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The Core Components of a Smart Building in 2019

January 25, 2019
This year is set to establish a new benchmark for smart buildings in New Zealand, with advancements in technology – particularly sensor technology and data analysis software – enhancing what is possible to accomplish in a commercial space. Already we are seeing smart building technologies ensuring greater efficiency, safety and comfort, as well as helping business and property owners realise cost savings and and key deliverables. In this article we’ve broken down the six key elements of a smart building, and how integration and data analysis will greatly extend what is possible with the technology. HVAC (heating, ventilation, air con): The devices and software that enables users to automate and regulate temperature, heating, cooling, and air quality is a cornerstone of any smart building. Monitoring and analysing enables users to boost the comfort of the occupants while also increasing energy efficiency of the building.   Lighting: Smart lighting is hugely important for both aesthetics and functionality. With a combination of lights, occupancy sensors, window treatments and intelligent lighting controls, users are able to create a healthy and pleasant environment while also optimising energy management.   AV systems and collaboration platforms:  Intelligent and high quality audio/video systems and platforms which enable communication and collaboration are a necessity for every modern business. The best smart building providers offer customisable options, immersive quality, high fidelity speakers and audio distribution equipment so users are able to complete their tasks and communicate with people in and out of the building with ease.   Security systems: Security is becoming an increasingly important part of any smart building. Businesses of today need to be protected against physical and digital attacks, and proactive business owners are planning their security system from the offset. This includes alarms and alerts, access control, security around interoperability and data protection.   Wireless controls: Providing centralised control of AV, room scheduling, voice and data, HVAC, security, lighting and energy management is a robust and intuitive control system. These systems, such as Crestron Fusion software, communicates with control systems on a central dashboard, enabling users to monitor, manage and control everything on a single system – whether they are looking at a single room, the whole building, or the global enterprise.   Energy management: Sustainability and energy efficiency are big topics today and smart building technology providers are incorporating more energy management software and hardware into their offerings. For instance, today systems are available that enable users to track energy use and respond accordingly, reducing overall consumption and costs, getting smart about peak and off peak times, and including clean energy options such as solar power. Each of these components are evolving as technology advances. However, the real game changer is the greater integration of the different components and the ability to extract more detailed and intelligent data about the building and how its used. This means opportunities for better automation and smart decision making to increase the efficiency of the building and the happiness of its occupants.   Advanced sensor and IoT (Internet

Smart homes: entertaining guests and family during the holidays

December 12, 2018
Smart homes: entertaining guests and family during the holidays   For many, December is a time of year to gather together and be reminded of what’s most important: our friends and family. Truly effective smart home companies understand that technology should enable us to live the life we want, with greater ease, efficiency and comfort. When it comes to the holidays this means having a space that lends itself to entertaining, intelligently boosts comfort, and can be managed with the simple push of a button – leaving you to spend time with the people you’re celebrating with. Gather together to watch your favourite movies Intimate moments stay with us for years to come – such as watching our favourite holiday movies with your whole family gathered together. Home cinemas of today bring together several key components to make sure this experience is as good as, if not better and more personal, than what is available at commercial cinemas. Some of these features include audio and video calibration, acoustic treatment, sound isolation, room design, aircon and lighting design, and cinema furniture and interiors. Certain home cinema providers, including Real IT, are able to blend design and technology to create a room that is both technically sound and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you have a specific idea in mind or simply know what you like, certain home cinema designers will take the time to get to know you and your vision to create a room that takes watching movies at home to a whole new level. As many of the elements are customisable the room can be adapted and created for the specific home and requirements, including enhanced sound isolation for a cinema next to bedrooms, for example, or specially sized seats for a cinema with limited space. If a home theatre is not what you’re after, various smart home providers will offer audio and video options that deliver a high resolution movie watching experience to be integrated into your home. With a company such as Crestron, the install includes equipment and software and the final system can be easily controlled with a wireless mobile device. Create the perfect backdrop for your celebrations In addition to the video and audio system, with smart home providers such as Crestron, many key elements can be controlled from the touchscreen device, including lighting, temperature and energy management. When it comes to lighting, sensor lighting that turn off and on depending on movement can be integrated into your home. These lights can also be controlled using presets such as ‘dinner’ or ‘party’ to change the ambiance of a room with one button. Similarly, climate control in smart homes can be easily manually controlled or managed via an automatic setting, ensuring your room is as comfortable as it can be. Another useful feature for the holiday season is energy management, which intelligently tracks what power you’re using and can help save on your electricity bill during this especially busy time. With energy management, you can also power up

