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RDI April News

Read our April Newsletter.. Welcome to the new style of newsletter which has been developed with the feedback of some of our great members. This is also the first time that I have had a 'column' which gives me a great opportunity to update our network and members and share developments and activity. I love feedback and look forward to receiving lots. Firstly, RDI Statement – Spring Cleaning As RDI (UK) Holdings Limited continues to develop its brand and services representing those installers and businesses operating in the digital home space, it has been necessary to consolidate some aspects of the business to prepare for and meet the targets we have set ourselves for this year and beyond. The Registered Digital Institute was originally licensed to operate and use the 'digital tick' trademark, which evolved from the 'pink tick' used during the UK digital switch from analogue to digital TV signals. The Registered Digital Institute has now ceased to trade, with all business transferred to the licensed trademark owner RDI (UK) Holdings Limited. RDI (UK) Holdings Limited had licensed the use of the 'digital tick' to the Registered Digital Institute since 2012 and since the digital TV switch-over no longer forms the main focus of the organisation this part of the business has now been closed.There will be no change to the business services provided under the RDI brand. All membership terms, sponsorship services, operations and activities will continue as normal. Current members and sponsors will not be affected by this business restructure. It's been a busy start to the year and I can't believe that the first quarter is over and done with already. I've been actively talking to members and what is great news is that the start to 2015 has been a great start for most, with an increase in work and a strong pipeline developing for the rest of the year. This is great to hear with the increasing challenges of changing technology and of course the tough economy that has affected so many people in the last year and more. It certainly looks like there is confidence from consumers who are embracing and demanding greater technology in their homes as well as an increase in business to business contract wins. During 2015, I would love all members to share their successes and we can shout about them on their behalf. I have been in business for a number of years and working in different industries has certainly given me a great grounding and sound experience in a number of areas. It has also taught me that you need to be agile and flexible to ensure that you can adapt to change, new technologies and be resilient to challenges. Running the RDI is no exception and as we enter the second quarter of the year we are in a strong position to deliver the strategic elements of our partnerships with sponsors, engage at a high level with consumers and develop our strategies to support emerging markets and support our members in new areas. I will certainly keep everyone updated with progress. What is key is that strong relationships and partnerships formed since developing the RDI will result in a greater service being offered to members and our network including consultancy services, soft skill development for contract fulfilment, sales support plus more to come. 2015 will also see additions to the board which will further strengthen the RDI. I am excited about the developments and working more closely with members and feel that communication is key as well as feedback and I welcome input and comments. Please feel free to email me directly at bev@rdi-online.co.uk In this bulletin you will read updates on training, technology, news from our sponsors and new developments but if there are subjects that you would like to see covered or included, please shout. Connected Home Awareness training launches in partnership with Smart Home projects This month see's the launch of the RDI's new blended training package 'Connected Home Awareness'. Developed through a working partnership with RDI Sponsor 'Smart Home Projects', the package delivers a pre-evaluation questionnaire to first test your upfront knowledge, followed by an eLearning module carrying its own assessment, then on to attend Smart Home Projects brand new RDI approved training centre to complete a practical trainer delivered 1-day course. 'Connected Home Awareness' is an introductory course and blended learning pathway which allows installers to increase their knowledge base and technical ability in relevant Connected and Smart Home areas. The package introduces the Connected Home concepts in a straightforward format and includes topics such as wired and wireless networking, signal and HDMI distribution, SMART television and emerging technologies such as Ultra HD television, telehealthcare and home automation. At the practical course, the topics included start at a basic level such as network connectivity and wireless technology and progress through to more challenging topics such as MAC addresses, firewalls, security and troubleshooting. The majority of the day includes many practical activities working within groups. The first course is available from 28th April at Smart Home Projects brand new 'digital approved' training centre in South London, Kent. Other locations will become available throughout the year. Course cost RDI members £100 plus vat Non-Members £180 