ResiWeek 174: Collateral Damage

How to handle tariff increase questions

On this episode of ResiWeek Mitch Klein from Z-Wave Alliance and Tim Albright of AVNation’s AVWeek join host Matt Scott. Henry Clifford writes in Residential Systems about ways to talk to your residential AV clients about prices increases. Specifically, Control4 is raising prices due to the U.S./China trade dispute. However, Control4 is not alone in this, as most every company that sources products from China will have some sort of increase. The real question is how to deal with it.

The panel also tackles a new feature from Savant and Apple’s Home Kit. Savant will allow dealers and their home owners to turn off breakers in the power panels remotely. Some of our guests didn’t think this was the best idea in the world. The panel then discussed the power of leveraging Apple Home Kit instead of using another proprietary control platform. There is no shortage of control protocols, most of which are proprietary even if they are based on a common computer language.

CEDIA has also changed the timing of their annual awards ceremony. In the past, the CEDIA Awards were held in conjunction with the annual CEDIA Expo. The residential AV organization recently announced they were moving that and combining the awards with their business leadership conference in July.

Host: Matt D. Scott, Omega Audio Video

Guests:

Mitch Klein – Z-Wave Alliance

Tim Albright – AVNation TV

Stories:

ResTech Today – Savant and Apple Home Kit

CEPro – CEDIA moves awards

Residential Systems – Making hay from Control4 price increases

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