Who Benefits the Most from Smart Home Security?

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From detecting environmental dangers like gas leaks or fires to deterring crime, a security system offers Palm Beach, FL area homeowners the protection they need. For some, this level of protection is not enough. Using modern tools, smart home security provides homeowners with more access to their system and more features that can help keep families safe. In this article, we’re highlight three situations where these extras are essential to securing your property. Continue reading to see if you fit into any of these categories.

See Also: Could You Be Doing More to Protect Your Home?

You’re a Working Parent

With the school year upon us, the schedules of working parents are about to heat up. When you can’t always be home when the children are coming back from school, use smart home security tools to make sure they are safe.

Here’s an example. When the kids unlock the door, your smart door lock sends an alert to your phone. From that point, you can go into your security app and check out the surveillance camera footage. There, you can make sure it’s the kids arriving safely. If the door opens again, you’ll be notified, letting you know if they’re going somewhere or if anyone unwanted is coming in. From there, utilize automation to help you parent right from your desk. For instance, you can block the kids from watching too many hours of TV or accessing inappropriate channels.

You’re a Frequent Traveler

If you’re often away from your home, you probably want a way to check in on your property. Maybe you own a vacation property home that is frequently vacant or perhaps you’re often on the road for work. Smart home security systems provide you access to your home from your devices or computer. If an alarm goes off, a motion sensor is triggered, or someone rings the smart doorbell, you’ll be notified right away.

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How Do You Control Your Motorized Shades?

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One of our favorite smart home technologies is motorized shading. Your home’s windows can have a dramatic impact on how you experience your home. Motorized shades provide you with control over your windows and allow you to decide when you’d like natural light and how much heat enters your home. The value of automated blinds, drapes and shades is lessened if you don’t have a firm grasp over their control. In this article, we’re offering three control suggestions that will help you better utilize this smart technology in your Boca Raton, FL home. Continue reading to learn more.  

See Also: What You Need to Know About Motorized Shades

Using Sensors

Adding sensors to your motorized shades allows them to intuit your needs based on the environment. There are a few sensors that might be helpful for your home, but solar sensors have the most obvious benefits when working with shading.

There is an obvious relationship between the sun and your motorized shades. Solar sensors track the position and intensity of the sun and tell your shades what position they should be in to make your home as comfortable as possible. For instance, as the sun sets, the angles of light are a bit more extreme. Lowering your shades at that point can help prevent glares. Couple your shades with lighting control and your lights can go on to offset the loss of natural light.

Using Schedules

Do you tend to run on a fairly consistent schedule? During the work week, you probably leave the house and return at about the same time each day. Utilizing schedules to control your shades means that your shades are in the proper position without you having to take any action.

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3 Home Theater Upgrades for Your LA Property

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California and Los Angeles, in particular, is known the world over for its massive entertainment industry. So when homeowners want to entertain guests, the best way to do so is with the ultimate home theater. At Audio One we create expertly crafted spaces to provide maximum enjoyment of movies and music. Read on to learn more about three must-have upgrades for your private cinema.

Where Will You Sit?

Think about the amount of time you and your family spend watching movies and television. You’re going to want plush, luxurious furniture that reflects your style and is uber comfortable. Don’t simply shove a couch into the middle of the room and think that’s going to do. For the best movie watching experience, you’ll want theater style seating.

SEE ALSO: How to Build Your Ideal Home Theater

Selecting the right furniture is an important step in planning of your home theater. Seats with high backs could disrupt the flow of the audio from the surround sound system or block the view of other moviegoers. Additionally, the placement of the seats within the room will help determine the size of screen, among other factors of course. Another consideration to keep in mind is the type of material the furniture is made of and whether or not it will reflect light. We’ll pair up with an experienced interior designer who can help meet the technical requirements of theater seating as well as ensure we meet your impeccable style needs. Looking for some inspiration? Check out our gallery of past projects.

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A Look Inside Crestron: The Customizable System

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As the smart home market continues to grow, choosing between systems becomes increasingly challenging. The truth is that every home and homeowner has unique requirements from their home automation system. For your Fort Lauderdale, FL home, why not select the solution that allows for customization. As a highly regarded Crestron dealer, Audio One has experienced the versatility of their programs first hand. Continue reading to learn a few of the ways you can customize a Crestron system.

Pick a Color

We’ll start our journey with a simple example. Crestron offers some of the top motorized shades on the market. They are reliable, easy to operate, and luxurious. Previously, automated shading had a limited catalog of colors and fabrics that homeowners could choose between. What Crestron dealers like Audio One can now do is match the color of roller shades to any color the client wants.

That small detail ensures that your motorized shades are not only functional but also beautiful. Your shades can now add the exact visual impact that you would like, not the result of a compromise.