plus vat The course package includes pre-evaluation questionnaire, eLearning module, assessment and practical training day. Visit the RDI training page and book online or email your request direct by clicking the button below Send Enquiry For 2015 our newest sponsor AWE Europe celebrates eight decades in business and is growing from strength to strength, today as a lead business in the distribution and training in the smart home and custom install market. The independent family business began trading in 1935 as Radio Menders Ltd and has evolved to what is now a well recognised and successful brand providing products, services and support to the smart home and custom install industry. As well as being an exclusive UK provider of specialist brands, AWE stands out for its customer excellence and recognition and has recently won awards such as the ERT training award, an award with Cedia, plus best distributor award by Essential Install. As a main distributor in the market AWE provides key brands such as: URC, Panasonic, Philips Dynalite, Denon and Marantz, HEOS by Denon, Kinetik, Samsung, Loewe, LG, KEF, HDanywhere, Epson RDI is currently developing blended training pathways with AWE's Smart Home Academy and will soon be offering new courses to its members, which include the option to attend practical training days. Courses in development: Introduction to UHD Introduction to Advanced Audio Systems HDMI Distribution Introduction to wireless and wired networking We look forward to an exciting year with AWE and Smart Home Academy and wish them all the success for the future! To celebrate this exciting news AWE has launched the AWE80 Motorsport Sensation incentive for its registered Customers. If you are a registered customer go to www.awe80.com and enter your details for a chance to join, alternatively you can become a registered customer here. RDI offers an exciting new recruitment service As a member organisation we have talk to a lot of members, affiliate companies and industry contacts and companies, and listen to the services that they either struggle to find, would like the RDI to offer or are looking for a better or more cost effective service. Recruitment has been on the agenda for the past couple of years but the RDI has been passionate about finding the right model and also ensuring that price and service delivered was what was needed and sought after. We are therefore pleased to announce the launch of recruitment services. The visibility and network of the RDI is strong within the field, smart home and technology sector and this places the RDI in an excellent position to support both our members and the industry with their recruitment requirements. Agencies can be extremely costly, whilst placing an advert can result in a lot of admin time managing applicants and replying to them, plus ensuring the advert is written to ensure the best number of applicants apply and making sure that it is advertised in the right places can prove challenging. Our service can take care of all of the above. Firstly it is a fixed cost of £475 for advertising your vacancy for 28 days and you can recruit as many people as you want from the advert at no extra cost. We ensure your vacancy is advertised in the right places and fully branded with your company logo which ensures a better response. No role for a great applicant, no problem, we can place them into a talent bank for you so you can access them when you do have a suitable vacancy, great for planning. You are provided full access to our client management portal where you have access to all the applicants to your job, you access their CV's to assess their suitability and update the system to say whether they are rejected, being considered or being invited into an interview. We ensure that all applicants receive communications and progressed accordingly, making sure that we are working to deadlines creating a great experience for everyone that engages with your company. What make us different is that our Director Beverley has 10+ years within the recruitment market and is the best position to advise and support you with your requirements and is on hand to discuss your plans for the coming months or year and help you to put a plan in place whilst being able to extend discounts for multiple roles, giving you job credits to use throughout the year. As this service is delivered from the RDI we can offer extra services to help with pre-assessments of applicants and build bespoke testing facilities. If you are an RDI member you will receive 10% discount on all services. If you have a vacancy to register, visit rdi-online or if you want to find out more email Beverley at bev@rdi-online.co.uk to arrange to have a call. Antiference showcase their new modulators Antiference were the first sponsor of the RDI and Trevor Paintain, Managing Director and his team are such a great bunch of people. Their attitude in the industry is second-to-none and they at all times show a great passion for their products and high level of professionalism. They have been extremely supportive and fun to engage with. We are delighted to be able to share two new product launches on their behalf. They are extremely busy at the moment and have had an excellent 2014 and year to date but thankfully they have found some time in their business to share these two new great products with us. Transmodulators Antiference have launched a Range of compact transmodulators