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Partner Conferences from Smart Cities Council, MEA, Gap Intelligence

NEW YORK, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The CE Week conference program will feature industry executives who will explore the latest business strategies and technology innovations in the consumer electronics marketplace.  Conference partners at this year's CE Week include Centricity, Gap Intelligence, Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), and Smart Cities Council who will discuss opportunities for retailers and distributors, autonomous vehicles, smart city technologies and Black Friday trends. CE Week, a global IFA event, will take place June 12-13, Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

CE Week will kick off on June 12 with a keynote panel, How 5G Will Alter the Retail Landscape, addressing what to expect from this year's 5G rollouts and how retailers can prepare. Panelists include: Nick Cherukuri, founder and CEO, ThirdEye Gen, Inc.; Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies; and Jeffrey Davis, Head of Smart Transportation Innovation and Development, Blackberry. Moderator: Marguerite Reardon, senior reporter, CNET.   

Also on June 12, The Powerful Women in CT panel moderated by Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, will feature successful executives in consumer tech and retail who will examine how the industry can improve in the areas of inclusion and equality. Panelists include: Eden Goldberg, VP, marketing and business development, InMotion Entertainment; Alexandra Harding, director, vendor management, IngramMicro; and Aparna Behari, head of distribution, Google.

"CE Week has assembled a top tier group of partners and dynamic line-up of speakers who will explore the latest innovations in consumer technology and discuss best practices to help retailers drive revenue and remain competitive," said Jens Heithecker, executive director, IFA, producer of CE Week and EVP Messe Berlin. "The conference program will examine a wide range of technologies including 5G networks, autonomous vehicle innovations, smart city infrastructure – along with Black Friday trends and the customer service and support experience."

Partner Conferences

Smart Cities Council will also explore the ways cities and suppliers and can best facilitate and leverage 5G networks in their communities. The panel, 5G Networks: The Keys to Smart City Growth will include:  Bernard Borghei, co-founder, EVP, Operations, Vertical Bridge; Jim Lockwood, CEO and founder, Aero Wireless Group; and Rob Pegoraro, journalist, USA Today and Yahoo Finance. Moderator: Jason Nelson, executive director, Smart Cities Council.

Value Electronics will host 8K is Coming: What it Means and How to Sell It. Panelists will include: Dave VanderWaal VP marketing, LG Electronics USA, Jim Sandusky, president, SHARP Home Electronics Company of America; Dave VanderWaal, SVP, marketing, LG Electronics; Robert Zohn, president, founder, Value Electronics. Moderator: Jeremy Kaplan, editor-in-chief, Digital Trends.

The Connect2Car Conference, produced by the MEA, will explore the future of automotive technology and examine how autonomous technology will change the driving experience. Panelists will include: Mark Karnes, VP, product marketing and business development, Cedar Electronics; Bryan Biniak, CEO, ConnectedTravel; Matt Jones, Windriver; Chris Cook, MEA; and John Waraniak, SEMA

Gap Intelligence will host Black Friday Trends and examine the biggest trends of the season and what strategies are ready for prime time and which ones might not be living up to the hype. Panelists will include analysts from Gap Intelligence: Scott Peterson, smartphones & voice assistant; Dustin Downs, desktop & notebook computers; Jason Barry, tablets & wearables, Moderator: Rob Stott, editorial director, Dealerscope, CT Lab Global Media.

CE Week is produced in cooperation with IFA, the world's most significant technology trade show that will take place September 6-11 in Berlin. CE Week is the premier North American business venue for connecting key decision makers, retail buyers and sellers in consumer technology. 

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VISTA, Calif. (June 22, 2018) – Directed presented at the Connected Car Show at CE Week in New York, NY garnering media coverage and exposure for its family of connected car products.

The leader in aftermarket connected car and vehicle control, Directed offers a connected solution for almost any car on the road with its Viper SmartStart products. Consumers are able to locate, monitor, lock, unlock, remote start and receive alerts from their vehicles from almost anywhere.

Later this summer, Directed will be taking the connected car off-road with the introduction of the Viper Powersports GPS (VPS450). “The Viper Powersports GPS is a revolutionary product specifically designed for today’s popular powersports vehicles such as ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles,” stated Geoff Weathersby, VP Connected Car at Directed. “The Viper VPS450 provides consumers peace of mind knowing their powersports vehicles are safe and secure when they are away from the vehicle. If the vehicle is moved or tampered with the customer will receive a notification to their phone and they will be able to locate the vehicle using GPS.”

The Viper Powersports GPS is weather resistant and will include a starter kill, accelerometer and a tamperproof backup battery.

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Mobile Electronics Association creates focused event for in-vehicle technologies

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – April 11, 2018 – The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced it is launching a new technology show and conference in conjunction with the popular CE Week show in New York City. The Connected Car Show will be co-located with CE Week New York and will take place June 20-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The focus of the Connected Car Show will be to bring attention and awareness to changing vehicle technology trends on both the OEM and aftermarket sides of the vehicle, and showcase new technologies that can enhance the drive, whether they are factory- or aftermarket-installed. The exhibit floor will feature innovative companies whose connected-vehicle products currently drive the market.

In the accompanying seminars, a series of thought-provoking panels will explore the future of automotive technology and outline how autonomous technology will change the driving experience. In light of recent events, safety and the driver’s changing role will be key issues. In addition, topics will cover how drivers and passengers interact with the vehicle for comfort, entertainment and information.

