SoundVision

Power Management for Improved Performance and Longevity

Protect your systems from everyday power spikes and system outages

 

Are you covered?

We’ve heard the catastrophic tales of lightning strikes critically disabling a home’s electronic systems. To add to the frustration and expense, these losses are seldom covered under your warranty since the failure was not the fault of the equipment and because additional damage done to circuits is nearly impossible to detect. And the issues with power extend beyond the occasional lightning strike. “Dirty” power, power abnormalities that include voltage variations, frequency variations, low power factors and surges, critically impacts your system’s performance and longevity.

 

Digital Performance

Dirty power creates “noise” across your sensitive audio and video equipment. The external power source may be partially to blame, but so is every appliance, motor-driven and connected device throughout your home as each are drawing power as they cycle on and off. Power quality is compromised during these drops and spikes across a shared circuit.

 

What you don’t see

Sometimes damage is instantaneous and obvious, but often slight damage can occur undetected, weakening the equipment and impacting its performance. Over time, this drain will shorten the unit’s lifespan. Using inexpensive power strips can lead to this type of failure. Not commonly known, many of these devices are “once and done,” meaning that it may be able to protect the equipment plugged into it against one surge, but not against subsequent spikes. So, what if the homeowner were unaware that the power strip had been “hit”, rendering it useless thereafter?

 

Back it up!

During power outages, sensitive equipment such as control processors, will experience an immediate shutdown. As power restoration is attempted, perhaps repeatedly, the system attempts to reboot. This can affect the software and firmware and potentially lose stored content. By providing a battery backup, the processor is allowed to power down on its own and successfully reboot. Lamp displays and cooling fans can continue to run, preventing lamp burnout and overheating. And for the gamer, unsaved games will not be lost!

 

So, how do we achieve clean, constant power? Starting with a robust network, we follow best practices, installing power filters, professional-grade surge suppression and battery back-up. The results are reliable, safe power that improves your system’s longevity and performance while protecting your investment.

Meet Josh, Your Home’s New Interface

The tiny interface that can understand your natural language and connect your whole home

 

You’ve gone through the process of automating your entire home. Your new smart home, outfitted by a SoundVision, is complete with all of the control systems necessary to keep your home in check. But how do you connect it all and make it work for you?

 

Josh.ai is “artificial intelligence as unique as the home it runs,” serving as a whole-home processor, connecting with all of the devices in your network, from pre-existing control systems like Control4, Sonos and Lutron.

 

The interface, designed to fit the aesthetic of any room, can go anywhere and do anything you want in your home. The “holistic interface” allows you to make your home automation smarter, without having to physically interact with it. Equipped with sensors enabling contextual awareness, Josh can help you control the lighting, temperature and humidity in your home to make its automation smarter. These sensors can tell which room you’re in and can adapt its functions using this room awareness.

 

Its touch-sensitive surface works to control event triggers like lighting scenes or volume control — a feature only outdone by its intelligent voice control, which understands natural language. Josh is a luxury voice control system, designed to work with your professionally-installed home automation system(s). It’s leading the industry in natural language processing and uses machine learning to adapt to you and your preferences, making it easier to use.

If you’re serious about automating and connecting your home, make your professional installation work for you. Josh ensures the best experience for you as an end-user as part of your custom design install solution when installed by a professional integrator.

Why Technology Should be Included in the Construction Plan

Strategic planning and implementation of AV & IT will help your business realize the best possible outcomes. 

In today’s hyper-competitive market, AV & IT technologies and infrastructure play an increasingly important role in our day-to-day operations. Businesses depend on technologies to collaborate and communicate with both their customers and internal teams. Technologies integrate our various disparate systems to work as one and connect us to the ever-important Internet of Things (IoT). They gather data, and then help us disseminate and act upon it, making our technologies even more effective. They are integral to our daily workflow and operations and key to our business strategy and success.  So why are they so often overlooked in the design and planning phase of a project?

The purpose of your AV/IT systems is to create a collaborative environment enabling effective, productive meetings for fast, informed decision-making. To maximize its potential, it must be easy-to-use and provide the right mix of technologies along with simple connectivity to those technologies. It will likely include a collaborative platform with wireless connectivity, an interactive display or projection system, an intuitive touchscreen for room scheduling and meeting control, access to power and to the internet. Depending on technology considerations made at the onset of the room’s design, the outcome of this space can be remarkably different.

Aesthetic Integration & Ergonomic Design 

Successful design outcomes begin with the user, focusing on their comfort and accessibility to the room’s features. Users should be able to sit at a conference table, conveniently plug in to a power source, connect to the room’s collaborative devices, easily start a meeting and comfortably view the shared content. Without proper planning however, users may have power cords strewn across pathways to access outlets (a tripping hazard!), fumble to connect to the room’s technologies and struggle to view displayed content due to improper screen size or placement. By determining proper placement in the design phase, infrastructure, power, display or projector and screen and touch panels can be properly located and aesthetically incorporated into the space. This phase also presents an ideal opportunity to review technology strategies and plan connectivity for future growth.

Not only will planning at this phase produce the most comfortable and visually appealingly results, promoting adoption of the technologies, but will provide the best options available while saving potentially costly retrofits and change orders. For example, based on the room’s size and desired projection area, the projector would need to be positioned 12 feet from the screen. If that calculation is not factored in at the onset of the project and a custom, coffered ceiling is designed that dictates the projector be relocated a few feet in either direction, either the size of the viewing area will be compromised, or a specialized lens may be required to accommodate the change, potentially adding cost to the project. Either result is not optimal for the client.

Technology and Interior Design Pros in Partnership

Working in partnership with design professionals for equipment placement, integrated motorized shades, lighting and room control allows for sleek, custom design possibilities. Rather than a fixed installation, for example, the projector may be elegantly incorporated into the ceiling design, extending from a cleverly hidden, automated lift. The screen may also descend from a concealed pocket in the soffit and A/V components may be stowed in a custom built-in credenza or, if conduit has been provided, located outside of the room.  Similarly, power and device connectivity can be offered via built-in table pop-ups, if floor boxes have been made available at the table base. Another critical factor in a project’s success is its installation timeline. A pro will manage the project throughout its lifecycle, coordinating wiring and technology integration with adjacent trades and communicating and resolving any issues that may arise.

Proper planning and coordination with design and technology integration professionals from the project’s inception helps keep the budget and schedule on track while delivering the best possible technology and aesthetic outcomes. Ready to start planning your next project and formulate your technology strategies for 2018 and years to come? Call today and let’s get started!

SERVICE

Clients can expect a response to emails by noon the following business day. For more immediate support, please call (704) 696-2792 extension 2 for Service

Custom Membership

Send us your contact info and we will contact you to discuss our custom membership option.