Custom electronics professionals (CE pros) are also called “integrators” for a reason, as they can tie together myriad A/V systems, automation and more into one large, seamless home ecosystem.
When New York-based ADR Media Integrators was discussing the possibilities for this home, no matter what would eventually be installed, that was the foremost concern. “The mandate from the client was simple: Make it all work together,” says ADRMI’s Craig Dunnells.
And when we say “all” we’re not kidding, Dunnells adds. The large-scale installation includes integration of 16 zones of audio, seven zones of video, a dedicated media room (with both front projection and a flat-panel display), security cameras (controllable from any zone), whole-house lighting, shade-control, broadband internet access, gaming systems (including Wii and XBox 360), remote content accessibility (including Sling devices), iPod, HVAC and pool/spa control, etc.
“Pretty much everything but the kitchen sink,” he says. The kitchen sink might not be included, but bathroom TVs are integrated like everything else.
ADRMI went with home automation provider Crestron “to get the job done and ensure ‘mission-critical’ operation and rock-solid performance.”
That not only meant that everything could work together, but controls such as touchpanels would give the homeowner convenient and quick access to all of the subsystems—like that media room where the shades need to draw, the screen needs to drop down over the TV, the projector needs lowering and the electronics have to be fired up.
Of course, once the project got rolling, and the owner realized all of the possibilities, the job continued to grow. “It seemed as though every time we were close to completing this project,” says Dunnells, “a new idea was spawned: ‘Can I control this piece of equipment this way?’ or ‘Can I control my spa and pool, as well?’ “
ADRMI’s lead technician and programmer “went with the flow” to keep things moving in the right direction and handle changes thrown at them, says Dunnells.
Make it all work? No problem!
A screen will descend over this display:
While the projector and shades lower:
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