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design, supply, install and support...
performers - demanded by serious
clients with higher budgets
*** best value, lower cost
alternatives - for developers with tight budgets
One should maintain a distinction between
nice-to-have (like entertainment)
must-have (safety) systems. Also see NOTE and CONSIDERATIONS below.
We can control audio, video, security &
lighting, curtains, shutters,
door locks, climate/HVAC, irrigation, etc...(lots) by touchpanel, iphone or internet,
using networked devices whose boxes
are often grouped in an
need sensible design and future support.
Such matters are not new to us and we'd be delighted to discuss them with
(but less so with jokers who wish to start their own automation companies).
there is a trend toward using new single-manufacturer products.
newer and cheaper always attracts. New Home Automation installers
in their product line and quote for jobs quickly - but hey, there ARE cautions
All eggs in 1 basket leaves you vulnerable in future - see considerations
Sure, $2 is less than
$3, but if you wish to install automation into your home for
years without regret, your best option may not be the cheapest. Deciding on prices
requires an absolutely equal specification - which is almost always not the
a smooth, reliable implementation well into the future. So better to
compare systems rather than believe the first new brochure, no matter how glossy.
manufacturer needs time and funds to build a reliable, quality product range;
new companies may have a good product but then complete their range with ones
less-good (I see audio distribution using long speaker cables
like 1970!) or less reliable.
manufacturers face software or reliability obstacles with new models;
established manufacturers are more experienced so (a) reduce such risks in the
place and (b) resolve such issues should they occur
*any* company can fail. If this happens to your single-manufacturer
automation company or its regional support, what will you do?
Better to use
established companies with worldwide third-party support which is
easy to obtain
and will continue for many years, same for their
on eBay + used market.
integrate systems from third-party manufacturers (e.g. lighting) which
work well and retain
their own control as a backup, should the home automation fail
automation controllers (e.g. Crestron) have a history of support and
upgrades which new companies do not
be fair and
sure to compare latest, comparable versions of auto systems: a new
company's slim box vs. an established company's new slim box - not from
1 - Cat 5, 6 & 7 in equipment room
2 - centralised
3 - ...for a medium villa
experienced in automation since 1996 and naturally, our earliest clients include
very demanding VIPs. Many new automation products have entered the market
some are viable and can be incorporated. Others are less likely to gain market
possibly causing the company to "exit" and leave the home owner unsupported...
Leadtime is vital to plan and do wiring which still matters - one can't always
rely on radio,
though some enthusiastic readers may dispute this: they may quote and promote
marketing hype, ignoring any caution! But: living in one's own home,
reliability is vital.
We work with the architect and client to reserve space for
room(s), separated from 240V mains and lighting dimming systems. We can
the routing of high-voltage lines to avoid interference and unreliabilty - it
Multiroom systems are ideal for villas and luxury
One central entertainment system
(audio server, satellite boxes, iPod...) can
in many rooms throughout
If necessary, one can also share local sources:
e.g. the CCTV in baby's
this local, not a central source) can be accessible from
the kitchen or wherever....
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