CEA, CEDIA Announce Software for Architectural Drawing Symbols

Softward can be used in Microsoft Viso, AutoCAD and More

Arlington, VA, July 27, 2015 - Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee today announced the availability of software versions of the symbols defined in the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. This new standard, announced in April, defines a common set of floor plan icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, products and devices in residential and commercial environments.


Standardized symbols on plans allow architects, designers, builders and electronic systems contractors (ESC) to share information, making home technology planning and design easy. Layouts designed with symbols help to minimize miscommunication among all parties involved by easily identifying the locations of installed technologies, whether they are equipment, devices, sensors, control interfaces or cabling. Software file formats for symbols are in black and white and include:

.dwg for use with AutoCADD and compatible software
.vss stencils for use with Microsoft Visio
.png graphics with transparent backgrounds
.jpg standard graphic format with white backgrounds
.gif graphics with transparent backgrounds
.tif graphics for printing, non-transparent

"Not only was the architectural drawings standard a huge milestone for the low-voltage industry," said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, for OnQ Legrand and NuVo; and Chairman of CEA's R10 Residential Systems Committee, "But it took the very important step of providing the actual symbols themselves! All of the actual symbols are included with the standard in trusted industry formats, which can be loaded into your favorite design and layout software tools."

"CEA was very pleased to work with CEDIA and InfoComm on this important industry standard," said Dave Wilson, vice president of technology & standards, CEA. "Common symbols will help to ensure that home design projects are completed as planned, no matter who does the planning or who does the building."

Symbols software may be purchased at www.bedrocklearning.com or www.CEDIA.net. The recently published standard is available free of charge through TechStreet and the CEDIA Resource Library.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org, InnovationMovement.com and through social media: CEA Social Media

About CEDIA:
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at www.cedia.net. Follow @CEDIA on Twitter, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CEDIA.Region2, or join the CEDIA group on LinkedIn.

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