Preventative maintenance

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Preventative maintenance

A common misconception in Home Automation is that when making a large investment in a Home Automation system, the system should be trouble free without any preventative maintenance.

When someone invests in a new luxury vehicle, they do not expect that   vehicle to continue to run without proper maintenance, some manufacturers are including a maintenance plan in the purchase price.  Electronic equipment is manufactured and placed in a Box and sent to a warehouse for storage until it is purchased, in the mean time the manufacturer continues to make updates to the equipment.

For instance when you purchase a new flat screen TV, did you know that in most cases the firmware needs to be updated to get the latest features and as new features are added new firmware is released.

If that flat screen TV is not connected to a Home Automation system the user does not notice any changes, but when it is connected to a home Automation system the changes that were made sometimes will affect the communication between devices making the system unresponsive.  The home owner will blame the Home Automation system.

There are several levels of equipment, starting from the equipment that is sold in Big Box stores such as Best Buy and then the equipment that is only sold to industry professionals. The lower level equipment is priced lower because it is designed to be obsolete and replaced within a year or two.  Most devices at this level will not communicate and will not accept firmware updates.  The higher level equipment is designed to communicate with more devices and to be kept longer because it is a part of a larger system; the manufacturer designs new features and releases updates, upgrading that older piece of equipment with the latest features.

With preventative maintenance your investment continues to have the latest and greatest features, this is not to say that the equipment will not become obsolete.

Many consumers feel that the Custom Electronic Contractors or Custom Electronic Consultants like Vsys Automation specify the higher price equipment based on price alone.  We specify this equipment keeping Design, Communications, and latest technologies in mind (keeping in Mind the Highest Value for our customers) unlike the contractor that Low Bids with equipment that will most likely be obsolete by the time the project is complete.

I have learned by trial and error that “You get what you pay for”.

jmota

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Crestron is PROCISE with it’s High-Definition Surround Sound Processor

Most of you reading this who went to CEDIA this year will know exactly what I am talking about when I say, with all the audio video manufacturers in the world, there is definitely not a shortage in high-quality, high-performance home theater processors on the market today. Only PSPHD PROCISE, the high-definition surround sound processor from Crestron, delivers all the features you need to address the array of design challenges of the high-end custom market.

For those who have never been to CEDIA, CES, EHX, InfoComm, or any trade show of this nature then you may be a little confused, let me just say that during the time you spent reading this sentence another idea in the audio world was just formed. But I digress; Crestron’s PSPHD PROCISE is designed to please the most discerning audiophile or movie fan, with exclusive features that will especially inspire the audio design professionals amongst us. Features like Audyssey MultEQ® XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume enable calibrating a complete 7.3 speaker system to perfection.

Crestron’s PSPHD PROCISE Integrates modern design with vintage style VU (Volume Units) meters?! That’s right, the dual front panel VFDs display “mechanical” VU meters and spectrum analyzers, providing real-time signal monitoring along with a ton of other data to keep you informed throughout setup and operation.

Key Features:

  • Professional 7.3 surround sound processor and preamplifier
  • Designed for high-end home theaters, audiophile listening rooms, boardrooms, and auditoriums
  • Handsome appearance befitting the most high-end theater or living room
  • Dual front panel VFDs display real-time analog VU meters or spectrum analyzers
  • Setup, control, and monitoring enabled via front panel or Crestron PROCISE Tools software
  • Features Audyssey MultEQ® XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume
  • Works with Crestron CCSTK Professional Surround Sound Tuning Kit
  • Decodes Dolby® TrueHD 7.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1 HBR formats
  • Includes balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connections on all outputs
  • Available graphic or parametric EQ and delay adjustment on each theater output
  • Extensive bass management through three independent subwoofer outputs
  • “Double Bass” feature enables routing LFE to the main L/R channels
  • Extensive signal steering for custom applications and speaker configurations
  • Separate stereo and mono down-mix outputs for recording or multi-zone
  • Six HDMI™ inputs support 7.1 HD multi-channel audio and 1080p60 video
  • Features QuickSwitch HD™ technology for low-latency switching
  • HDMI output contains HD video plus unprocessed 7.1 or 2-channel downmix audio
  • Supports HDCP to ensure compatibility with protected sources and equipment
  • One AES/EBU, four optical, and six coaxial digital inputs
  • Ultra low noise up to 125 SNR via AES/EBU in and balanced out
  • One balanced XLR and eight unbalanced RCA stereo analog inputs
  • One 7.1 multi-channel analog input
  • Integrates perfectly with Crestron DigitalMedia™ products via HDMI in and out
  • Integrates cleanly into multimedia presentation and telepresence systems
  • Includes three mix inputs for connecting mic mixers, teleconferencing codecs, paging systems, and audio signal generators
  • Mix inputs feature independent EQ, notch filters, gating and compression
  • Native Crestron system integration via Ethernet or Cresnet®
  • Extensively programmable, with numerous presets and assignable defaults for most settings
  • 3U 19″ rack-mountable (rack ears included)

