Apple-Based Controls Bring Ease to Living Large
Sophisticated controls from home automation manufacturer Savant make this 30,000-square-foot residence more convenient for daily functions.
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May 03, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery

When your living quarters are as large an airport hangar, simple tasks like turning off the lights before bedtime can be exhausting. That’s part of the reason the owners of this newly built Idaho estate invested in a sophisticated control system. But operating hundreds of lighting circuits is just the tip of the home control iceberg for this slick management system.

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Peppered throughout the property—which includes a guest house, barn, tennis courts, and swimming pool—are 11 flat-panel TVs, dozens of built-in speakers, 11 surveillance cameras, motorized window treatments and motorized gates. The custom electronics (CE) pros from Home Media in Ketchum, Idaho, tied them all to a single Apple-based control system called the Rosie from Savant Systems.

Rosie appealed both to the family and the Home Media crew. “It has the capability to seamlessly sync a wide range of systems, which gave us more time to customize the system to the family’s needs,” explains Home Media president Kevin Carey. For the family, Rosie permitted the use of familiar devices like iPhones to operate all the home’s electronic systems. “They’re also set up to use an iPad,” says Carey. “That will be a device that really runs the whole show.”

There are numerous other interfaces the family can use to monitor and manage the massive estate. A Savant Touch TV in the kitchen, for example, provides a 24-inch screen to view the status of the various systems, issue commands to any device, and display video from a plethora of components located in an equipment rack in the lower level.

Two smaller touchpanels—one in the master bathroom and the other in the party barn—provide the same bird’s-eye view of the property. Or the family can bring up the Rosie control menu on any of the home’s 11 flat panel TVs, including a Runco 103-inch plasma in the movie lounge. With the TVs, they use handheld remotes to navigate and issue commands.

The family of seven can operate each subsystem individually via the Savant interfaces. From the pool and spa page, for example, they can turn on the pump and raise the water temperature. Switching to the audio page, they can choose music to play through of any of the 22 music zones. A quick jump to the lighting page, and they can turn on only the lights around the pool and in the kitchen. In seconds, the place is ready for an evening pool party.

Equally important to this family is the ability to visually monitor what’s happening around the property. One touch brings up a floorplan of the house, where they can see the lights that are on, the position of the drapes, what doors are unlocked and which TVs and speakers are in use. This quick-peek feature is a tremendous help to the family when they’re leaving the house.

“They can see at a glance what needs to be turned off or locked up before they go,” says Carey. “Without that feature, it would take them an hour to check on everything.” One place the owners rarely check up on, though, is the wine cellar. Located off the kitchen, it can only be accessed by entering a secret code into a wall-mounted keypad. Even if someone does crack the code, getting inside would be tough, as the door is completely hidden in the wall paneling.

It’s no secret how much the Savant system has enhanced the family’s lifestyle. Music and high-def video are at their fingertips. And preparing the huge house for a big event takes just a matter of seconds. They can leave in a moment’s notice and tap into the surveillance cameras to check out the action on the basketball or tennis courts. It’s all right there on the screen.

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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

Installers/Equipment List

Systems Design 
and Installation
Home Media
Ketchum, Idaho

Home Size
30,000 sq. ft.

