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CONFEDERATION OF AERIAL INDUSTRIES LTD - CAI

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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The Construction Marketplace – East Sussex

East Sussex County Council are holding an event in Brighton for local construction environment businesses to meet main contractors such as Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty. This could be hugely beneficial to CAI members as signal reception and distribution are often overlooked by the building industry. In the long term this could be an opportunity for members to join the public sector framework supply chain around East Sussex. For all the details of the event click HERE.

ITV Transmitter Changes

ITV made technical changes at the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitter groups on 2 February. Viewers may need to retune to continue receiving some channels, including ITV1, where equipment does not update automatically. These changes are being made to ensure viewers receive the correct programming and advertising for their ITV region. Homes served by the Oxford transmitter group will receive ITV Meridian regional news consistently across ITV1, ITV1+1 and ITV HD. Changes will happen at the following multiplexes:

  • Oxford: D3&4 (PSB2), BBC B (PSB3)
  • Ridge Hill: D3&4 (PSB2)  

ITV will advise viewers of the changes via on-screen messages. Retuning help can be found on the Digital UK website at digitaluk.co.uk/retuning or call the Freeview advice line on 03456 505050.

ITV region details for DTT and satellite viewers

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Jane Humphreys OBE to headline Evolving Connectivity 2015

Jane Humphreys OBE will be keynote speaker at Evolving Connectivity 2015 at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 21st May. Jane was has just retired from a distinguished career as a civil servant with Her Majesty’s government. Her work in government has spanned over 40years. When Digital Switchover was officially announced in September 2005 she became Head of Digital Switchover at the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) which later became BERR (Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) and latterly known as BIS (Business, Innovation & Skills).   She moved across from BIS as Head of Spectrum Policy and joined the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) retiring in October last year with an OBE in Her Majesty’s honours list. Jane is now free from ‘toeing’ any government line so it will be a very interesting to hear views on where our trade sector is heading in an internet dominated world.  Click here to view the full story

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Skills Cards for construction site access

There is overwhelming evidence from the number of enquiries being received by the CAI office that more and more installers are being caught by the tightening of restriction to construction site access.  In more and more cases the only way on to a regulated construction site is by possession of skills card identifying you as competent in your trade and familiar with all necessary health and safety demands.
CSCS Find the right card for you Left Margin smallOver the past years many installers obtained temporary or trainee cards by stating and signing they would be undertaking formal qualification training – either industry pathway or vocational.  It is now obvious many of those temporary cards have expired, qualification was not completed and card operators are not re-issuing cards unless proof of competence – i.e. qualification and certification – can be produced.

Thankfully some time ago the CAI secured its ‘Foundation Diploma in Signal Reception’ as a pathway for proving competence to obtain a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card and this qualification is one of the accepted routes to obtaining a card. 

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4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 28 January

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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Trade note issued by Digital UK - 19 January

 ITV regional changes

ITV is making technical changes at the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitter groups on 2 February. Viewers served by these may need to retune on or after this date to continue receiving some channels, including ITV, where equipment does not update automatically. These changes are being made to ensure viewers receive the correct programming and advertising for their ITV region. Following the change, homes served by the Oxford transmitter group will receive ITV Meridian regional news consistently across ITV, ITV+1 and ITV HD.

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New Industry Downloads - 27 Nov

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That's Solent launches new local TV service for Southampton and Portsmouth area

That's Solent, a new local TV channel covering the Southampton and Portsmouth area, went live from 8:15pm on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

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

Following 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.
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