The PROAMP-7X400 7-channel amplifier complements the PSPHD perfectly; delivering a heart-pounding 400 Watts per channel, yeah that’s right 400 watts per channel, with XLR balanced inputs, Cresnet and Ethernet connectivity, and seamless control and monitoring through the PSPHD front panel.

As soon as I can get my hands on this, I definitely will be pairing it with the PROAMP-7X400 7-channel amplifier & some TOTEM in wall/in ceiling speakers…Vsys is  definitely going to have the best sound system on the block!!!

Procise Receiver

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Go Green with Crestron’s “Green Light”

Audio, Video, & Lighting oh my! These are just a few types of products that Crestron controls, not to mention switchers, processors and all the sleek interfaces they have created since 1971 when they were founded. With all these products in my home, I wonder how much energy I am using or money I am spending?…Wouldn’t it be convenient to know this kind of information, especially during this economic downturn?

Introducing “Green light” from Crestron, an energy monitoring solution for Crestron Lighting, HVAC, and of course Energy consumption for equipment connected at the outlets. Managing energy consumption & realizing real cost savings must extend beyond lighting and thermostats. A large portion of energy waste comes from Audio Video equipment being left on when not in use. Integrated within a Crestron controlled environment, even personal workspace devices such as computers, printer, desk lamps can be programmed to automatically shut down.

When connected with third party devices “Green Light” is capable of monitoring Natural gas, Solar energy, water, and also displaying current energy usage, energy and water flows, total consumption, money spent and return on investment figures in real-time, this real-time tracking allows a Crestron system to automatically dim lights or conserve power once you reach certain thresholds you have programmed into the system, with a little help from your Crestron programmer ;)

Crestron Green Light technology provides environmental management and control to conserve energy and lower costs.

As the global leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential solutions, Crestron develops products and automation solutions that are RoHS compliant and meet ASHRAE & LEED standards.

Crestron products and systems may help achieve LEED certification points in:

Sustainable Sites

Water Efficiency

Energy & Atmosphere

Indoor Environmental Quality

Innovation & Design Process

Crestron also makes a line of “Green Light” products specifically to work with this system, such as their iLux, Shade and Drape controllers, Wall box Dimmers and Switches, table top Controllers, Gateways & Repeaters, Thermostat’s, Sensors, Automation processors, ETC…

Even now as you are reading this, Crestron’s “Green Light” is being implemented all around the world, helping people build a better, more energy efficient world. Not to mention saving energy & money, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to do that?

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Enable your Home to make decisions, so You Don’t have to!

Press Release

VinoSystems LLC

Specializing in Home Intelligence

For Immediate Release

Affordable Home Control

Prodigy™ by Crestron, the most respected and trusted name in home automation, is control without compromise. Installed in more homes worldwide then all other brands combined, Crestron is the global standard in luxury homes. Backed by Crestron quality, expertise and support, Prodigy provides the power and scalability you’d expect at a price you can afford. Now every house can be a Crestron home with Prodigy.
Prodigy offers you affordable, simplified control of your home and entertainment from any room in your house or any place on the planet*. Keep all your music, movies, lights, thermostats and security at your fingertips where ever you are and wherever you go. You are always in touch and in control with Prodigy. Make your home the perfect sanctuary where you can escape everyday stress. Just a simple tap of your finger brings you serenity, comfort, convenience and pleasure. Prodigy does all the thinking so you don’t have to.
Starter Package includes control of your television, Blu-ray/DVD player, surround sound receiver, six lighting zones and thermostat. Entire system controlled with 1 LCD Handheld Remote and iPhone/iPod Touch**. Starter packages are expandable for full functionality.
Starter Packages are available now installed and programmed starting at $3,750.00. Offer ends October 1, 2009.