for converting satellite TV services to digital terrestrial TV channels. The transmodulators can be used to convert overseas satellite transmissions to be included in the channel line up and is also useful when reception of Freeview is difficult. There is also the ability to include an information channel. The range includes a 2 satellite input or a 4 satellite input and units can be connected together to achieve desired number of channels/inputs. Programming is via the DTViface software which can be downloaded from the 'downloads' tab on the product page of the Antiference website. Full HD channel support is included allowing any high definition channel inserted into the unit to be embedded into the mux and appears in full HD on a Freeview HD™ TV set. HD Quad Input Modulator The Conexer™ Quad HDMI (as pictured above) can encode up to 4 HDMI source devices such as SKY™ or Blu Ray and convert the content into digital channels for Freeview HD™ systems. Subsequently the generated channels can be tuned into with any Freeview HD™ TV set, in addition the resolution support is up to 1080p and the output can be configured in DVB-C or DVB-T. The inputs will be assigned to 2 output streams (multiplexes) which are adjacent to each other and the 2nd mux position is controlled directly by the position of the first. Features include:- Channel name edit LCN (Logical Channel Number) UHF/Band III output options The range features 2 products which have been designed to meet the needs of the commercial market as well as the domestic/AV market. Models are available as a shelf/19" rack mounted version (acheived with mounting 'ears') for domestic AV systems (DMHD04D) plus a wall mounted version for use with other Conexer™ modulators & transmodulators (DMHD04C). If you are interested in the above products please click here. Campbell & Kennedy Our sponsor for the past two years are one of those companies who quietly expand and before you know it are operating all over the UK across different sectors and providing an excellent service at the core of everything that they do. They are a happy and passionate team at Campbell and Kennedy and they have been a supportive and interactive sponsor from day one. Their culture is a testament to Gerry Kennedy, Managing Director and his senior management team. Over the past couple of years we have published a variety of news about the success stories and new contract wins that Campbell and Kennedy have achieved and it is with pleasure within this quarters newsletter that the RDI are able to share some more great news. Tom Carnie who has been with Campbell and Kennedy for five years, during which time he has supported the RDI with projects, has been promoted to Technical Director and also agreed to join the board of Directors which took effect from the 1st April 2015. Tom brought a wealth of experience when he joined from the 35 years that he has spent within the industry and throughout the time has been influential in setting industry standards and systems developments, even from the early days of satellite television. The promotion contributes towards the company's growth strategy which should see the company turnover increase from £12m to £15m by the end of 2015. Tom will play a key part in improving the operational side of the business as the company continues to expand and work towards ISO9001 and ISO 14001. Gerry Kennedy said “Tom has been instrumental in helping the company get to where we are today. Tom has a wealth of experience and his technical knowledge is second-to-none, and has a firm grasp on what's required from our engineering teams. As we take on larger and larger projects it's vital that we have a director at board level with a full understanding of the industry and technical side of our business." Campbell and Kennedy's recent successes include being awarded Electrical Contractor of the Year in the SELECT Industry Awards 2014, as well as winning the Delivery of Best Customers Service Award and being highly commended for the Best Environmental Project at the same awards. The RDI certainly enjoy working with Campbell and Kennedy and we wish them all the success to achieve their goals for 2015. Click to visit here. Essential Install Live! 2015 Be smart, sign up for Essential Install Live! South The RDI have worked in partnership with Essential Install Live! for the past couple of years and it is great to see their expansion and be part of their journey. We were there with them at the Northern show and will be with them at the Southern show which is back, bigger and better than ever. Essential Install Live! South is now open for registration and takes place on June 9-10, this year the show is enhanced further with the addition of the new Smart Building Awards and the commercial exhibition floor. Sponsored by Control4 and returning to its home of Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey, Essential install Live! is back in the two day format launched last year to great success. Delivering everything needed to be a success in the commercial or domestic custom install and integration worlds, the show is offering more reasons than ever to take the time to visit. If you are already involved in or are looking to get involved with this expanding sector offering home owners products such as multi-room audio and video, home automation and home cinema experiences, then a trip to the show is a must. Sandown Park offers