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ih02c.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level I: $67,500 – $120,000

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Date design began: 07-15-07
Date installation was completed: 03-15-08

FEATURE ESSAY

1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The client’s main concern was central location of all equipment so that all sources were available from any location. They also wanted full integration of all hardware. With a Control4 backbone, Russound Compoint intercom, and network cameras, all hardware plays together. The home features four network cameras, integrated irrigation, integrated front/rear fountain control, outdoor temperature management, fireplace control, interior/exterior lighting control, XM radio, Rhapsody music, Escient 600 disc DVD management, three DirecTV HD-DVRs, 11 zones intercom, 11 zones two-channel audio, two zones 5.1channel audio, and one zone (theater) 7.2 channel audio. All of this content and information is available via any of the TVs or touchscreens throughout the home.

2. Did you encounter any challenges or limitations that required special consideration in the design of the system or placement of equipment? Please describe the control system.

The two main issues we encountered were digital/analog audio distribution and the desire by the client to have a local DVD player that was looped back into the A/V distribution system. To address the first issue we used two separate audio switchers, one for the analog audio and a second for the digital audio. This allowed both audio paths to properly reach their surround or two-channel amplifiers. The second issue of a local DVD player was addressed by locating one of the Escient Vision players in the family room, but feeding its stream back to the A/V switch before displaying it on any TV. This way the player provided the convenience of a locally located DVD player but with the functionality of a networked player.

ih02g.jpg3. Discuss the overall plan you created to accomplish the clients’ requirements.

The initial plan involved preliminary sketches of wiring layout and infrastructure requirements. Consultation with the builder, electrician, Control4 support team, and various technical support departments led to a smooth, successful product launch. At this time all equipment and systems are functioning 100%, and the client is looking forward to the release of DirecTV’s Over The Air antenna box so that high definition local channels will be available.

ih02p.jpg4. Describe the five most used functions of the system and how they benefit the client.

a. Distributed HD DVR – The client has three DirecTV high definition DVRs, one for him, his wife, and their children. This allows them to access any recorded content no matter which room they are in. This is used almost daily so that no matter where in the home anyone is they can easily access their recorded content.

b. Digital Radio – With XM, Rhapsody, and MP3 Meta data and control available on every display in the home, the client can easily search and access any type of music desired at any time.

c. Theater Macro – The theater is very often used by the client for entertaining guests and extended family. With the control system, the client can press one button and start up the theater, set the lighting, display ‘Movie Trivia’, then automatically change over to the desired movie at the first chapter, avoiding menu selection and previews.

d. Button Keypads – The client uses the multi-button/multi-function Control4 keypads for many activities throughout the home. For example, in their baby’s room they use a button to start a bedtime ‘scene’ including baby music and dimmed lighting. Then after a specified time period the audio fades to zero and the light dims to ‘sleeping level’, all with only one button press.

e. Remote Access – Because the home is available online, the client can easily log into their home and confirm garage doors are closed and entry/exit doors are locked (the alarm system is linked to the deadbolts rather than just the doors.) If they see that the garage doors are open they can easily close them from anywhere in the world via a high speed Internet connection.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: JVC
Model#: DLA-RS1
Product Description: 1080p Projector

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: AX-SX37
Product Description: Equipment Access System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: RXV1800
Product Description: 7.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: RXV461
Product Description: 5.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: DirecTV
Model#: HR21-700
Product Description: HD DVR Satellite Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Samsung
Model#: BDU-P5000
Product Description: Blu-Ray/HDDVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model#: DVDS661
Product Description: DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: J15
Product Description: Power Conditioner w/Battery Back-Up

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: H10
Product Description: Power Conditioner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: C2C
Product Description: Power Conditioner

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: HC1000
Product Description: Home Controller

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: HC300
Product Description: Home Controller

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: 16AMP3
Product Description: Multi-Channel Amplifier

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: AVM-16S1
Product Description: Audio Matrix Switch

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: AVM-TUN1X
Product Description: Multi-Tuner w/XM

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: RCZ-SRC2
Product Description: System Remote Control

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: CXM-RCR1
Product Description: Wireless Contact Relay Extender

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: CCZ-T1
Product Description: Wireless Thermostat

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: TSE-3.8C2
Product Description: POE Mini Touchscreen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: KPE-10B1
Product Description: POE LCD Keypad

Qty: 34
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: LDZ-101
Product Description: Wireless Dimmer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: LOZ-5S1
Product Description: Wireless Outlet Fireplace Switch

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: LSZ-101
Product Description: Wireless Switch

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: LSZ-3W1
Product Description: Wireless 2-Button Keypad

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: KPZ-3B1
Product Description: Wireless 3-Button Keypad

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Control 4
Model#: KPZ-6B1
Product Description: Wireless 6-Button Keypad

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Video Storm
Model#: CRM88
Product Description: HDTV & Audio Matrix Switch

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Linksys
Model#: SL224P
Product Description: 24 Port Network Switch

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: D-link
Model#: WBR2310
Product Description: 4 Port Router

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Honeywell
Model#: Vista 20
Product Description: Security Panel

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Honeywell
Model#: Vista ICM
Product Description: Internet Connection Module

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Active Thermal Management
Model#: CAB-COOLER
Product Description: Ventilation Cooling System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 26LC7DC
Product Description: 26

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: TH-50PH10UKA
Product Description: 50

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Samsung
Model#: LN-T1953H
Product Description: 19

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Velodyne
Model#: SC-1250
Product Description: Subwoofer Amplifier

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Velodyne
Model#: SC-IW
Product Description: In-Wall Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Velodyne
Model#: DLS-4000R
Product Description: Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Velodyne
Model#: DLS-3500R
Product Description: Subwoofer

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: RBH
Model#: MC-884
Product Description: In-Wall Speaker

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: RBH
Model#: A-610
Product Description: In-Wall Speaker

Qty: 28
Manufacturer: RBH
Model#: A-615
Product Description: In-Ceiling Speaker

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Card Access
Model#: IGA10A
Product Description: Garage Automation Package

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Escient
Model#: VC-1
Product Description: DVD Client Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Dell
Model#: W1700
Product Description: LCD/Monitor

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vutec
Model#: 103?
Product Description: 103?

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Russound
Model#: ISK2
Product Description: Intercom Keypad

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Russound
Model#: ISH1
Product Description: Compoint 6 Port Hub

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Russound
Model#: ISK3
Product Description: Door Station

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: BB-HCM403A
Product Description: Dome Network Camera with 2-Way Audio

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: BL-C1A
Product Description: Network Camera

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: OnQ
Model#: 364891-01
Product Description: Wireless Access Point

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Escient
Model#: VX-600
Product Description: 600 disc DVD network storage

TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 12

Electronic Design and Engineering: 15

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 4

Project Management: 10

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 61

Trim-out: 19

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 6

Programming: 49

Final Installation and Calibration: 65

Client Instruction: 3

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 2

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 6

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
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Total Hours to Complete: 252

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