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Party starting smart technology

Party starting smart technology …With summer in full-swing and the holidays just months away, you’ll probably be hosting some out-of-town guests soon! And while you might be ready for visitors, is your home? Forget about fresh linens and a fully-stocked bar. If you haven’t thought about your home’s technology in a while, it might be a good time to think about investing in tech upgrades

Make sure your home is guest-ready

Whether your less-than-tech-savvy in-laws are visiting for a long weekend or you’re hosting a party that requires a robust system to impress and keep your guests entertained, there’s a lot to think about! You might have mastered your home’s control panel. But, will your guests be able to figure out how to turn the lights on and off and adjust the thermostat before they go to bed? If your lighting control is a confusing combination of switches or your shades are on separate remotes, we can help by integrating your systems into a single remote. Thus, simplifying control for you and your guests.

Don’t neglect the outside!

There’s no better place for entertaining than in your own backyard. Features like a weatherproof LED TV, landscape audio system and elegant, automated lighting can transform your outdoor living area so that you’re ready for football season!

Maybe you already have all the right tech in place, but do you have the service plan to match? Having a proactive service plan with a knowledgeable integrator ensures your integrator will be alerted before any potential problems arise.

Party starting smart technology

Regardless of if you’re entertaining a few or dozens, whether for a night or a week, make sure you have the right smart home technology and a reliable plan in place to make sure both you and your guests are comfortable and entertained.

Music is your internal life soundtrack

Music is your internal life soundtrack …we take music for granted. It has the profound ability to create and resurrect memories, encouraged by doctors to be played in the womb. Also enouraged by pediatricians to be played while children are developing and for Alzheimer’s patients. Stores use that sotthing background music to encourage sales. Spas use it for relaxation during services. Music is the internal soundtrack of our lives whether we realize it or not.

Do I need it automated?

In short, no. However, many of our clients’ homes have music automated into their daily lives. Pre-set playlists and stations set to come on and play at certain times of the day. A client once told me, “once you have had music while showering on a regular baswis – it becomes very difficult to do without”.  It is not something you have to hunt for on a playlist or connect to – it just works. Cooking musix presets in the kitchen are also popular.  If you already have an automation system, you can now manage your music together with your lighting, entertainment and climate controls, without installing new hardware.

Media rooms are a great solution

Media rooms can offer great balance between audio and video components. Finding the “right mix” can be difficult, but here are some tips to get you started. Regardless of your clientele or the soundtrack you want to bring to your home or business, it’s so important to consider how music can enhance and change your physical space. What impact are you hoping to achieve? Relaxation, energy for the gym, etc… Knowing you object as you develop the pre-sets is one of the most valuable time features you can add to your life.





Design Changes Affect AV Placement

Design Changes Affect AV Placement ….It was a perfectly designed AV System for a meeting space. At the touch of a single button, a state-of-the-art laser projector would quietly drop from a disguised ceiling tile. Displaying content optimally scaled to meet the viewing requirements of the room’s occupants throughout the collaborative space. The equipment order had been placed and the trades were scheduled.

And then, deep into the project; a request was made to change a prominent light fixture and consequently, its location.

It’s new position places it directly in front of the projector.  It may not sound like a serious issue but repositioning the projector may require a specialized short or long-throw lens be added. The electrical drop may also need to be relocated, along with moving any other affected ceiling features. Audio visual systems are an integral part of room design and changes to a room’s walls, ceiling, flooring, lighting or furnishings may have a ripple effect that could result in costly change orders and extend your project’s timeline.

Change orders happen and for a variety of reasons

Design Changes Affect AV placement and configuration. Collaborative video conferencing-enabled spaces will feature either a flat panel display, videowall or projection system, along with microphones, speakers, AV equipment and room control device(s). These elements are an engineered system, each with precise locations carefully documented. If, for example, a change is made regarding the conference table size, additional in-ceiling speakers or microphones may be required. Placement of these components may likely affect other ceiling features. This could include fire sprinklers, HVAC, occupancy sensors and lighting fixtures. Switching conference room table sizes also changes the locations of the floor boxes for power and connectivity. While these issues can be resolved through redesign and coordination with other trades, clearly they will impact the project’s timeline and budget.

Furniture that was specified months earlier may have been discontinued or the designer or client may have requested a change.  Regardless of the circumstances, collaboration among stakeholders at the onset of change is the key to successful project outcomes.

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