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ResiWeek 344: Town Halls

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Gee, this Matt guy sure gets around. Everywhere but this very podcast! But unlike him, news is here every single week, and we’re here to look at the latest stories from the residential side of the AV industry. Thankfully Rich Fregosa has given us his time to play host and join a panel consisting of Executive Editor for Residential Tech Today and CEO of Josh.ai Alex Capecelatro.

Despite his absence, Matt still found the time to hand off this story that comes from Denver, concerning thousands of homes that lost control of their thermostats from an ‘energy emergency.’ These 22,000 Xcel users were locked out of their controls for hours last Tuesday, which was confirmed by the company. The users had signed up for this program and gained compensation for it, but a situation like this never had to come about… Until now. For some clients, this may be their first real understanding of the power of the cloud, and certainly aren’t going to have fond memories with it. How do integrators who are installing these devices avoid getting the flack, since at this point we’re just the proverbial messenger?

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CEDIA Expo 2022 is set to take place in Dallas from September 29th to October 1st. We’re going to see the latest innovations in the residential space and catch some interesting seminars. One such meeting will be the Advocacy Town Hall Breakfast, looking at how to support the local integrator in the midst of regional legislation and regulations. As such, we look at what organizations like CEDIA are doing for our industry and what integrators can do to make their voices heard in these situations. We also take a second to acknowledge Carol Campbell earning the Lifetime award from CEDIA as well as Peter Aylett (friend of the show!) being honored as a CEDIA Fellow.

Speaking of town halls, Crestron recently held their own event with a surprisingly amount of candidacy concerning supply chains and product availability. Just in case you weren’t sure if we were going to go an episode without talking about shortages! There’s been no doubt that this crisis is a serious blow for technology sectors like the AV industry, but if a big company like Crestron is struggling what can we do? Discussing what the future might hold as we try to ride out the storm.

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