We are all seeing a rise in the adoption of smart sound and vision solutions for even the most modest of homes but against a promise of making life simpler, is a backdrop of endless products, questions of integration and concerns about security vulnerabilities. Sound and vision professionals delving into the smart world could be treading dangerous waters if they don’t take the time to do research first.
That is why industry professionals won’t want to miss out on Building Tech Live at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October 2018, as part of UK Construction Week (UKCW). Designed in consultation with industry associations to deliver educational content, challenging debates and the latest technological advancements in the industry, visitors will have access to seminars, CPD sessions, an Innovation Trail, networking opportunities and more than 10,000 innovative products and 650 exhibitors.
The latest products
Visitors will have first-hand access to the products incorporating the very latest technological advancements in IoT (Internet of Things), lighting, automation, security, communication technology and more.
- LED lighting and technology specialist Aurora, is showcasing its award-winning AOne smart lighting system. Installation only requires an inline dimmer and the connection of its free app before users can control lighting via a remote control or mobile phone.
- GEWISS is talking about its complete home automation system, controlling the air conditioning, lighting and motorised systems.
- Vivaldi, with its made-in-Italy smart multi-room audio solutions, including its updated in-wall amplifier with Bluetooth, FM radio and RDS.
- TLJ Security Systems is launching a new electronic residential multipoint door lock and showing sneak previews of its next-generation smartphone access key.
- Risco is talking to visitors about the new version of their 2-way iWAVE DT/DT PET detectors. The wireless security system offers live video, app support and a web application.
- GE Lighting is helping delegates to find the right lighting mood for every room, and Holm Lighting can share all on its architectural and landscape lighting.
Over at Energy 2018, Integral LED will showcase its low-energy LED products including its back-lit panel which runs at a market leading efficiency of 152lm/W. Carbon 8 Lighting will show its latest designs for high-end commercial and industrial LED Light Fittings.
And it’s not only products for consumers on display. Okappy will demo its job management network that can be shared with customers, employees and contractors; Acumen Insights will showcase its mobile software that delivers state-of-the-art construction and utility service capabilities; and KORE Wireless will be demonstrating how transformative business performance can be achieved through the Internet of Things (IoT) and how visitors can keep up-to-date beyond the show with their ‘Paving the Way to IoT’ podcast series.
The future of construction
The ‘Future of Construction’ theme will run throughout Building Tech Live, via an Innovation Trail exploring the latest innovative ideas, products and systems in the construction industry. Companies include: Canon, GEWISS, Kore, Okappy and My Smart Box, whose smart electronic parcel boxes made them a 2018 honoree at the CES Innovation Awards.
The Future of Construction Hub, in collaboration with Birmingham City University, also provides an immersive opportunity to discover how digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction can deliver the new Government Construction Sector Deal. Coventry University is bringing its virtual reality simulator, used as part of its training for construction students, for all to experience.
With so much to see and do at the show, use your time wisely and arrange a time and date to meet exhibitors via the Building Tech Live website.
Internet of Things
One certainty is that the IoT is here to stay, which is why it features heavily at Building Tech Live.
Visitors will get a real, practical experience of IoT in the Gooee IoT Arena. The arena will showcase Gooee’s award-winning IoT ecosystem with its partnered companies, including Aurora, to provide an insight into their roles in co-creating IoT offerings to end-users.
There will also be several keynote speakers and interactive sessions.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“Building Tech Live is at the heart of our innovation theme this year. What these architectural, communications and connectivity, smart lighting and security technologies offer for commercial and residential fit-outs is mind-blowing.
“This is such a forward-thinking sector, so it is an unmissable event for any smart home and home automation expert who wants to be up-to-date on the latest technology and to see exactly how it all works together.”
Sound and vision professionals will want to ensure they get to the Building Tech Live Theatre, supported by Voltimum and ECA, where they can upskill on the latest electrical regulations, best practice and thinking.
Sessions will cover smart homes, cybersecurity, fire safety and prevention, and will showcase new examples of the sector’s use of augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Must-attend sessions include:
- Government, industry, economics and digital – a transformational trajectory, with Rob Driscoll from ECA;
- What you need to know about the 18th Edition, with Gary Parker from ECA; and
- The smart home for the electrician, with Darren Smith from ECA.
There will be something for everyone across the stages of the extensive seminar programme.
The Digital Construction Hub will delve into digital project case studies and thought leadership on the adoption of BIM and the latest technologies. Speakers include Dr David Greenberg, from EAVE, on IoT and innovation in construction.
Hot issues affecting the whole construction industry will be tackled on the UKCW Stage. Topics including Brexit, the 2019 economic forecast, quality in construction post-Grenfell, and the digital future for construction will be explored and debated.
Invaluable CPD sessions
CPD sessions of interest to all those involved in the vision and sound trade include:
- The Internet of Things security, with Dr Gregory Epiphaniou and Professor Prashant Pillai;
- The direction of energy and sustainability standards within construction, with Dr Gavin Dunn; and
- Sound insulation: a design guide to a quieter life, with Ian French from H&H Acoustic Technologies.
New for 2018 is the Working at Height Stage, sponsored by AIF. 40-minute CPD sessions will be delivered on the trends, developments and techniques in staying safe working tall, including: ladders and stepladders: are you up to standard? and introduction to lighting protection.
Awards, role models and rockaoke
Visitors can celebrate the installers, manufacturers and wholesalers leading the way in the building technology market at the 2018 Voltimum Smart Solutions Awards, hosted by journalist and television presenter Steph McGovern.
The Role Models campaign winner, following the shortlisting of 36 people from more than 130 high-quality entries, will be announced live on the UKCW Stage on 10 October. An extensive and diverse range of professional job titles are among those shortlisted and being celebrated.
The Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux, will also take place throughout the event so look out for beer vouchers from exhibitors and enjoy live bands, street food and rockaoke. There will be a gin and fizz bar and FIX Radio will be broadcasting from the festival for all three days. The Central Bar, located in Hall 11, sponsored by Elliott Group, and the Hall 9 Bar, sponsored by Germany Trade & Invest both provide great opportunities to network.
Free visitor tickets are available now from www.buildingtechlive.co.uk.
Ticket holders have unlimited access to all nine UKCW shows. Build the future at the Build Show, discover renewable energy at Energy 2018; see just what is possible with wood at the Timber Expo; plunge into striking designs at the Surface and Materials Show; understand the latest systems at HVAC 2018; attend the Infrastructure Hub at the Civils Expo; take part in interactive demos at Plant and Machinery Live; and get access to Grand Designs Live.
Keep up to date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at Building Tech Live at www.buildingtechlive.co.uk and on Twitter at @BuildTechLive or using the hashtag #BuildingTech2018.