member requests for a 1-day knowledge and practical training course that can be conducted ‘in-house’ to avoid days of travel and accommodation with the resultant down-time that costs work and money. Whilst already certified installers can be re-assessed at work and avoid a costly trip to training centres, new recruits still have to make somewhat laborious and costly arrangement to attend a training centre, which can be a considerable distance from their place of work.

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New Connectivity logo for CAI members

Connected Home BorderCAI members who have evidence of competence in home networks will soon be able to make use of a new logo available to signpost the fact they are skilled in signal reception and broadband connectivity. The CAI has designed a new logo that members will be able to display on all promotional material and vehicle livery having proved competence in new home technology networks. There will be different colour and background options available to best match the logo application as well as a variety of strapline wordings that can accompany the logo depending on the level of qualification.

Members who have completed the CAI Basic Home Connectivity course will automatically qualify to use the new ‘tick’ logo - as will Foundation Diploma achievers who included basic connectivity in their diploma portfolio.

Members who are competent in home connectivity, but do not have a certificate to prove it, can opt to undertake a work based assessment of their connectivity skills by the CAI membership assessment team.

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Vestel Freeview Box Software Updates

There is a v2.58 software fix available for Vestel T8300 Freeview HD boxes, badged using various brand names listed in this bulletin. Boxes running v2.54 or older will find that they can only pick up a single HD (DVB-T2) mux and with the COM7 mux rollout well underway, this means that the box has to be updated to v2.58 in order to pick up all the HD channels available.

It looks like there will be no over-the-air update as the DTG’s engineering channel site is not showing any scheduled releases. However, the relevant receivers can be manually updated via USB or RS232 connections.

There is service bulletin with full details on how to manually apply the update and obtain links to the software files.  CLICK HERE

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