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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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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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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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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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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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Freeview Mux Listing - 29th September Update
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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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New Connectivity logo for CAI members

connected home logo 400pxCAI 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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