Living... We work with our clients to provide systems that will make their building better to live in. This should mean that it is easy to play your favourite music track or radio station where you want to listen to it. The lighting and window shades should be easy to control and efficiently and beautifully light your space. The TV/Cinema system should allow you to relax and watch what you want on whatever screen you wish. I don't want a complex system... The systems we install are always programmed for both the technical wizards and the non-technical visitors. A building has to work for all of its inhabitants. A visitor to your building may need a little help in the first room they visit, but in the rest of the building the logic in the first room should flow into the others so the whole building works as one system.
Sound & Music The sound you want to hear in your building ranges from your favorite piece of music to the latest news on the radio, from a full playlist for a party to total silence. All should be easy to select and control. Whether you want to listen to a real record on a turntable or the latest internet stream, both should be easy to select. We have a vast range of speakers to suit all tastes in music and budgets. A big consideration is the aesthetics of speakers related to the sound they reproduce. We can specify plastered-in speakers, where the actual walls make the sound so you see nothing, to big statement speakers that let the visitor know you like your music. Somewhere between the two of these is the ceiling speaker which again is available in a number of sizes and gives you a semi-invisible sound source.
Cinema & TV The various spaces in a building require different screens. You may have a special place where a full Dolby Atmos 3D surround cinema screen experience is required or just a simple TV in a living space. Both should have access to all of the video sources from Sky, Apple, Netflix, YouTube, Kaleidescape library, etc. In some rooms, you may want the TV to be invisible when not in use. We can specify a number of TV lifts, reveals and drops.
Lighting Control In a word - simple. With light you can totally change the feel of a room. With a good lighting control system these room scenes can be selected at the touch of a key or by voice command.
Curtains & Blinds, Drapes & Shades As dusk settles a smart home will set itself up for the night. The window treatments will close to keep the building safe and tranquil. The system will know when dusk is and as the seasons change, the window treatments will automatically adjust. This will happen whether the building is occupied or not and so is excellent from a security aspect. In the morning the system can be customised to suit each occupant, whether early or late risers.
Visitor & Entry systems Some callers we want, others we don't. A good entry system allows the building to look and communicate with those at the gate or door without being compromised. Sometimes it is good to answer and talk to visitors when we are not at home and a modern entry system allows you to do this via mobile apps.
CCTV It is always good to be able to see what is going on or what was going on! A proper CCTV system can give a level of security safe guarding. We can supply systems with electronic trip wires so you can be alerted to trespassers in your grounds. We can supply the recording system to give a rolling period of time from a month to longer as you require. The system we use, also allows you to look at the cameras live, even when away from the building, and to review the recorded images, all from your phone.
HVAC We can integrate control of Heating and Air conditioning systems from the same systems. Some lighting keypads can act as thermostats to reduce the need for a thermostat on the wall.
What is on my wall? Integration Too many systems can result in many panels and keypads on the wall looking unsightly. Part of what we do is integration. The same touch screen that is used to select your music, can also control the TV, switch the lights, control the curtains & blinds, view the entry system and look at the CCTV cameras. Of course you can also do these operations from your phone or tablet.
Alexa, Siri & Google? To some these are great, to other these are annoying. They are all getting better and may be less annoying in the future. If you want to talk to your system then you can have that now, if you don't then the system will be still be able to, if you change your mind in the future.