Technology Integrator: Specialized Skills for the Smart Home

The shopping list of digital devices designed for the home seemingly grows daily. Video and audio entertainment components; gaming systems that are increasingly lifelike in the player interaction they allow; and home comfort and security systems deliver big returns on improving the quality of life. And these come at prices that are increasingly within the budget of the average consumer.

While many of these devices and systems carry the “plug and play” label, getting them to work properly, either along with or as part of an integrated home network, can still be challenging for even the most tech-savvy homeowner.

This is especially true in multiroom, networked entertainment configurations and when home control systems are involved. The typical consumer is not able to effectively integrate all home systems. That’s opened the door for business and employment opportunities for individuals who are trained, experienced and certified in digital home technologies.

Strong Market Growth Continues

In 2007, the U.S. consumer electronics industry totaled $161 billion in overall shipment revenues, according to “The 10th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study” published this spring by the Consumer Electronics Association (www.ce.org). Even with the current economic uncertainty

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