PROCOM-HA-TK-1-KITCHENWhile home automation is clearly the trend in most luxury homes, not all homeowners have embraced these technological advances – especially those who are self-proclaimed to be non-tech savvy. Therefore, Procom’s challenge with this romantic European-set home was to create a simple, easy-to-run home automation system that provided all the conveniences of a smart home without overwhelming its more traditional occupants. Yet, we were mindful to not exceed a very tight budget.

Our first task was to build a wireless network throughout the house for the easy access to the Internet for all family members. Therefore, we created a custom built PC that can be controlled via a wireless keyboard and mouse from any room in the house.

As part of this application, the homeowners also requested they have access to European Television channels. During installation, we made this possible via Slingbox Solo, which is installed at homeowner’s overseas vacation home.

In an effort to keep things uncomplicated yet provide the homeowners with the widely known benefits of a smart home application, we added the following subsystems: burglary alarm, surveillance cameras, and lighting control – all of which are integrated together. All components of this system can be controlled from anywhere in the home via the system remote or an iPhone.

Project Gallery

The installed A/V system contains: (6) independent video zones with HD video distribution, (8) independent audio zones, and (1) surround sound zone. The audio/video sources were: (3) Comcast receivers, (2) Samsung Blu-Ray players, PC, Cameras, and digital music stream.

To keep the home free of unsightly wires and cords and not detract from it’s old world charm, the PC as well as the component video output were installed in the main equipment rack located in the basement of the house. The video output was connected to Sony HD Component Matrix switch.

Recognizing the homeowner’s budget as well as their initial concerns of learning and using this level of technology we kept our installation simple yet meaningful. However, we designed the system to easily incorporate future upgrades as technology evolves and the homeowners become more comfortable using it.

Project Case Study

The goal was to create a unique space for the homeowner, a space to hide from the rest o...

Read more

The general idea of the system was to create a global interface between client and his h...

Read more

Finding a happy-medium for a noisy teenage crowd and a calm get-together for adults is n...

Read more

The first stage of the project for us was to prepare a full inventory of the wired pulle...

Read more

Imagine being able to bring a one of a kind Led Zeppelin concert into your own living ...

Read more

The goal was to create a control system for a busy family with double twins. We have als...

Read more

Time was a big time constraint for that project. We had literally a few days to select...

Read more

There are projects when clients are not really interested in the newest technology. The ...

Read more

A kosher electronics system respects the Jewish holiday. The use of electronic devices ...

Read more

The project was a complete renovation of the existing home. Because of the bad experienc...

Read more

The project was a complete renovation of the existing home. Because of the bad experienc...

Read more

Even if you do not have kids to feed you might enjoy spending time in the kitchen. The h...

Read more

With the goal of putting fun back into the traditional pub experience with an American twi...

Read more

After a chilling cold winter, Chicagoans count the days until they can shake off that cabi...

Read more

Imagine a beautiful 6,000 square foot regal home nestled within the quiet western suburbs ...

Read more

While home automation is clearly the trend in most luxury homes, not all homeowners have e...

Read more

While the notion of home automation brings to mind images of elaborate home theatres that ...

Read more

The client is a big fan of new technologies and wanted to enhance his family lifestyle, in...

Read more