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Simplifying Life Through Home Automation Part 1

Simplifying Life Through Home Automation Part 1

SEASON: 2
EPISODE: 6

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Andrew from SoundVision sit down to discuss Part 1 of Home Automation.

“Enhance Your Lifestyle”

We Talk About:

  • What is Home Automation
  • How Home Automation is used in your home
  • Home Automation Possibilities
  • What can be controlled through Home Automation
  • Professional vs DIY Automation
  • Pros of Home Automation

Common Home Automations:

  • Security
  • Lights
  • Door Locks
  • Thermostats
  • Voice Control

To learn more about SoundVision:

https://www.svavnc.com/

To listen to more “Simplifying Life Through Technology” podcasts:

https://www.svavnc.com/podcast/

Life with Fredy Davila from SoundVision

Simplifying Life with Fredy Davila from SoundVision

 

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Michelle from SoundVision sit down with Fredy Davila, our technical engineer at SoundVision. Fredy is responsible for building all the systems and products we install for our clients.

We learn where Fredy is originally from and get to know more about his family at home. Fredy started his career going to school for network engineering. It wasn’t until five years later that he started working with networking at a security company, where he was introduced to audio and video. Learn how Fredy immersed himself in the world of technology. 

We talk about:

  • System design 
  • Cyber security
  • How we as an audio visual company approach passwords 
  • Fredy’s involvement with drones.

Fredy’s hard work at SoundVision does not go unnoticed, he is an asset to our team. 

Check out our website for more information:

https://www.svavnc.com/

Learn more about our team at SoundVision:

https://www.svavnc.com/our-team/

Frequent Apple TV Reset Frustrations

Why do I have to reset my Apple TV so often?

This is a common question we get, and the answer, like most, has both
good and bad news.

The good news is:

  • Apple is a company that makes wonderful products that offer a
    ton of features and services.
  • They are continually updating these products with new features
    based on what you, their customers, are asking for.
  • These features can be updated via the Internet; so, there is no
    need to buy a new device.
  • The cost is minimal. Hey, we make less than $5 when we sell
    an Apple TV. So, there is a HUGE bang for the buck with this
    product.

However, with the good comes the bad:

  • Software updates: Apple frequently releases software updates
    for its devices, including Apple TV. Sometimes, these updates
    can cause glitches or issues with the device, leading to the need
    for a reset.
  • Because these devices are constantly talking online, they
    sometimes get caught in network traffic, like a traffic jam on the
    highway. As such, they need to be reset.
  • App issues: Certain apps on your Apple TV may be causing issues that require a reset.
  • Outdated app versions, conflicts with other apps, or other issues.
  • Network issues: Your Apple TV may be experiencing
    connectivity issues with your home network or internet service
    provider, leading to the need for a reset.
  • Hardware issues: In some cases, your Apple TV may be
    experiencing hardware issues that require a reset to resolve.
    This can be for all kinds of reasons, like gaming, voice requests,
    changing of settings, and much more.
  • Because people learn different ways, we have linked a few sites below
    to help you reset you Apple TV, if needed. The first is a written step
    by step outline from Apple and the second is a YouTube video on how
    to do it. We hope this helps.

Link to Apple

 

Still need help? Reach out to our Service Department here: Service Department

David from Bang & Olufsen Podcast

Meet David Zapfel from Bang & Olufsen

SoundVision Podcast with David Zapfel from Bang and Olufsen 

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark, Michelle, and Zach from SoundVision sit down with solutions and systems engineer David Zapfel of Bang and Olufsen.

We learn how Bang and Olufsen was created, a brief history of the company, and some insight on past and present products. Listen to hear insight on some of the new products we are showcasing at SoundVision. We were fascinated to learn that David has worked for Bang and Olufesn for over three decades!

“A never-failing will to create only the best … persistently to find new ways.”

Topics Discussed:

  • The History of Bang and Olufsen 
  • David’s experience as an employee of Bang and Olufsen
  • First products produced by Bang and Olufsen
  • Bang and Olufsen’s growth and success
  • Zach’s experience visiting the Bang and Olufsen factory in Denmark
  • Products SoundVision showcase

SoundVision Podcast with Michelle Ferlauto

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Andrew from SoundVision sit down with Michelle Ferlauto, our Chief Operating Officer at SoundVision.

As the COO, Michelle oversees virtually all departments at SoundVision and plays a vital role in the day to day logistics of the company. Michelle has filled several roles within SoundVision over time. We touch on her role in creating our Service Membership program and the marketing efforts that brought in a million dollars in business last year.

For over a decade, Michelle Ferlauto has been in the Charlotte Lake Norman smart home industry. Previously with Today’s Audio Video until 2013 and then until 2018 with Interactive Interiors. In understanding how important a good service and process foundation is to the core structure, Michelle has been very successful at cultivating relationships with manufacturers and suppliers while advocating on behalf of her clients best interests.

