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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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  • Enhance or kick-start your career or business towards success with CAI training.
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  • The end of analogue TV and a completed switch to digital has freed frequency spectrum that can be used for other services now that TV services make more economical use of what was purely TV transmission bandwidth.
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New Distributing Member joins the Confederation

Blu Orb Ltd based in Norwich has joined CAI and hold membership number M.1835. Congratulations to Dan King and all the Blu Orb team. We wish you all the very best with your new membership. Full company information can be found on the following link, http://tinyurl.com/nbm2ofp.

Welcoming RB Electronics into CAI Membership

Congratulations to RB Electronics based in Boston, Lincolnshire on their new membership with CAI Ltd holding membership number C.1834. Full company information can be found on the following link, http://tinyurl.com/p7d7bk7.

We would like to wish Richard all the very best for the future with his new company membership.

New Industry Downloads - 29 Sept

Members-Home Buttons Styled Download SMALL  Local TV Line Up  - 29th September Update
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Freeview Mux Listing - 29th September Update
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The updated Local TV mux slide reflects:

After a near 2 years absence, Local TV returned to Northern Ireland today at 6pm, when NVTV took to the airwaves of the Greater Belfast area.

NVTV was one of the few that broadcasted in analogue prior to digital switchover. 

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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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Spectrum Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Ltd are CAI Members

Congratulations to Spectrum Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Ltd based in Erdington, Birmingham on their new membership with CAI Ltd holding membership number C.1833. They are a systems installers but also carry out varied works in the Security, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing trade. Full company information can be found on the following link, http://tinyurl.com/owacnd8.

We wish Andrew and the Spectrum Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Ltd team in Surrey all the very best for the future with their new membership.

4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 3 Sept

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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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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