Gordon van Zuiden says that engineering and installing the best outdoor wired and wireless networking systems, networked cameras, gate control systems, outdoor theaters, lighting control, speakers, and weather stations should all be part of your total home control offerings.
As a residential custom integrator, our main focus is to maintain a rock-solid home technology experience for our clients.
When I started cyberManor in 1999 as a custom electronic integrator focused on providing home networks for our clients’ homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was intrigued by the possible integration of digital photography and the large display of a television screen.
Twenty-one independent custom integration companies from the U.S. and Canada, with a collective revenue eclipsing $70M in 2015, will gather in Dallas, TX, January 27-28, to formulate personalized plans to improve their performance in the coming year.
One of the most common objections to the use of multiple applications for controlling your home is the perceived inability of individual apps to be used for home automation.
At Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference held in San Francisco in early June, Apple made a long-anticipated announcement about its plans for the network-connected home.
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.
Every one of our clients has a smartphone today.
Back in 2002 a Silicon Valley start-up company called Global Cache called on my company and asked us to identify the missing integration “glue” in our IP-based computer and AV systems.
I have dreamt about finding a portable home-theater-in-a-box product for several years, thinking how cool it would it be to have a large-screen entertainment center that you could take practically anywhere–camping, to the beach, a backyard party.
The analog-to-digital transformation of networked home audio video and control equipment over the last decade has dramatically changed the “fire breathing AV rack” of yesterday, as my integrator peer Rich Green fondly used to name this tower of integrated electronic equipment.
Lighting control systems–like almost every other electronic product in the home from thermostats to sprinklers systems–are becoming intelligent IP- controllable nodes on the home network. Over the last decade, high-end lighting control systems, such as those from Lutron, Vantage, Crestron, Savant, and now, Control4, have added IP-based centralized processors for local and remote lighting control.
Our clients now expect that they can enjoy a Netflix movie streaming download to each of the main TVs in their home, and they want to manage and control this content by not only using traditional handheld remote controls but also through an array of iPad-, iPhone-, and Android-based multi-touch graphical devices.
Why Media Center May Be the Only Box That Can Do It All We now live in a technology world with many different DVR boxes from several different service providers that must be integrated into the systems we install. The Windows Media Center, however, is positioned to become the ultimate DVR for the network
Control4’s 4store And Others Enhance Home Control Features As we start the next decade of custom residential electronic integration it’s clear that we have to know as much about software as the hardware that we sell. While it has always been important for us to know the detailed hardware specifications of flat-
Whenever I give a seminar on designing and implementing communications networks for content distribution around the home (as opposed to just installing a more common “data only” network), I inevitably get asked what Ethernet switch I recommend. There are several on the market that support continuous high-definition au