Michelle discovered her passion for small business’ early on after accepting a position on behalf of the Seattle Police Guild to convert their off-duty program into a non-profit business. She completed the small business administration and finance program at Green River College and most recently, Digital Marketing Sciences through UNC Charlotte. A native of both Coos Bay, Oregon and Palm Desert, California, Michelle has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.

Michelle’s background

Fun facts about Michelle:

  • She has two children – Joey, 24 and daughter Haille, 26.
  • Her first job was for the Desert Post newspaper as a high school student columnist for .13 a word.
  • Michelle founded the Lake Norman Transportation Safety Partnership in response to road safety concerns during toll road construction. She worked with the NCDOT to have over 11,000 dangerous seven pound lane markers removed from the I-77 construction zone.

Simplifying Life with SAFE Podcast

“Streets are not just for motor vehicles. They are transportation pathways used for many types of vehicles, motorized or otherwise. We exist to make these streets safe for all users including bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles.”

On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Michelle from SoundVision sit down with President Kevin Elder and Member at Large John Finney from Street Access for Everyone (SAFE).  

In honor of local cyclist Earl Gillon:

Learn how Kevin and John’s passion for cycling transitioned to promoting change for road safety. Kevin and John discuss the goals and impacts of SAFE and what initiatives they are taking to provide change.

“We are your Lake Norman area advocacy group for safer streets. Streets are not only for motorized vehicles. They are transportation pathways used by cars, motorcycles, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians. We exist to make these streets safer for all users. 

Street Access for Everyone, Lake Norman (SAFE) is a 501(c)(3) born out of a need to increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on our local roadways. This occurred following a spate of accidents involving local cyclists, including the death of a local cyclist, and several local pedestrians.”

SAFE’s Mission:
  • “To encourage and drive advocacy for the safety of all road users.”
  • “To effectively collaborate with town councils and law enforcement in the Lake Norman area.”
  • “To drive positive change and improvements for our current and future road users.”
SAFE Activities and Outreach:
  • “Attend Town Council Meetings.”
  • “Collaborate with Law Enforcement.”
  • “Collaborate with local driving school(s).”
  • “Work with local town advisory boards (e.g., Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board).”
  • “Clear road signs to increase visibility.”
  • “Replace all “Share the Road” signs with ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL)’ signs.”
  • “Educate all road users regarding current NCDOT laws.”
  • “Collaborate with local towns regarding pedestrian and cycling safety issues.”

To learn more about SAFE:

Visit their website: https://safelkn.com/

Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/safelkn/

Read More About SAFE’s Outreach: https://safelkn.com/about-us/in-the-press/

Who are Kevin and John?

Kevin Elder has an extensive background in Engineering. Kevin has been a designer for Ingersoll Rand for almost 30 years. Currently, he designs industrial air compressors for Ingersoll Rand.

John Finney has been an IT Pro for over 20 years. Currently, John works privately in Cyber Security. 

More about the accident that took the life of local cyclist Earl Gillon. 

https://newsofdavidson.org/2020/01/13/22105/pillar-of-local-cycling-community-killed-when-struck-by-car-on-hwy-115/

Check out SoundVision’s Podcast with Kevin Elder and John Finney, as well as our other podcasts, on Apple and Spotify. 

Sue Schober – SoundVision Brand Ambassador

Sue joined SoundVision in October of 2022.  She has spent the past 20 years working with decorators and clients fabricating drapery, curtains, bedding, cushions and pillows to make their homes look beautiful.  She has been living in NC since 1990 with her husband Ken.  She has 2 children Alex 31 and Hayden 28, and a sweet dog named Sandie.

Ethan Durand – Production Assistant

I’m Ethan. I just started here at SoundVision at the start of this year! I enjoy every second of it! I am looking forward to helping continue to build something special here! I was born and raised in Arizona, and I loved my time there in the Valley! I have been here in Mooresville for about 4 years now and continue to enjoy it. On my free time, I like to go to the gym and play basketball and enjoy some late-night games with my brothers! I am currently looking for a school, with hoping to study Sports Management.

Mark DiPietro – CEO and Founder

Mark DiPietro is CEO and managing partner of  SoundVision. He has been involved in the consumer electronics business since the late eighties.

Beginning his audio career in car stereo, he was a product specialist for Kenwood, a manufacturer’s rep for multiple lines in multiple states, before starting his own business.

Currently, Mark manages the visionary planning and business development for SoundVision.

In his free time, Mark is a dedicated father to four sons with his wife Kristen DiPietro.

He is a two time State Championship winning soccer coach for the Christ the King men’s varsity soccer team.

Mark also co-hosts the SoundVision Podcast Series Simplifying Life!

Boone Scanlon – SoundVision Technician

Boone Scanlon - Technician

Boone Scanlon is an experienced data management technician. While he has primarily worked on the commercial side of structured wiring and installation, he has quickly adapted to the residential side. 

A local of North Carolina, Boone enjoys hanging out with his family and friends in his free time and watching his favorite Nascar driver, Kyle Busch.

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