thousands of free commercial vehicle friendly parking spaces, just park up and walk straight in, no fuss and at no charge. The Learning Zone will also be back this year with exhibitors providing more in depth sessions on their products and services. Show organisers are also very happy to have Control4 back as the main sponsor as the company has once again decided to partner its major UK training event with Essential Install Live! South. Visit www.essentialinstalllive.eu and sign up today The Smart Building Awards Trade awards has also been something closely associated with the show, as the event has hosted the Essential Install Trade Awards in the past. Organisers are delighted to announce that these awards have been over-hauled and re-invented and are now to be called the Smart Building Awards. Reflecting the show's development to represent a wider audience and range of products and services, the Smart Building Awards are open to installers, manufacturers, distributors and service providers working in both the commercial and domestic sides of AV and install. The awards will be supported and promoted by the CE-Pro Europe and Commercial Integrator Europe websites as well as Essential Install magazine and of course the Essential Install Live! shows. Entering the Smart Building Awards is free and could not be easier; entrants simply log on to the specially created website, take note of the criteria of the categories they intend to enter, load the words and pictures for their entry and the job is done. Visit www.essentialinstalllive.eu/awards to view the categories and get involved! Exhibitors Appearing at Essential Install Live! South 2015 ACA-Apex, Aldous Systems, All Rack, Alltrade, Amina, Anthem AV Solutions, Antiference, Arcam, Artcoustic, Asheridge Communications, Aten, Atlona, Attock Network Products, AWE, Basalte, Bespoke Telecoms, Blustream, Cable Management Warehouse, CEDIA, Clever Acoustics, Connector Co, Control4, Door Entry IP, Epson, Eyestones, Frame Your TV, FS Cables, Future Automation, FutureShop Ltd, GHS Special Projects, Genesis Technologies, Gira, GJ Electronics, Habitech, H B Litherland, HDanywhere/HD Connectivity Group, HD Media Partnership, Home of Technologies, Ikon AVS, IMP Products, Invision UK, Ivory Egg, Janus Technologies, Jones Designs, Karma AV, Kramer, Lee Security, Leon Speakers, Merit LILIN, Monitor Audio, North Building Technologies, NWX, Outclass, Philex, PictureFrame.TV, Planet Leasing, Pro Audio Stash, Promax, Rako, RGB & Savant Systems Europe, Sanus, Seada Technology Ltd, Sensible Heat, Starscape Star Ceilings Ltd, StudioMaster, SY Ltd, TDI, Teldis , Tenways, Theben, The Multi-Room Company, The TV Shield, TOA, Triax, Turnstone AV, TVDB2B, UKEuroAV, Unicam, Xclusive AV, Zeevee It is on track to be their best show ever and we strongly encourage all our members to take the trip and visit the show. About RDI The digital sector is growing fast and as technology and infrastructure expands, the need for suitably trained and reputable tradesman increases.The requirement for additional skills to enable tradesmen to offer their customers a wider portfolio of services is growing. Keeping up with emerging technologies and being provided with the knowledge of how these technologies interconnect and communicate is important to our members. It is vital that RDI supports its members in this process and provides relevant news, information, services and training. RDI has evolved, here's what we do today: - Provide our consumer website getmedigiital.com which receives thousands of visits per month. Membership and use of the digital tick (categories from sole trader to large corporates) Free or paid advertising on our consumer website getmedigital.com Covering 23 skill areas, you can attach these to your personal skill profile, highlighting to your customers the full range of skills you can provide Training, eLearning and practical based, covering a range of areas such as Custom Install, Home Automation, UHD, Working Safely at Heights, including design and consultancy aspects. We are working with a range of great training partners, such as Smart Home Academy, Smart Home Projects, Cedia and many more Member Services, providing access to exclusive member benefits such as IT, Legal, Insurance, Fuel benefits with many more exciting services to come! Job Leads, provision of job leads generated from our Consumer website and network partners Web Stats, providing you statistics showing how many customers search and visit your page (getmedigital 'free' listings show up to 50 visits per month). News and Blogs, including huge social media activity keeping you up to date on all things digital, we keep you in the know.. Sponsorship, we continue to attract sponsors to help support our members, future strategies and growth Public WiFi accreditation, backed by Government (recent Customers Tesco, Starbucks, Samsung), check out the stores for the digital tick.. Events and exhibitions, watch this space! Recruitment services, focusing on the digital sector, see RDI Recruitment RDI 2015 is an exciting place to be, with many new ideas, a growing network of members and associates and a greater portfolio of training and services. See how you can increase your visibility through advertising on getmedigital Click approved logo for example contact us to discuss your requirements and let us support your business. Please follow and support us by liking our pages

