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The Final Countdown – it’s show-time!

NMMIn the UK’s fastest developing service sector it has never been more imperative to stay up-to-date on what areas are moving the quickest. The show hosted by the CAI at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 21st May is now the only surviving national event serving the signal distribution industry.   Evolving Connectivity (2015) has developed its own evolution by covering everything related to content delivery in the home. The show that began nearly 40 years ago as simply a trade fair for aerial manufacturers has evolved in the fastest changing landscape of all - consumer electronics. This has included, terrestrial UHF TV, direct-to-home satellite, the switch to digital and now the connected home via broadband.

The success of the show has always hinged on two major ingredients. Firstly the steadfast support of CAI manufacturers and distributors who rent the stand space and secondly the seminar programme that relies on industry supporters who see the value of the show to communicate a verbal and visual message to the installer trade. This year we have possible the best turnout on both fronts. We have completely sold out all available space providing you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the suppliers and secondly the speaker list – signalling disappointment for some in there was not the time available to allow everyone stage time. For the sake of economics we’re cramming everything into one day so make sure you book the time to come along and glean everything you need in order to stay confidently on top. There’s now an added item on the agenda in that halfway through show proceedings we will be giving out the CAI Awards for 2015. We have decided for the first time this is a great opportunity to pass out accolades to our fine achievers in front of the largest industry gathering in our trade.

Keep your eye on the event schedule for the timing of the ceremony…

We’re nearly half-way through 2015! The year has been very good to us so far, everything seems to be ‘spring-like’ – help the CAI help you by turning out on Thursday 21st May…

4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 24 April

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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Trusted with TrustMark & the CAI

In a consumer world more and more concerned with using reputable traders, the CAI proudly announced in March that it had been awarded TrustMark scheme operator status for our trade sector.

TrustMark is an organisation that operates a quality mark framework under which 30 Scheme OperatorsTM Colour Large Ticks jpeg work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. Members of the operator organisation, who can fulfil all the criteria, are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. The CAI has become one such scheme administrator.

We are therefore inviting all CAI members, competent to ‘CAI plus’ status, to apply for TrustMark approval and add what we at the CAI believe to be one of the largest benefits of membership for many years in our 37 year-long history as the lead body for the signal reception industry.

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TrustMark appoints CAI - The CAI becomes Scheme Operator

In what is a quantum leap for the its consumer profile the CAI has achieved scheme operator status for TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, enabling installers members to apply for TrustMark trustmark-logostatus so that they can be found by homeowners using the TrustMark post code search facility. In 2014 more than 7.2 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find expert tradespeople.

A mark of quality
TrustMark is a quality mark online trade register which operates a framework under which over 30 Scheme Operators work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent Scheme Operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark Scheme Operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these Scheme Operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.

Click to read more on the benefits, requirements and how to gain the TrustMark Accreditation > http://www.cai.org.uk/about-the-cai/cai-trustmark-scheme

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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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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