CEDIA EXPO 2005 to bring top professionals into Indianapolis to display newest technologies

EXPO will showcase the industry`s newest trends and technologies September 7-11, 2005, at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA dome in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Ind. - Heralded as the custom electronics industry's top trade show, CEDIA EXPO 2005, hosted by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), will showcase the industry's newest trends and technologies September 7 -11, 2005, at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA dome in Indianapolis.

CEDIA EXPO draws industry professionals from more than 100 countries each year to view home theaters, security systems, whole -house audio, networked lighting and other innovations. More than 25,000 attendees -residential electronic systems contractors, along with manufacturers, distributors, media and other industry professionals -are expected to attend this year's show.

The list of highlights for CEDIA EXPO 2005 includes the keynote address by Ray Kurzweil, a noted inventor, author and technology trendsetter. Some of his accomplishments include developing the first print -to -speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat -bed scanner, the first text -to -speech synthesizer and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating orchestral instruments. Aside from his inventions, Kurzweil has founded and developed nine businesses involving artificial intelligence, written nationally acclaimed books and won numerous awards.

Kurzweil received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Bill Clinton. He also received the $500,000 Lemelson -MIT Prize, the nation's largest award in invention and innovation. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

In addition to the high -profile keynote speaker, industry professionals consider CEDIA EXPO a necessity for growing their custom electronics businesses and staying abreast of industry trends. CEDIA University, the industry's top education program, will offer more than 200 sessions at CEDIA EXPO in 2005.

"Every year thousands of industry professionals find CEDIA EXPO offers critical components for success," said Ray Lepper, president of CEDIA and owner of Home Media in Richmond, Va. "EXPO is the place where new product innovations and technologies are unveiled for the first time. More than ever, it's a must -see event for every company in our industry."

CEDIA University offers members a formalized training program for a career path in the custom electronics industry, where training is accessible and affordable. CEDIA University also provides a professional certification program. Certification helps industry professionals advance their careers while building client relationships and businesses.

"The new attendance records CEDIA EXPO sets every year is a confirmation of our industry's growth and CEDIA's impact on the overall industry," said Billilynne Keller, CEDIA's executive director. "EXPO is the single -largest event for our industry to showcase and experience the newest advancements, plus it's a destination for industry -leading education."

Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome
Indianapolis, Ind.

September 7 -11, 2005 (Wednesday to Sunday)
Trade show floor open September 9 -11 (Friday to Sunday)

Sales representatives
Trade publications
Special interest groups
Industry -related associations

Interior designers

Industry leaders will be recognized and rewarded for their outstanding contributions to the industry. CEDIA EXPO is the only place where these winners are highlighted and showcased.

For updates on CEDIA EXPO 2005, visit CEDIA's Web site at www.cedia.org and click on the CEDIA EXPO 2005 link. The Press Room section under Media Information will also contain updated press information.

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 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the "fourth contractor" in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at www.cedia.org.

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