Every year more than 20,000 home technology specialists, installers, and business owners attend the CEDIA Expo, one of the most popular smart home and home technology events in North America. It’s a great way to learn about new products, try new technology first-hand, and get a peek at emerging trends that could reshape entire industries. We’ll be there too, joining more than 500 other exhibitors for three days of info-packed workshops and seminars.

This year, the theme of the Expo is all about the pace of technological change and the need to continually transform and disrupt your business to keep up with customer expectations. If you’re a telecom business owner that kind of statement might sound a little unnerving, but it doesn’t have to. It all boils down to staying on top of where the industry is going.

So, with that in mind, here’s a high-level look at three big trends industry pros and innovators will be buzzing about at this year’s Expo.

The demands of streaming next generation video

It’s official, cable TV subscriptions are in a freefall, and on-demand streaming is the new king. That’s not really anything new. Cord-cutting has been on a steady rise for years now, but the emergence of streaming as the new standard in TV is complicated by parallel trends in higher-quality video and display technology.

As we explored in our Resolution Confusion series, the technical hurdles to streaming Next Generation Video (4K, 8K, HDR, Wide Color Gamut) are significant. And this logistical problem is front and center at CEDIA 2019, with several workshops dedicated to this challenge—namely, how to address the future bandwidth needs of the average home.

New formats are about to make their mark

It’s an exciting time in the telecommunications world, with several new formats and standards on the horizon. At CEDIA, attendees will be exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by the rollout of HDMI 2.1, ATSC 3.0, and 5G specifically.

As with any new format, the big question facing specialists is how will these new standards work with existing infrastructure and processes? For something like HDMI 2.1, the answer to that is relatively straightforward, whereas with 5G the answer seems to raise just as many questions.

Taking the Internet of Things beyond the smart home

The Internet of Things market has been growing rapidly for years, but the focus has primarily been on the smart home. Now, industry pros and specialists are eyeing a new trend in this space: More and more consumer interest in having this kind of technology significantly weaved into commercial and industrial sectors. 

This promises lots of opportunities for savvy integrators and providers, including the potential for recurring revenue from ongoing support contracts. The primary areas for integration include using smart tech and AI-enabled tech for energy efficiency, remote monitoring, and security.

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