Each week, I am highlighting on some of the incredible people who are in the Audio Video Industry. As this blog is mostly about AV insiders, today we are profiling Tristan Graham.
Here is a brief intro about him.
A technology addict with a passion for learning. Formerly from the UK but now living in sunny California with his wife and working through his private pilots license in his spare time.
1. Describe your journey in the AV industry? How did it start?
I was brought on board with TPC some years back at the start of the company to help with the technical development of the product and liaise with AMX to get it to market. Prior to that I was more a consumer so there was a steep learning curve for a while !
2.What do you think are the challenges facing a new person who wants to join the industry.
The constantly evolving face of the industry at the moment and the evolution of the technology provides a constant challenge even for those that do know the industry well. Skills in IP networking and switching are becoming key to the integration of systems and the encroaching world of IoT is causing consumer demands to be so wide and varied.
3.What are the positives of working in this industry
You get to play with lots of new toys and be a part of a new era of AV which will see systems accessible to all consumers rather than just those with the $$$$.
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4.What in your opinion would you change in the industry? What are the negatives that are prevalent ?
More interoperability between manufacturers and some standardization of protocols would help to integrate the wide expanse of different devices available today and in coming years. The closed ecosystem model that many adopted in the past is no longer going to be compatible with consumer demands.
5. How was the process for starting TPControl app? How did you get to start it with AMX?
One of our directors had just had an AMX system installed in his home and it was around the time of the iPhone launch. At that time there were no mobile control solutions for the major home automation platforms so we spotted a niche where we could fit. Using our highly adaptable developer resources we were able to build an early version of the App for AMX and present it to them. With the demand from their clients for mobile control it was a natural fit for us and we agreed to an exclusive arrangement with AMX as the leading provider.
6.If you were going to start over, what would you do differently ?
I think probably we would have kept the solution generic across control systems and this would have given us a greater scope of clientele in the long term.
7.Describe a typical work day for you. What are your daily disciplines?
I don’t tend to have typical days as I’m involved across a wide range of different projects including TPC but I do make sure to at least read some current technology news to keep abreast of changes in the industry.
8.Describe the apps and gear that you use daily which makes you more productive?
I would be lost without my Nexus 6 phone so that I can keep on top of emails and research while at home and on the road !
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