Watching Apple

By Gordon Van Zuiden | March 27, 2015

On March 9, Apple announced that it would start shipping its new watch at the end of April with prices starting at $349.

More on the Rachio IRO

By Gordon van Zuiden | December 19, 2014

While the Rachio IRO product is a great leap forward compared to the smart irrigation residential controllers that are currently on the market there are a few items that I would like to see implemented in a future release of their product, as listed below:

Multi-App Home Control vs Integrated Total Home Control

By Gordon Van Zuiden | April 3, 2014

With more than two billion iOS and Android devices and a million-plus apps deployed worldwide, it would be logical to ask how a multi-application control system running on an iPad or Android platform can measure up as a home control solution versus a single app total home control hardware/software solution for clients of custom residential integrators.

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ELAN, Niles-Equipped Home

“With the Niles and ELAN systems in Robert’s new home, there really are no limits,” said Joe Abramo of Custom Automated Solutions.

Front House

“Before automating his entire home, Robert wanted to start small, so we only installed the theater and audio controls, where the Niles Auriel sy...

Back Yard

Abramo has since integrated the homeowner's climate controls, security, surveillance cameras, TV and video, lighting, garage doors, and driveway gates...


Abramo began installing the Niles Auriel system one week prior to the homeowner's move-in date. Abramo said it only took 30 minutes to install and fiv...


The homeowner enjoys the ability of the ELAN system to control all of his equipment from one app that he can access anywhere in the world.


The homeowner said he uses less power on climate controls, since he can shut it off when leaving and turn it back on again when leaving work, so it's ...


“The key is having a good AV/security expert you can trust,” said Robert, the homeowner. “Joe showed me things I never knew existed,...