See Also: What You Need To Know About Motorized Shades

Pick Your Control Method

For a slightly more complicated customization, Crestron also offers a wide variety of control options. The philosophy behind this decision is that technology should simplify your life. With so many control options, homeowners can mix and match options depending on what is best for every space. Let’s consider a few combinations for specific areas of the home:

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Audio One Selected to Design Automation for Mandarin Oriental

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The Via Mizner is a collection of shopping, hotel, residences, and recreation--including The Mandarin Oriental--with one unifying feature: luxury. The luxury life depends upon sleek design, intuitive spaces, and sophisticated simplicity. That’s why the exclusive Boca Raton property chose to include MDU automation in their design models and sales center. When looking for an integrator to help them achieve the highest quality technology, installation, and engineering, Via Mizner could have selected any integrator in Florida. We are honored to say that they chose Audio One. For a look inside this project, continue reading.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental

Across the world, there were only nine locations selected by Mandarin Oriental to host their residences. In Boca Raton, there will be 85 private homes included under the marque. The exclusivity of the address is only matched by the attention to detail in their design. From the choice of materials to the placement of windows, every aspect of your day has been carefully planned out by the designers of these homes. Plus, you have full access the amenities of the Oriental Mandarin hotel including the golf course, holistic spa, athletic club and five-star dining.

The Sales Center

While we all wait for construction to be complete, there is an opportunity for a sneak peek. A soon to open sales center is providing potential residence with the opportunity to tour an 8,100-square-foot sales model. When you enter the space, you are greeted by a doorman, butler, kitchen, bathroom, and bar.

The intention of the gallery is to provide guests with an opportunity to experience what it is like inside of an actual residence--perhaps why the whole thing rang up a 3.5-million-dollar bill. That means hand cut mosaic inlays from Italy along with fine marble countertops.

MDU Automation

There, potential residences will also be able to experience the luxury of automation from Audio One. In MDU, or multi-dwelling unit, automation, intelligent technologies are provided to each individual residence with full centralized control of the building provided to management. What are these technologies?

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Is Control4 Automation Right for Your Home?

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As smart homes become increasingly more popular, there are more and more options on the market. While the variety means that most homeowners can find a solution that works for them, it can also make the market more confusing. A popular choice among homeowners across the country and right here in Miami, FL is Control4 automation. Continue reading to learn more about who the ideal candidates are for a Control4 system and the value of proper installation from an award-winning company like Audio One. 

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What Can Be Included Under a Control4 System?

One of the best aspects of a Control4 system is that we don’t have the time to answer this question fully. To name a few, common solutions include:

  • Automated Lighting: Imagine total control over your home’s lighting. You can create customized scenes that compliment your lifestyle and help you save energy.
  • Motorized Shades: Shades that close automatically help you maintain a comfortable home environment and prevent the Miami sun from damaging furniture or heating up your home.
  • Home Security: Smart home security is easy to use and allows you to check in using a smartphone or tablet from anywhere.
  • Home Audio/Video: Lose the extra remotes. When your entertainment system is under one system, you can experience high-quality audio video systems without the hassle.

Control4 boasts the ability to integrate more third-party devices than any other automation system. If you or your family are already enjoying products like smart thermostats or wireless audio systems, these can be easily integrated.

How Can You Control Your System?

Control4 automation systems offer their users a plethora of control options. Having a system that you and your family are comfortable operating is highly important since this is how you will interact with your system each day. Here are a few of the unique options that Control4 offers homeowners:

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Modernizing Your Apartment Building

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Potential tenants are probably viewing many apartment buildings. How can you make your residences stand out? Building automation allows you to offer more than a discount on the first month’s rent; you can provide a new lifestyle. As you guide potential clients through your premises, they will be able to sample the new simplicity automation will add to their lives, from locking their doors with a smart device to taking a glimpse at the communal theater. By seeing themselves in this new, modernized environment, they won’t want to leave. Continue reading to learn more about bringing automation to your Miami, FL apartment complex. 

Building Upgrades

We’ll start by looking at a few of the upgrades that can be made for the whole building. This could mean comprehensive systems used by all rooms, or rooms that all tenants can use.

  • Networking: Setting up your entire building for wireless does two things. First, it is a huge incentive for residents, who are looking for fast Wi-Fi at home. It also sets up the foundation for all of your other smart technologies. All wireless technologies will run faster with a strong network.
  • HVAC: Smart heating and cooling also have multiple advantages. For one thing, you can maintain a comfortable temperature throughout all common spaces. Plus, you can oversee and monitor your energy use to help save your business money. Individual apartments can have individual controls, so your tenants can have the same advantages.
  • Gym: Having a fitness center in your apartment can be a huge selling point, but having an automated one is even better. A smart gym makes it simple to control everything from the equipment to the temperature to the audio/video entertainment.
  • Theater: Having a dedicated home theater can bring the building together for a cinema-quality monthly movie nights. Or, residents can reserve the space for a private screening. Either way, your tenants will love it.

Apartment Upgrades

Then, there are the automation systems that will improve the apartments themselves. With one remote, a touchpanel, or their smart devices, your residents can control their numerous smart technologies. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Lighting Control: Automated lighting allows your residents to create settings customized to their lifestyle. Dimmers help save energy and find the right lighting. From lights that turn on with your tenant’s alarms to setting the right mood for a party, lighting control simplifies all illumination.
  • Motorized Shades: Automating your shading adds a touch of luxury and convenience to your apartments. Blackout shades can help your residents sleep in on lazy days, or they could open up when residents need to wake up to ease them into the day.

