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6 Benefits Motorized Blinds & Shades Give Your Home

November 23, 2017
Imagine opening or closing all the blinds and shades in your home with the touch of a button. Now stop imagining because this technology exists and is fast becoming the latest ‘must have’ in the world of luxury automated homes and super yachts. Motorized blinds and shades, just like lighting control systems, can be operated by wall keypads, touch panels, smartphones or handheld remotes. Besides being a convenient addition to your home in and of itself, when you add motorized blinds to a smart home control system, they bring a whole new dimension to your overall energy and home management. The 6 greatest benefits that motorized blinds and shades will bring your smart home:   > Reduce your reliance on artificial lighting Why rely on artificial lighting when you can use natural sunlight to brighten a space? Through the intelligence of a smart home system reading the light levels in a room, motorized shades can roll up when it’s sunny to supplement your home’s lighting or allow some lights to be kept off/at a lower intensity to save power. > Warm your space, naturally: Just as you can use the sunlight to brighten a space and reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, so too can you use the sunlight to warm parts of your house and reduce your reliance on the HVAC. Let the shades roll up to allow the sun to heat the room, then automatically roll down when the room starts to get too warm to kickstart the cooling process. > Protect your furniture and décor from harmful UV: Whilst the sun is great for lighting and warmth those same effects can be very damaging to upholstery, artwork and other decorative pieces. Allow your smart home system to keep one step ahead of the sun and automatically lower shades when UV levels are reached to protect your most prized possessions. > Eliminate glare, automatically: Always having to jump up to close the curtains after you turn on the TV? As part of a Movie or TV scene activated on your remote, smart phone or keypad your shades can automatically lower as the lights dim as the AV equipment revs up for the perfect TV experience. > The world’s most luxurious alarm clock: There is no more luxurious way to wake up then to the soft melody of your favourite song whilst your shades raise to reveal a beautiful sunny day. Fall in love with your mornings again. > Access privacy on demand: Have a nosy neighbour or street view into certain parts of your house? Sometimes at short notice, you need to ensure all the shades are closed in certain or all parts of the house. On a smartphone or keypad pushing one button can give you all the privacy that you need in an instant. Considering getting a quote? Here are some best practice guidelines from our in-house lighting and shading experts. When it comes to motors generally, you will have two options for blind and shade

What Makes a Real Home Theatre?

November 14, 2017
When is a Home Theatre not a real Home Theatre?   While a seemingly obvious question, If you are considering investing in a dedicated Home Theatre or Home Cinema room you should know the answer. But do you? If you are like 90% of our customers, then you probably only have half the answer. This unfortunate reality is largely due to the fact that every second HIFI & Audio specialist out there seems to have a different definition of what ‘makes up’ a Home Theatre in the first space. Is it the Hi-Fidelity speakers? The 4K UHD screen? The fancy sub-woofer? A combination? If you are thinking along these lines then you definitely need to keep reading. Quality equipment is only a small part of what makes up a real Home Theatre. In fact, even the most expensive equipment will perform terribly in the wrong acoustic environment. So, lets dive right in and set the record straight. Here is what makes up a real Home Theatre: In summary, to create a real Home Theatre is a feat of engineering and requires years of experience and expertise to get right. There are only a handful of ‘proper’ cinema design companies in NZ and AU but a quote from any of the good ones will cover at least these 7 points. 1. Highly detailed room design documentation To have a real Home Theatre you need the room to be designed based on maths and acoustic principals. This is advanced engineering and requires an expert who is willing to do all the proper documentation. See the room design documentation pictures below to get an idea of what to expect. 2. Proper Audio & Video Calibration In a real Home Theatre, audio and video are calibrated based on the size of the room and the features within it. Great calibration takes expert tools and years of experience. Are they considering all elements in the room? Has the audio reflection and dispersion of the glass window or solid cedar bar leaner been taken into account? If not, even expect the most expensive speakers on the market wont perform ‘as advertised’. 3. Acoustic treatments In line with the previous point without acoustically treating the inside of your room, the sound will bounce around and distort your experience. Great engineers will use acoustic panels, bass traps, diffusers & abortion panels in precise quantities and exact locations to ensure the movie sounds exactly the way the director intended. 4. Sound isolation Even after you have calibrated the room and treated it acoustically, without properly preventing sound from outside the room entering, your experience will still be disrupted. Depending on the room, combating this might include putting in wall, ceiling and floor isolation products. Sound isolation has the added benefit of providing a place for adults or teens to enjoy movies and games late at night without disturbing other members of the house. 5. The use of proper cinema lighting A professional room requires professional lighting, period. To do

What is PABX?