Boost your business this 2019 with cloud services

December 12, 2018
Boost your business this 2019 with cloud services   Now is the time to begin planning and prepping for 2019 to take your business to new heights. Cloud services are an excellent way to boost operations, improving efficiency, productivity, collaboration, scalability, security and disaster recovery. Intelligently investing in your foundations, including the right technology, can help you achieve your vision in the new year. Technology that works for you, not against you With cloud solutions businesses can host data, programs and infrastructure in the cloud. This provides a whole host of benefits, including greater flexibility, collaboration opportunities, ability to scale and security. Flexibility is crucial in providing employees with greater ability to get their job done in the way that works for them. For instance, using cloud services can ensure data is accessible via a mobile device anywhere with an internet connection, enabling employees to access files away from the office and make changes to an urgent project even while in transit, or when meeting with a client. Utilising cloud services also means that employees can work on the same project from different locations and communicate about specific files or data, making collaboration easier and more accessible. When it comes to scalability, many cloud service providers are able to provide access to more storage as needed, meaning a business can scale up far more seamlessly, as opposed to having to buy and install equipment or upgrades. For companies that run on a more seasonal basis, being able to scale storage and services up and down as needed could be the difference between a thriving and struggling business. Security and cost savings for peace of mind Security and disaster recovery are significant for any business, no matter their nature or size. When it comes to cloud services, having data hosted in offsite, secure data centers and workstations ensures robust security and supports a clear disaster recovery plan should there be a natural disaster, power failure or unexpected issue. In addition, many cloud service providers will offer a dedicated IT support team to solve any issues that may arise and give access to data again quickly, ensuring operations can continue to run. Furthermore, many cloud services present businesses with the opportunity to reduce IT costs and ultimately save money, as there are less expenses around system upgrades, new hardware or software, wages for IT service people, energy consumption and disaster recovery. Make it work for you In New Zealand, businesses have an increasing number of options available, while security and usability improve all the time. Today, there are options to have all of your data and applications in the cloud in a hosted model, or retain some of your data in owned technology in servers with a hybrid model, and within this establish exactly how you want your files and data to be stored and accessed. Choosing to implement cloud services in your business could see you with fewer technical concerns or maintenance issues for owned hardware or software, while also offering

Energy automation: Levelling up smart homes of tomorrow

October 24, 2018
In recent years smart homes have evolved to provide comfort, entertainment, efficiency and ease of use to homeowners throughout New Zealand. However, new developments mean that smart homes are now integrating energy automation into systems already in place, enabling users to have a home that maximises energy use and reduces their carbon footprint. Why does clean energy matter? Clean energy, otherwise known as renewable energy, generally refers to energy sources or solutions that create less pollution, are more sustainable and are better for our natural environment. Examples of clean energy sources are hydroelectricity via turbines, geothermal heating or electricity, wind turbines, bioenergy from biological sources, solar energy, and marine energy from waves and tides. Solar power is currently most common way to incorporate renewable energy into your home. However, smart home integrators and providers are beginning to incorporate not only hardware elements but energy automation software into their offerings, advancing the possibilities of clean energy for people in New Zealand and beyond. Today, climate change is a high profile topic around the world, and finding smart solutions to generate clean energy in the home and save drawing as much power off the grid could have a ripple effect beyond the homeowner or family, to the wider community, utility companies and even the global environment. Smart homes and clean energy Tools and services designed to boost energy efficiency and sustainability in the home have existed for years, however in recent times these tools have begun to be integrated with smart homes to create a holistic system that significantly increases benefits and functionality. In smart homes of the future, solar and storage energy is incorporated to enhance how energy is used, and communication between devices provides key data points and the means to measure, control and manage energy. Smart software works to understand a home and the unique way it is used, bringing in elements such as load shedding, shaping energy use, using more or less energy on peak or off peak times, and coordinating regular power from the utility-managed electrical grid with alternative energy sources such as solar power. In addition, new energy-focused features can incorporate intelligent energy storage and usage with backup batteries and fail-safe options. When it comes to the home itself, a significant amount of energy is expended through home appliances, air conditioning and lighting. To combat this, smart homes can integrate automatic sensor lights and blinds, temperature sensors and the use of heating and cooling timers, and may even track the usage of each main appliance and give the homeowner the opportunity to schedule use times of these appliances, such as the dishwasher, on off peak times. Energy as part of a total system When integrated with existing intelligent systems, energy becomes another key feature to be accessed and controlled from the central touchscreen panel of a smart home. Homeowners have access to information about their energy consumption and can manage their energy usage as they would their lighting, music, security and other home elements. Crestron energy

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