Behind the Business

CEDIA Tech Teasers

By Maureen Jenson | August 24, 2015

Excitement is building with EXPO 2015 just weeks away, so Residential Systems sat down with several of the industry’s most high-profile manufacturers to find out what they will be showcasing in Dallas, how they see the future, and just what dealer support they truly do offer.

Baldwin, Kwikset Wireless Locks Offer Personalized Luxury

By Lindsey Adler | January 9, 2013

In light of a recent John Sciacca blog metaphor that automated door locks represent “the tip of the automation iceberg” that is going to “save…custom installation,” we thought it would be fitting to check in with another manufacturer in this category.

RTI's Two Decades in Control

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | November 30, 2012

Control systems manufacturer RTI celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, in part, by hosting the 2012 RTI Global Partner Summit, which welcomed some of its most valued international partners from 14 different countries and six different continents.

Tech Tools of the Trade

October 3, 2012

Platinum Tools launched its new VDV MapMaster 2.0 voice, data, and video tester to the CEDIA market during the 2012 CEDIA EXPO, held last month in Indianapolis.

Boosting Your Signal

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | July 9, 2012

Consider this scenario: your high-net-worth client, for whom no expense is ever spared, hears his cell phone ring and immediately runs outside to answer it in the only place where he can get a decent signal.

Some Light on the Subject

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | May 7, 2012

CYRON, a Chatsworth, CA, company with more than 20 years of experience in semiconductors, design, manufacturing, and distribution, now manufactures and distributes solid-state lighting products for use in consumer, industrial, commercial, residential, and OEM applications.

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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,...