Equipment List
Apc S20BLK AV Power Conditioner With Battery Backup 1
Apple AIRPORT EXTREME Apple Wireless N Router 6
Atlantic Technology 8200E-SR Atlantic Technology THX Speakers,ea 2
IWTS20ESR 5 1/4” Bi / Dipole THX (pr) 2
FWD-110B Dual Swing Arm LCD Mount Black 2
JWD-210B Chief Cynergy Series (26-40 Inch) Centris System Dual Swing Arm
Wall Mounts, Spec. Color
JWDUB Universal Flat Panel Dual Swing Arm Wall Mount (26”-45” Displays) 3
MTR-6241 Fusion Tilt Wall Mount 1
MTTU Thinstall Universal Tilt Wall Mount (26-47” Displays) 1
PAC-501B Pac501 In-wall Accessory. 1
PDR-XXXX Dual Swing Arm Mount W/ Custom Interface 1
PIWRF-2000 Chief Mounts: Piwrf Series In-wall Swing Arm Mount With 15” Extension 1
PNRIW-2000 Pnriw Series In-wall Swing Arm 1
PRO-U Tilt Wall Mount For Large Flat Panel TV 2
Crestron B12-BTNB 12 Engraveable Keypad Button, Black 1
C2ENET-1 10/100 Baset 1 Port Ethernet Card 1
C2N-DB12B 12-button Decorator Keypad, Fits Standard Electrical Gang Boxes and
Decora Style Faceplates, Black
CAEN-BLOCK Network Interface Block For Automation Cabinet 9
CLX- PWS75 Cresnet Power Supply Module 5
CNAMPX-12X60 12 X 60 WATTS Per Channel Intelligent Amplifier 7
CNPWS-75 External Power Supply, 75 Watt 2
CNTBLOCK Cresnet Distribution Block For Termination Of Multiple 4-wire Cresnet
CNT-BLOCK 8 Terminal Hub Block 1
CNX-B12B 12 Button 1 Gang Designer Keypad, With Temperature Sensor 96
CNXBRMO Mono Converter and Bridge For Mono/stereo 12
CNXRMAK Rack Mount Kit For Control Accessories and Power Interfaces 1
PAC2 Professional Automation Control System 1
Dedicated Micros DIGITAL SPRITE 2 1
Direct TV HD Satellite Dish 1
HR-21 PRO Direct TV Satellite With Hd/dvr Capability 1
D-link DWL-2700AP D-link Airpremier Dwl-2700ap Wireless Access Point 1
Everfocus ESD200 3
Extreme Cctv EXPS-008 Power Suply 3
WZ20 All-weather Integrated Day-night™ Lxr Camera 334279 3
Ge Security CC-SCHUB8 Smartcom Intercom Hub 1
CC-SCRS01 Smartcom Room Station 7
PIR CAMERA Motion Detector Camera 3
Gefen EXT-AUD-1000-R Analog Audio Extender(cat 5e) 7
EXT-AUD-1000-S Analog Audio Extender(cat 5e) 7
EXT-COMPAUD-141-R Component W/audio Extender 12
CAMERA WIRE Bundled RG59 + Cat5e + 18/2 Camera Wire 1888
CAT5E 12550
CX2/TEL/DAT Dual COAX + Phone + Data Jack 22
CX3/TEL/DAT JACK 3 COAX + Phone + Data Jack 11
Interconnects By Tributaries For Large A/vsystem 3
Interconnects By Tributaries For Medium A/v System 11
Integra CDC-3.4 6-disc Carousel Changer 1
DBS 30.1 Single-disc Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Player 4
DHC-9.9 THX Ultra2, 7.1-channel 3-zone Preamplifier/processor 1
DPS-5.9 1080p Upscaling DVD Player 2
DTA-9.4 7-channel Pure Digital Home Theater Amplifier 1
DTR-4.9 5.1 Channel XM Ready Two Zone AV Receiver
DTR-5.9 Sirius Ready, 2-zone 7.1 Channel Surround Receiver 3
James Loudspeaker 1000PPT James Power Pipe 10” In-wall Subwoofer 10
109GSP Landscape System 4
110-SDXP On-wall 110sdxp Subwoofer With 1200w Model 6 Rack Mountable Amplifier 1
31CS 3” Full Range In-ceiling Speaker 2
33-TS 2-way Indoor/outdoor Marine W/ Teakwood Finish 6
33-TS-CUSTOM 2-way Bookshelf -indoor/outdoor Speakers-custom Stereo Input 2
62FX James Loudspeaker 82 FX 8” Flush Mount Speaker, Ea. 4
82FX James Loudspeaker 82 FX 8” 2-way Speaker Flush Mount Speaker, Ea.26
QSC 1450 Sub Amplifier 11
QSC302V 70 Volt Amplifier For Outdoor Systems 4
Jandy AQUALINK RS Serial Adapter 1
JL Audio FATHHOM F113 12” In Room Subwoofer 1
Leon Speakers CUSTOM LCR 103 Custom Lcr Speakers For 103” Runco TV 1
HZ313-LR (32”-45”) Left, Right Channel Combo Unit 1