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RDI April News

Read our April Newsletter.. Welcome to the new style of newsletter which has been developed…

ERT Awards 2015 are open for entries

Are you a great retailer or manufacturer?Entries for the most prestigious electrical industry awards are…

Ofcom Identifies Candidate Spectrum for Future 5G Mobile

The United Kingdom's telecoms regulator has today published an update on their preliminary work to…

Ofcom Identifies Candidate Spectrum for Future 5G Mobile Broadband

The United Kingdom's telecoms regulator has today published an update on their preliminary work to design a regulatory approach for future 5G (5th Generation) based Mobile Broadband technology, which identifies several bands in different parts of the 6GHz to 100GHz radio spectrum range that could be candidates for the service.Broadly speaking 5G will need to be diverse enough to operate in lower frequency spectrum than 6GHz, although most of the current solutions being developed or experimented on tend to operate in significantly higher frequency bands like 28GHz or 73GHz (here); this is where you get the best / peak capacity speeds of 10Gbps+ (Gigabits per second).At present Ofcom's latest update notes that there is “no consensus amongst stakeholders" on specific bands to prioritise for further study, with some stakeholders indicating that it is currently too early to exclude any band for study. Never the less the regulator has identified several bands that it thinks would be “relatively straightforward to make available in the UK" (i.e. less conflict with other services and their international harmonisation goals).Ofcom also said they were considering whether radio spectrum in other bands, such as 3.6 to 3.8GHz and 3.8 to 4.2GHz could be used for 5G.Ofcoms Statement“We think these bands may be relatively straightforward to make available in the UK compared to other options within the range 6 – 100 GHz (although the 10 GHz band is likely to be significantly more challenging than higher frequency bands) and could have potential for being harmonised and developed for future 5G use globally. However, this does not guarantee that these bands will be adopted in the future or preclude other bands being added."Meanwhile some trickier bands, such as 43.5 to 45.5GHz, 71 to 76GHz and 81 to 86GHz, are also being considered. But their use by existing services and technical restrictions make these more challenging than the above table.Part of the aim here is to achieve 1GHz of bandwidth per operator for 5G, but some of the bands simply don't have the spare capacity for that without creating problems for existing services. Apparently this was a particular problem for spectrum in the 6-30GHz range (e.g. Ofcom has so far only identified 2x100MHz at 10GHz), although it's possible that this may still be “re-examined with a significantly lower bandwidth requirement" (e.g. 500MHz or 250MHz).In any case the first commercial 5G deployment isn't expected to surface until around 2020 and it's hoped that some agreement on global harmonisation will be reached before then when the matter is discussed during future World Radio Communication Conference (WRCC) events in 2015 and 2019. At present all of this discussion is still extremely preliminary and subject to change.

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RDI April News

Read our April Newsletter.. Welcome to the new style of newsletter which has been developed…

ERT Awards 2015 are open for entries

Are you a great retailer or manufacturer?Entries for the most prestigious electrical industry awards are…

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welcome

The RDI is the digital sectors professional body and trade organisation;

Our remit is to represent our growing membership base of sole traders, installation companies, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, service providers and partnering sponsors. Our goal is to ensure that our members and partners are provided the latest information on digital technology and infrastructure, to provide access to training and skills development, access to relevant industrial, governmental and regulatory information to promote high levels of workmanship, safety and customer support; and to provide relevant services to help promote, develop and grow their businesses.

The RDI welcomes all like-minded professionals and businesses to join its successful organisation.

key benefits

RDI has evolved, here's what we do today: -

  • Membership of the RDI and use of the digital tick (categories from sole trader to large corporates)
  • Free advertising on our consumer website, including choices to upgrade for greater company exposure, see www.getmedigital.com
  • 23 tradesman skill areas, you can attach these to your company skill profile
  • Training, eLearning and practical based, covering all areas, including design and consultancy
  • Member Services, providing access to exclusive member benefits such as IT, Legal, Insurance, Fuel benefits and many more
  • Job Leads, provision of job leads generated from our Consumer website and network partners
  • Web Stats, providing you statistics showing how many customers access your company details
  • News and Blogs, including huge social media activity, keeping you up to date on all things digital
  • Sponsorship, we continue to attract sponsors to help support our members, company strategy and growth
  • Public WiFi accreditation, backed by Government (recent members Tesco, Starbucks, Samsung), check out these stores for the digital tick. See www.friendlywifi.co.uk
  • Events and exhibitions, watch this space!
  • Recruitment services, focusing on the digital sector, see RDI Recruitment
  • Regular business, technical and industry updates


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