The new show complements MEA’s existing KnowledgeFest tradeshow series, which informs, educates and supports the practices of retail establishments and technical professionals in the mobile electronics industry. KnowledgeFest is held in three cities—Long Beach, Calif., Dallas and Indianapolis, Ind.,—in February, March and August, respectively.

“The Connected Car Show gives us a forum in front of the automotive industry and covering media to create dialogue that impacts the future of the driving experience,” said Chris Cook, MEA president. “The exhibiting companies, speakers and attendees all have a vested interest in building or delivering products and features that mesh with evolving trends. We look forward to their participation in this important event.”

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About the Mobile Electronics Association

Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) is a trade association comprised of installing dealers and product vendors dedicated to serving the needs of the mobile electronics specialist industry. MEA owns and produces KnowledgeFest®, events in Long Beach, Indianapolis and Dallas that combine educational programming and vendor training with a trade show floor. MEA owns and publishes the monthly Mobile Electronics® magazine, which is the industry’s #1 resource, as well as other digital media, including websites and the industry’s e-newsletter Hotwire. MEA provides software and data-driven services to vendors and retailers.


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CT Lab Global Media is the result of a new partnership between IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, and NAPCO Media, a U.S. business-to-business media company, that offers consumer electronics and home appliances brands an unrivaled platform to connect with retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and buying groups. CT Lab Global Media hosts the industry’s most prestigious events, produces the market’s most creative digital experiences, and publishes the consumer technology industry’s premier magazines and newsletters.


HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK – JUNE 18, 2018 –VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the Company will be attending the 2018 Connected Car Conference at CE Week in New York City on June 20 - 21 to showcase their lines of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Mobile Video and Telematics product lines. The Company will also be participating in one of the panels, ‘Personalization: Upgrading the Connected Car.’

The Connected Car Conference brings together the top thought leaders from automotive, technology, policy, research and media with the focus on the Connected Car. The conference will be to bring attention and awareness to changing vehicle technology trends on both the OEM and aftermarket sides of the vehicle, and showcase new technologies that can enhance the drive, whether they are factory- or aftermarket-installed.

“The Connected Car Category includes a host of safety, convenience, remote start and rear seat entertainment products that are the core of the VOXX Electronics Mobile Group portfolio. VOXX has been an innovator and industry leader in these important categories and will continue developing products to advance the offerings to both our retailers and consumer customers alike,” said Aron Demers, Senior Vice President, VOXX Electronics Corporation.

On display at the conference, the company will be showcasing the latest product offerings in the ADAS, Mobile Video and Telematics product categories.

Advent “Unlimited” Seatback System is designed to be the ultimate in-vehicle entertainment solution, offering limitless content options to users. Loaded with an Android operating system with lighting fast processing power and Google Play Store access to deliver “unlimited” content; movie, video, game and music apps. Both screens are controllable through a touch screen interface, but more importantly, the system can also be fully controlled through an iOS or Android app where the users in the front of the seat can access and control the content being selected for rear seat passengers.

CarLinkBT Long Range adds another VOXX first to the market. This entirely new product allows long range smartphone control without any monthly or annual fees. CarLinkBT Long Range offers today’s most advanced convenience and security solution when combined with a Prestige, Code Alarm or Pursuit remote start, security or keyless entry system. The system communicates from a smartphone to a small one-button transmitter on your keychain via Bluetooth, and then to the vehicle using long range LoRa RF technology, extending its operating range to over one mile without any additional fees.

LOOK-IT powered by Lightwave Technology is a revolutionary wireless back-up camera system that takes the backup camera technology to the next level by combining wireless smartphone technology with high-tech built-in license frame camera. This all-in-one back-up camera and monitor solution, connects wirelessly to a smartphone and turns any iPhone or Android device into the display, allowing drivers to view the footage directly on their smartphone. With safety and convenience in mind, the system will help improve back-up safety, reduce blind sports and assist in changing the way drivers park their vehicles.

VOXX Electronics Mobile Entertainment Director of Business Development, Joe Caltabiano, will be participating in a panel, ‘Personalization: Upgrading the Connected Car,’ taking place on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:15 a.m. in room C2C001, which will explore the challenges to keeping technology up-to-date for the lifespan of the vehicle.

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VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a global supplier of mobile and consumer electronics products. VEC is a recognized leader in the marketing of automotive entertainment, vehicle security and tracking, remote start systems, telematics, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). VEC sells its products through an extensive distribution network that includes expeditors, mass merchandisers, regional mobile electronics chains and independent specialist both domestic and internationally. VOXX Electronics possesses a strong brand portfolio and its products rank among the top ten in almost every category in which they sell. Primary brands include: Advent, Audiovox, Car Connection, CarLink, Code Alarm, Invision, Omega, Prestige, and Pursuit.

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VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) has grown into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, as well as premium high-end audio. Today, VOXX International Corporation has an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and most of the world's leading automotive manufacturers. The Company has an international footprint in Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America, and a growing portfolio, which now comprises over 30 trusted brands. Among the key domestic brands are Klipsch®, RCA®, Invision®, Jensen®, Audiovox®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, Car Connection®, 808®, AR for Her®, and Prestige®. International brands include Hirschmann Car Communication®, Klipsch®, Jamo®, Energy®, Mirage®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, Oehlbach® and Incaar™.

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