Two of the UK’s leading suppliers of home automation technology – Cornflake and Future Systems – announced today that they have merged. The decision to combine two of the most well-established and prominent custom installation companies will allow the new business, Cornflake, to take full advantage of the burgeoning global home automation market which, after decades as a niche sector, is now poised to take off as a mainstream consumer market, particularly in Europe and the UK. The growth of smart technology in the UK – not least sales of digital flat panel technologies, such as smart phones and smart TVs – combined with the rapid growth of digital audio and video streaming is driving the demand for whole house automation, where users control and manage household services such as heating, lighting, blinds, security, audio visual and data throughout the house by a single button; either in situ or remotely. Cornflake and Future Systems have been providing high quality, premier technologies – including A/V systems; home cinemas; data networks and control systems – in the UK for many years.  Robin Shephard and Samantha Hine are joint owners of Cornflake.  Shephard, CEO, said: “The companies are a great strategic fit – both operationally and culturally.  The merged company will have first-mover advantage in the huge marketplace that is opening up at the top-end of the residential sector.  Cornflake will lead the push towards truly intuitive homes; where technology and innovation are an inherent lifestyle choice.” Gary Lewis, owner of Future Systems and chairman of the UK trade body CEDIA, adds: “The merger marks a dramatic step-change in our ability to compete in the UK and international markets.  Together we have the scale and resources to quickly expand our geographic coverage and offer clients smart technology – backed by round the clock service – that will enhance their homes and lives.  We are very excited to be riding the crest of this large wave.” With home automation set to be the driving force for clients seeking to future-proof their homes, many architects will require a seismic shift in training and product familiarisation to deliver fully integrated builds.  In a bid to win this important market share Cornflake intends to launch a designer-styled, Smart APP-artment in central London in the New Year.  Billed as the UK’s first experience centre – the venue will enable invited clients and architects to road-test the latest technology in a showroom designed to resemble a fully-working modern home.