 

See Also: What You Need To Know About Motorized Shades

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How to Attract Customers to Your Palm Beach Store

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As a Florida business owner, you want to do all you can to set your space apart. One tool that you could be missing is commercial AV and automation. With smart technology, you can find novel ways to bring in customers. From smart signs to a strong audio system, you can utilize these devices to make your retail space unique and more interactive. To learn more, continue reading. 

Digital Signs

Before your customers even enter the door, you want to be interacting with them. If you place digital signage outside of your establishment, you can do just that. These are usually screens with a revolving series of images or videos. As the business owner, you can change the image at any time through a computer or smartphone--even if you aren’t in the building.

Unlike traditional signage, you can change these images every day--or even throughout the day--to best reflect what’s happening in your store. If you suddenly decide that you want to offer a special, you can advertise that without having to wait for the sign to be created. You can also incorporate videos or surveys to engage any potential customers walking by.

Audio

The right sound can help establish the tone of your business. You can play the music that best reflects your goods and services as well as what speaks to your customers. But, whatever you play, you’ll want a strong audio system. Work with an audio professional, like Audio One, to map out the acoustics of your space, and decide on equipment. We can help develop a system that utilizes streaming services that you can adjust through your smartphone. Then, you can play what you like and easily make changes depending on the time of day.

If you’re worried about bulky equipment taking up too much room, we know how to properly integrate the audio equipment. You can use hidden technologies, like speakers installed directly into the wall or in the ceiling, to maintain your aesthetics while optimizing your audio.

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Could You Be Doing More to Protect Your Home?

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One of the many benefits of smart home automation is added protection to your home. Smart home security can take many forms, from devices specifically made to keep you protected to common home technologies used to enhance your safety. In this article, we will highlight four such devices or techniques that you can employ to better secure your home and belongings. So, whether you’re at home in Miami, FL or away on vacation, allow smart technology to provide you some peace of mind. 

Surveillance Cameras

When it comes to keeping tabs on your home, nothing is better than smart security cameras. When professionally installed, you should have a clear view of what’s happening on your property--inside and out. What makes our surveillance options smart is the level of control that you will have over them. From a smartphone or tablet, you can receive a live feed no matter where you are. Also, these cameras will be monitoring the area for possible security threats. You will receive alerts if something seems amiss.

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Smart Locks

Your doorway, as the access point to your home, can be very vulnerable. Adding a smart lock is an excellent way to add a little extra protection and peace of mind. Let’s say, for instance, you’re at work and can’t remember if you locked the door on the way out. With a smart lock, you can again employ your smartphone or tablet to check and secure the door if necessary. Plus, you can be alerted when the door opens. This is a great way to make certain that the kids have made it home from school. If you also install a smart camera near your door, you can even check the footage to see what’s going on.

Detection Devices

Of course, you probably already have a smoke detector or even a carbon monoxide detector. But those tools are only useful when you’re in the house. If you want to stay informed, consider the smart version of these devices. If an alarm goes off, you will also receive an alert on your smartphone, and can respond accordingly. Also, consider water sensors. These devices can be placed near pipes to make sure there aren’t any slow leaks that could be causing unknown damage to your home.

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How To Build Your Ideal Home Theater

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You have probably heard the expression: “you can’t have it all.” However, when it comes to enjoying a movie that simply isn’t true: you can have a fully cinematic experience without having to leave your home. You can also have a high performing system that fits in with your home decor. Adding a home theater to your Miami, FL abode allows you to personalize your movie experience in a space that matches your style. To ensure a balance between design and performance, follow these three tips. Continue reading to learn more.

Prepare the Room

One of the most overlooked considerations when designing a home theater is the space. If you are building a new home or have several options, bring a professional integrator into the process of selecting the room. The space can then be optimized for use as a theater by managing the lights and acoustics through the appropriate flooring, furniture and paint colors. Your integrator will combine facets of your style with what will work best technically. For instance, you may like to use lighter colors in your decorating. They can help find a projector that would work for this sort of environment.

If you already have a space in mind, never fear; your integrator can use smart technology to offset any potential issues. For instance, if your space has a lot of ambient light, they can use blackout motorized shades or a special screen.

See Also: Lutron Motorized Shades Cover Your Whole Home With Style and Convenience

Utilize Hidden Technology

Selecting the right equipment is so important to the quality of your audio and visual experience. However, you may not want your gear to define your space. A great way to merge the gap between style and performance are hidden technologies. When it comes to audio, your integrator can utilize hidden speakers that are installed in your walls, ceiling, or both--for truly immersive sound. These speakers will be virtually invisible to the eye but have a powerful sonic impact. Your integrator will create a plan that places speakers in such a way as to make certain all members of the audience are in the sweet spot.

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