*high speed internet required
** iPhone/iPod Touch not included

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Carbonite

33 Cups of coffee ago. I started working on a new GUI for our touch panels. Code name “New GUI.”
Armed with a white board and a arsenal of erasable markers I started to design the new interface that would later be named “Carbonite.” I started making sketches of how I wanted my D-pad to look. Post-it’s(can you even pluralize Post-its?) lined my desk and walls, full of notes and dimensions. At one point I realized one of my designs looked like Iron man’s arc reactor so I scrapped that idea. I came up with about 10 designs and shortly after finishing each I realized that I didn’t like any of them. So I grabbed another cup of coffee and continued sketching ideas. Everything started to fall in to place. i finally reached a point where i need to make an iPod interface. David started to make each piece come to life in photoshop, with me looking over his shoulder and complaining how that’s not the exact shade of blue I wanted. Well he put up with me and we started piecing together every page. We finished it and decided that it needed a name, Apparently “New GUI” wasn’t as creative as I thought it was. I picked the name Carbonite and we “voted” on what it should be called. It should be stated that by voted I mean that everyone Else’s opinions where not even considered. We have implemented our new gui at Energy plus‘ napa store. Please go check it out.
-Edit- 35 Cups of coffee now.

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Wine Cave

Things are really starting to come along on this project. More info coming soon. Bad photos taken by my iPhone.

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The only solution for the digital age

There’s no question that the digital age is here today. The products you’re using now won’t work for much longer. Crestron DigitalMedia is the only soution that answers the challenges of tomorrow-today.
Crestron has released and is shipping its revolutionary new DigitalMedia™ product line, the only complete, integrated solution that manages, controls and distributes all analog and uncompressed digital content over twisted pair or fiber. The core of a Crestron DigitalMedia (DM) system consists of matrix switchers, repeaters and receivers. Flexible and modular, DM matrix switchers accept every type of signal and transmit them long distance as digital DM signals. Exclusive built-in QuickSwitch HD™ technology pre-authorizes HDCP keys and maintains a constant handshake for fast, uninterrupted HD switching. At the end points, DM receivers output HDMI and control to the display. Crestron DigitalMedia is the only solution that answers the challenges of tomorrow – today.

Instant HDMI switching. Not only does it handle the one to many HDMI/HDCP problem, but the delays in source to source switching – delays that everyone encounters using a reciever or any single display switch – are gone. Switching is almost instantaneous. The display doesn’t go through another handshake.

Mixed Fiber + Copper. Less than 100′ or okay to use a repeater? Use copper. Over 100′, use fiber. Mix and match in the same switch.

Integrated USB extension. With the combination of USB + HDMI in/out we get remote placement of computers + gaming stations without losing flexibility of use or control. A game station can live inside a family room but be used in the playroom too. Or the console can live in a rack and all the controllers plug into a plate inside a family room end table cabinet. Or your laptop plugs into the office but a small keyboard lives in the kitchen and the bedroom allowing you to pick up the display there. And so on…..
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Crestron Mobile™ Now Available

Now available as a free download from the iTunes® App Store, Crestron Mobile for iPhone keeps you Crestron-connected, wherever you are. An intuitive graphical interface enables seamless control and management of climate, lighting, shades and security systems. View room and device status and adjust control features in a primary residence, vacation home, and office in real time, communicating via the 3G or Edge cellular network (or Wi-Fi, where available).

iphone and ipod Touch Crestron App

iphone and ipod Touch Crestron App

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The one to rule them all!

Crestron booth was nice. I talked to a guy out of the Cypress office that informed me that someone makes a 3rd party device that does intercom over ip… so I can get intercom working on the TPMC-8X’s!!!

-David

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In the Beginning…

OMG! We walked into the actual Expo after a few classes and were amazed by how big it was. It was so cool, we lost track of time and ended up missing a training we were signed up for. The Crestron booth was the first thing we saw when we walked in. They were introducing many new items. I finally got to see a 6X up close, and it was sweet! They even had it in white. Free beer, so you know Neil and Johnny were all over it, leaving me as the designated driver, since Steven is 12 yrs old. Lol!

-David

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