November 9, 2017
PABX in New Zealand, what is it and is it right for my business?   We get so many calls from people asking for PABX phone systems but when we ask them a few more questions, we soon realize that they dont really know what PABX actually means. If you fall in that camp dont fret,  hopefully this post will help. First off you need to understand what PABX means and this is where most people often get confused. To simplify it as much as possible, here is a quick history lesson on how PBX (Private Branch Exchange) became PABX (Private Automated Branch Exchange). PBX is not new, in fact, the concept of PBX in the world of telephony communication started long before electronics became involved in the process. PBX basically started in a room where switchboard operators connected calls manually by plugging one wire into another to complete a circuit. With time, this procedure was improved and one of the first changes was electronic switching. This new procedure replaced the manual switching procedure so it required a new name. Hence PBX became PABX, the “A” signifying the addition of “Automated” switching. Nowadays you will be pleased to learn that there are no manual PBX systems and through a series of brilliant technical innovations, your phone system can enjoy features that the original PBX and PABX systems could never have dreamed of. Things like call conferencing, call waiting, automatic ringback, and many more features now come standard in a typical PBX system. Whats more, most modern PBX systems can use the internet instead of traditional copper phone lines to make calls (A process called VoIP) which provides modern day phone users with even more features at a greatly overall reduced cost. So the long and short of it is today, PABX, PBX and VoIP are all used interchangeably to describe the same thing. A modern business phone system that does everything you want it to at a cost you can afford. Something like this fully featured 3 way video conference ready Yealink VP-T49G  perhaps?          

Why and How Your Business Should Embrace Workplace Mobility

October 24, 2017
Why and How Your Business Should Embrace Workplace Mobility: A untethered workforce that relies on advance unified communication technology is coming fast, whether you like it or not, so if you haven’t been keeping up with the trends, and your business has yet to embrace mobility, now might be time to start playing catch-up. First off its important to remember that there is a BIG difference between a fad and a trend, workplace mobility is not a fad, in fact, this trend has been building momentum for years. The first signs were probably around the end of 2010 early 2011 when Blackberry took email to our pockets and exploded with popularity. Then the trend shot upward again around 2014 when Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hit the mainstream and traditional telecom companies started to lose billions of dollars. Today it continues to rise at an unprecedented rate with 90 percent of businesses in the U.S. offering or expanding to allow for remote working options and some experts even predicting that only 6% of the U.S. will still be using traditional landline networks by 2018. Ok, but what does this mean for your business and why should you care? Mobility can be seen as an entirely new approach to the way we do business and complete our work. Employees of the future are going to expect to be able to work from anywhere, any anytime using just their laptops and mobile phones. To achieve this without losing productivity the collaboration tools we use on these devices must be seamless, almost mimicking the office environment. The toolkit of a modern workplace requires: Unified communications – between emails, IMs, text messages, group chats, and virtual meetings, it’s really easy to lose the thread of who said what when, miss an important message, or spend countless hours trying to track down one specific email. Good team collaboration software pulls everything into one searchable location. Calendar integration – no more manually inputting meetings, tasks, todos or deadlines, so there’s less confusion, less room for error or conflict, and fewer excuses. Activity streams – keep tabs on who’s working on what, so that you know that no balls are being dropped. Remote file access – cloud-based file storage makes working from home or on the road simple, with the ability to open a document anywhere, anytime. File versioning control – the days of attachments flying back and forth and trying to remember who has the most recent iteration are over. A robust versioning feature cuts out all the questions. Often changes can even be made live in-document, with a reliable tracking “papertrail”. Conferencing – solutions which provide conferencing tools go one step further towards integrating all project communication. Screen sharing – whether used for training, presentations or customer service, the ability to jump into someone’s screen from wherever you happen to really streamline explanations, saving everyone time. In practice this may mean using a collection of tools for example: • Moving all storage to the cloud

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