Home Automation; Home Control; Systems Integration

But there's more - a lot more! Eliminate wall clutter and enhance your family's lifestyle and safety with the added convenience that a home control system allows. Imagine a single button press at night that (1) turns off the house lights; (2) arms your security system; (3) turns off all audio/video systems. The built-in coordination between a home's subsystems helps you save energy by automatically turning off lights and electronics that are not in use.

A home automation/control system can be thought of as your own personal concierge...it gives you a convenient and intuitive way to send commands to other popular home systems, such as a Vantage or similar lighting system, motorised shade / curtain systems, your iPod or AppleTV etc.

Use Your iPhone or iPad

Besides the various handheld, desktop, and in-wall touchscreens available from both Crestron and Control 4, you can use your Apple iPod or iPad as a home automation touchscreen to control your home from both inside and while on the road or at the office.

A term that we are now all familiar with is the Smart Home. This is more than just audio visual, but encompasses everything that can be connected to a power point - well almost! Often referred to as Home Automation, it includes automation of lighting, security, drapes, heating and cooling systems, household appliances and audio visual components and systems. Of course, with the advent of 'solid-state' technology in the early 1960's it wasn't long before Amplifiers came with the ability to connect a second pair of Speakers, then came the infra-red Remote Control and Home Theatre. At the same time, the PC was getting more powerful and the Internet arrived.

So it has been a natural progression for us to take up the challenge and bring it all together under the one roof. What is interesting is that the three world leaders in this field of Home Automation all started with Multi-Room Audio and have grown from that strong background! Why? Because that's the fun bit. It's why we want to go home. Sure, it's nice to have the garage door open automatically, or the drapes to close when it get's to sunny, but music and movies motivate us - we get excited about them. Well, we do anyway! So here's a brief look at the top three brands that can do just a part or all of the following: (1) Multi-Room Music; (2) Multi-Room Video; (3) Lighting Control; (4) Home Automation. We present them in alphabetical order.

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