HZ414-LCR (46”-54”) Hz414-lcr L/c/r Combination
HZ414-LR (55”-65”) Leon Horizon Undermount L/r Speaker, 4” Woofer, Custom Built To
Match 60” 2
Lg 19LG30 19” LCD Integrated HDTV 1
32LG40 LG 32” LCD HDTV / DVD Combo 1
37LG30 37” LCD Tv, 720p HD Resolution 1
Linksys SGE201OP 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
SRW208MP 8-port Managed Ethernet Switch
Lutron GRX-CBL-346S-500 Low Voltage Non-plenum Rated Cable
Microsoft XBOX-360 HD Game Console 1
Middle Atlantic Rack System
Monitor Audio GS-10 2 Way Bookshelf
Monster Cable Speaker Cable,
Motorola DCT3400 Dct3400 All-digital HD / DVR Set-top Series 4
Niles MVC-100R Niles Automute Rotary Volume Control 1
Onkyo DS-A2X Remote Interactive Dock For Ipod 3
Ortronics OR-401004788 Blank Filler Panel, 19” W X 1.75” H (1 Rack Unit), Black 5
OR-401004789 Blank Filler Panel, 19” W X 3.5” H (2 Rack Units), Black 5
OR-817007137 Coaxial Panel, 32-port, 1-32, Fconn F/f Connectors 3
OR-MM6706 Mm6 Cable Management Racks, 6.5” Channel Depth, 7’, Black 1
OR-MM6VMD706 Mm6 Vertical Cable Management ““cage”” With Door, 6”” X 8”” X 7’ 2
Panamax GRM-2205 Rackmount Kit / Single High 3
M4300-PM Home Theater Power Management 4
M5400-PM Home Theater Power Management 1
Panasonic TH-50VX100U 50"1080p Home Theater Display 1
TH-65VX100U 65” 1080p 2
Pelco SPECTRA IV SE Ptz Camera 2
Runco DHD CONTROLER Dhd Controller/processor 1
Runco XP-103-DHDXA 1
Russound ST2-XM Smart Tuner With 1 Am/fm Tuner and 1 XM Tuner 1
Samsung UN46B8000 46” 1080p Led HDTV 1
Satellite Usa WBA125F In Line Amplifier For Single Run 2
AOM-016U 16-channel Stereo Preamp Output Module (unbalanced) 3
IDS-110W Rosie In-wall Media Dock (white) 4
ITP-105W 5-inch In-wall Color Widescreen Touch Panel
ITP-112W 12-inch In-wall Color Widescreen Touch Panel
ITS-1001 In-wall Touch Panel Server
ITS-1002 In-wall Touch Panel Servers (2)
OSD-1010 Rosie Osd Control System 9
RFD-1000 Radio Frequency USB 2.0 Dongle 8
RMF-1200 Rosie System 12 (base Configuration With Integrated Host) 1
RSC-0007 Rosie System Controller (rsc-0007) 3
RSC-0025 Rosie System Controller 1
RTR-1000 Contemporary Remote Control 8
SAVANT APP Rosie Aplication For Iphone and Ipod Touch
TTP-109B 9-inch Tabletop Touch Panel (black) 1
TTV-1024 Rosie Touch TV 24-inch HD LCD Display 1
Sharp LC-46E77U 46” 1080p LCD TV 1
LC-52E77U 52” LCD HDTV. 1080p 1
Sonance A4SM Metal Grille 2
8” Square Acoustic Enclosure 92481 2
ASAP1 Auto-local Source Switching Amplifier 2 Chan 20wpc 1
SYMPHONY S623TR In-ceiling Speaker With Pivoting Basket and Tweeter 8
VIRTUOSO-834D 8” 3 Way In Wall Speaker With Sonic Eye and Aluminum Drivers 4
Speaker Braket For 6” Visual Performance Speaker 4
VP65S Visual Performance Series 6” Speakers 4
X4S Architectural Series X4s 2
Z8S 8” In Ceiling Square, Architectural Series 6
Toshiba 26” LCD HDTV 720p 60hz Black 1
Toshiba 32” LCD HDTV 720p 60hz Black 2
Tributaries HDMI-20M 9dh-150 Tributaries Series 9 Hdmi Cable, 20 Meter 1
PWRS-T1 1 Mini Rotating Outlet 12
PWR-T10 Tributaries 10 Outlet Surge Protected Power Strip
Universal Remote Control MRF-260 Mrf 260 RF Base Station 1
MX-850 Home Theater Systems Remote 1
Velodyne IMPACT-10 Subwoofer 1
Viking ES-1 Keyless Entry And/or Card Reader Entry For A Single Door 2
HID-2 Keypad For Entry For Viking Es-1 Systems 2
Xantech 781RG 12v DC Power Supply 1
AV-61 Audio/video 6-way Distribution Amplifier 7
Xm Radio SBA-1 XM Radio Sba In-line Amplifier 1
XMPRO-500 XM Sat. Radio Commercial Amplified Antenna 1

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