Sequester Me
February 18, 2013

It doesn't get as much press as "Fiscal Cliff," but the term sequester could impact AV professionals. Unless another midnight deal is reached, on March 1, 2013 a number of cuts will be put into effect. For those of a Libertarian leaning, the cut to pay to congress is the biggest benefit.

The other portion that concerns us in AV is the cuts to defense. Not that any of us manufacture tanks or aircraft carriers, but a major portion of some integrators and manufacturers' sales go directly to the government. Specifically to the defense department.

Study: Home Automation Shipments Nearly Double
November 21, 2012

Damn the economy, it's full speed ahead for home automation services. According to ABI Research, home automation shipments nearly doubled from last year to this year in the United States.

Spurred by a wave of new entrants, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Verizon and AT&T, North America is acting as a bellwether for home automation deployments and shipments for markets worldwide, according to ABI.

"Home automation adoption is moving into the mainstream as a combination of home connectivity, standardization, and a range of new sensors and devices

Custom Installers Say Business is Up
July 27, 2012

Despite slow economic growth and weak consumer spending in U.S., Azione's custom electronics installers said their businesses were up between 5 and 25 percent.

The Rise of the Hired Gun
July 5, 2011

Recently, something that I've been noticing come up in conversations here
and there in the industry is an exodus of senior installers leaving their
long-term employers and setting themselves up as freelancers, often
subcontracting themselves back to their own former bosses.

Subcontractors are nothing new, obviously. But what makes these freelance
installers stand out to my mind is that, despite being located far and wide,
they share some common traits: they're senior techs, often with as much as
ten years or more of field experience