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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Home Awareness training launches in partnership with Smart Home
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
'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
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.
RDI members £100 plus
Non-Members £180 plus vat
The course package includes pre-evaluation
questionnaire, eLearning module, assessment and practical
Visit the RDI
training page and book online or email your request direct
by clicking the button below
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:
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com to arrange to
have a call.
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
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.
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
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
Channel name edit
LCN (Logical Channel
UHF/Band III output
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 &
If you are interested in the above products please click here.
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
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
The RDI certainly enjoy working with Campbell and Kennedy and we wish
them all the success to achieve their goals for 2015.
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Install Live! 2015
Be smart, sign
up for Essential
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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..
continue to attract sponsors to help support our members,
future strategies and growth
accreditation, backed by Government (recent Customers Tesco,
Starbucks, Samsung), check out the stores for the digital tick..
Events and exhibitions,
watch this space!
focusing on the digital sector, see RDI
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
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discuss your requirements and let us support your business.
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