Recognizing that many of its resellers are crossing the chasm between commercial and residential work, Electrograph Systems has added CEDIA training to its Display Technology Experience (DTE) events.
"The commercial and residential markets are obviously different, but they have many similarities," said Sam Taylor, Electrograph president. As more residential installers apply their talents to commercial work and vice versa, video technology is evolving to meet the needs of both markets. "Aesthetics have become more important on some commercial projects, and as a result, professional video displays are more attractive. In the past, professional gear was more utilitarian."
Nearly half of Electrograph's reseller partners sell into both the residential and the commercial markets, and Electrograph's DTE curriculum now reflects that reality, while breaking new ground as well. For the first time at this fall's DTEs in New York and Fort Lauderdale, resellers will be able to earn CEDIA continuing education credits and NSCA University Learning credits.
A new topic will also join the event's training offerings. CEDIA will debut its new MDU course offering, "Multiple Dwelling Units: Trends, Technologies and Tips to Work Successfully in this Emerging Market", taught by Victor J. Cypher Jr. of EVtek. "MDUs are a growing market segment with strong long-term potential," Taylor observed.
Meanwhile, Electrograph has significantly expanded its residential product offerings. At CEDIA, the company showed its exclusive complement of Revolution HD displays, along with products from several new lines, including Atlantic Technology, HAI, byd:sign, and Cables To Go.
At the upcoming DTE events, Pioneer, Panasonic, NEC, Sharp, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi will show plasma and LCD flat panel displays, home cinema projectors, touch panels, consumer DVDs, mounts and stands, video processors, amplifiers and receivers, wire and cable, video interfaces, and more.