news CAI announces speakers for Evolving Connectivity 2017 T

he Confederation of Aerial Installers (CAI) show team have announced that

more speakers have come on board since the new ‘Evolving Connectivity’ website was launched last year. The Evolving Connectivity 2017 event, to be

held on Wednesday April 26 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, will aim to address the key topics in the field of signal distribution and the future of TV and connected homes. 9.30am - Registration – Show Opens 10.30am - CAI chairman Les Hampson Introduction & Welcome - CAI growth and development in the new era of audio visual delivery. 10.45am - TrustMark chief executive Simon Ayers TrustMark, Codes & Consumer Charters - The impact of the Bonfield Review on consumer advice, protection and standards for businesses delivering service solutions to the home. 11.45am - Freeview marketing director Owen Jenkinson The future of live, linear TV - A Freeview overview of strategy for a hybrid future, whilst also questioning the strength of internet delivered TV and mobile viewing.

Augmented reality ‘could add £1bn’ to UK retail market


he UK’s retail market could be boosted by as much as £1bn a year,

if consumers were given access to visualisation technology that allowed them to virtually place products in their own homes before committing to costly purchases, new research has suggested. Virtual and augmented reality platforms

have enjoyed increased attention thanks to apps like Pokemon Go at the end of last year. But now new research has shown the genuine commercial benefit of these technologies to the UK's retail economy, after revealing that millions of customers would be more likely to make purchases if they could preview products in a virtual setting first. It found that more than a third of consumers

have walked away from making purchases in the last 12 months, just because they couldn’t imagine what products would look like in their homes. This “imagination gap” has emerged as a serious concern for UK retailers, particularly

12.30pm - DUK 700MHz programme director Kate Macefield 700 MHz reallocation - An update on plans as we head towards a pilot scheme for 70 0 MHz reallocation. 2.30pm - DTG head of wireless technologies Alex Buchan & Mandercom Ltd director Peter Barnett DTG – R-Book 7 & RED in the face - A look at the additions to R-Book 6 which will include Sky Q distribution and 700 MHz information resulting in R-Book 7 plus RED in the face - 'you will be if you are not compliant'. 2.45pm - Freesat head of supply chain Andy Carr Freesat - Wideband, the single cable and channel stacking. 3.30pm - Sky UK business development manager Gareth Jones Sky TV & Sky Q - The independent installer registration scheme. 5.00pm - Evolving Connectivity 2017 Closes

For anyone wishing to attend the event, registration is available at www. visitor-registration.

those selling home interior products, with 56% of homeowners planning to make some kind of home upgrade in 2017 with budgets ranging from £500 to more than £3,000 per project. David Levine, CEO of Manchester based

technology company DigitalBridge, which commissioned the independent report, said: “With so much uncertainty already swirling around about the future of UK retail, businesses need every advantage they can get to remain competitive. “With as much as £1bn of revenue up for

grabs in the home décor market alone, retailers can no longer overlook the value of virtual and augmented reality as a commercial tool. More than half of the consumers who took part in this survey said they would be more likely to make a purchase after using this technology.” He continued: “These types of visualisation

tools could be the ‘undo button’ to home interiors that consumers have been calling for. Just imagine the benefits a customer would get from a retailer that allowed them to preview any product they wanted using nothing more than a picture taken on a smartphone.” • For the full story, head to www. augmented-reality-could-add-1bn-to-uk- retail-market/

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GDHA invests £1.5m in its range cooker business


omestic appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

(GDHA) has released a film to mark a £1.5m investment to its 26-acre manufacturing site. GDHA notes that the investment has

ensured the introduction of a number of new added-value features including one-piece, tempered steel frames on all range cookers, elevated pan supports, precision control knobs and one-piece hotplates made from catering- grade stainless steel. GDHA believes the resulting ‘significantly expanded’ collection of range cookers will cement the company’s reputation for providing high performance appliances which offer value for money for the consumer. To mark the investment in its manufacturing

facilities, GDHA has released a film that demonstrates the build of one of its new products - the Belling Farmhouse 90G - from beginning to end and features some of the dedicated craftsmen from the assembly line. GDHA chief executive Denver Hewlett said:

“As a business, we are committed to continuous improvement and this investment is designed to develop our business, sending a clear message to our customers about our plans for growth. We are focused on ensuring that our customers receive the highest quality products at a competitive price, which is why we’ve invested in new products.” He continued: “I believe our latest products

mark the beginning of a new era of range cooker production for Glen Dimplex Home Appliances. We produced this film because we want to celebrate the next stage of our development as a manufacturer and to showcase the talented craftsmen behind our products. Our appliances aren’t mass-produced by machines; they’re built by hand, from the ground up, by dedicated teams and we are very proud of that.”

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