The growth of the Internet of Things is having a profound effect on the custom install industry, with plenty of new options making it easier than ever to build a complete smart home experience. That’s why CEDIA will putting IoT centre stage at its upcoming Tech Forum, which takes place April 24 at CodeNode in London.

David Mudd, business development director (IoT) at the British Standard Institute (BSI), will be giving a presentation at the close of the Tech Forum day where he will discuss the increasingly significant impact of IoT on the professional home technology sector.

Mudd has over 30 years’ industry experience and has been involved with IoT for the last six years. Originally training as an electronics engineer with the BBC, he then served as an engineering officer in the RAF. Since then he has delivered major secure IT projects for the MoD and complex optical telecommunications projects, before moving into microelectronics and LED lighting, including development of IoT-based smart home systems. For the last two years, he has been providing consultancy and testing services to commercial and domestic IoT-related markets before joining BSI in June.

In his keynote presentation, Mudd will discuss how IoT technology is transforming business today, in terms of organisational performance and customer experience. He will explore the pitfalls — from minor operational inconveniences to huge potential liabilities and brand damage. This will include an up-to-date overview of the current state of the IoT, the opportunities and threats it presents to the industry, how you should engage with the IoT and associated products, how to differentiate from proposed ‘simple, low-cost’ offerings, and key questions to ask potential IoT-enabled system suppliers. Mudd will also explain why home technology businesses should be considering IoT as part of their offering, and which devices and products are likely to offer the greatest value to ensure you stay ahead of the game.