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The 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 IV: $330,000 – $355,000

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Date design began: 01-05-06
Date installation was completed: 06-15-07

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FEATURE ESSAY

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

This project started out as a spec home. The forward thinking builder wanted to include home automation elements into the home to help attract buyers and add value to the overall final product. The eventual homeowners were very interested in what we had to offer and upgraded all of the features across the full gambit of home automation elements, from camera integration to media server additions, as well as a dedicated theater. The goal of the project was to offer a fully automated home to include security, audio/video, HVAC, network, and lighting integration.

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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 control system originated as an AMX system utilizing Nuvo as an audio switcher, with minimal control points and the intention to provide scalable upgradeability for the potential homeowner. In this particular case the products sold to the builder were installed before the home was sold. When the home was sold, the owner was very interested in upgrading all aspects of the project. Because of the upgrades, we had to re-engineer the system to allow for many more control points as well as more audio/video zones and three extra surround sound rooms.

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

We had an original design document that was created for the builder, using the architect plans. Using Visio we created our own lighting and low-voltage design. Unlike many other integrators, we offer full in house lighting design which interested the homeowner greatly. We worked with the builder and the homeowners to accent every single architectural feature of the home with lighting. The plan included placement of all decorative and architectural lighting as well as low-voltage elements (security, TVs, phones, speakers, touchscreens, etc.)

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

a. The lighting control system benefits the homeowner by allowing them to turn all of their lights off at night from the convenience of their bedroom. It also allows them to set scenes in the home for entertaining as well as scenes for their typical daily routines.

b. The system is equipped with a Kaleidescape media server which the homeowner uses very frequently. Having a vast collection of movies and music is made usable again for these homeowners who don’t have time in their busy schedules to worry about scouring their collections to find that one movie or CD. Now they can sit back and seamlessly pull up exactly what they are looking for without leaving the couch.

c. The home office has three TVs and a surround sound system. These TVs have the ability to access any source in the rack. The last TV accessed is the one that utilizes the surround sound. The computer in the office can also be brought up on the biggest of the three screens.

d. The security camera system with DVR gives the homeowner the ability to pull up all of the 14 cameras as well as play back activity that is recorded due to motion. This is beneficial to the homeowner for obvious safety reasons but also helps control entry through the gate when someone calls to be let in.

e. This home has over 13 viewing areas including the theater. The audio/video switching function is greatly beneficial to the homeowner for multiple reasons. All of the sources can be accessed at any TV location. The switching also cuts down on cable and satellite receivers as well as local DVD players.

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EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: NI-3100
Product Description: Control Processor

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: NXD-CV10
Product Description: 10″ Touchscreen

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: MVP-7500
Product Description: 7.5 Wireless Touchscreen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: NXD-CV7
Product Description: 7″ In-Wall Touchscreen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: NXD-CV5
Product Description: 5″ In-Wall Touchscreen

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: MVP-WDS
Product Description: Wall Docking Station

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: AMX
Model#: MVP-KS
Product Description: Kick Stand for Touchscreen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: VX-1000D
Product Description: Projector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CW-50mc
Product Description: 50″ Plasma

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: PL-43DHD
Product Description: 43″ Plasma

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CW-43mc
Product Description: 43″ Plasma

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CR-26HD
Product Description: 26″ LCD

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Model#: CMP4211
Product Description: 42″ Plasma

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Hitachi
Model#: 55HDM71
Product Description: 55″ Plasma

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 17LX1R
Product Description: 17″ LCD

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 32LX1D
Product Description: 32″ LCD

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 23LC1RB
Product Description: 23″ LCD

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B & K
Model#: HD6
Product Description: Component Video Switcher

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Autopatch
Model#: Optima 16×16
Product Description: Audio Switcher

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: Kserver 1500
Product Description: Media Server

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: Kplayer-5000
Product Description: Movie Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: Kmusic-4000
Product Description: Music Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Specotechnologies
Model#: DVR-16NT
Product Description: 16-Channel Camera DVR

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Integra
Model#: DTR-4.5
Product Description: 7.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Integra
Model#: DTR-5.5
Product Description: 7.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Integra
Model#: DTR-4.6
Product Description: 7.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Integra
Model#: DTR-7.4
Product Description: 7.1 Surround Receiver

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Model#: HD-XA1
Product Description: HD DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Nuvo
Model#: Grand Concerto
Product Description: Distributed Audio System

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Nuvo
Model#: Grand Concerto Expander
Product Description: 8-Zone Expander

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Marantz
Model#: DV6600
Product Description: Local DVD Player

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: M5300
Product Description: Line Filter & Surge Suppression

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: M5400-EX
Product Description: Surge Protection

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: CW1000
Product Description: Wall Mounted Controller

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: DS12PG
Product Description: Single Gang Scene Point Dimmer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: DS2BPG
Product Description: Double Gang Scene Point Dimmer

Qty: 17
Manufacturer: Vantage
Model#: DS4BPG
Product Description: Quad Gang Scene Point Dimmer

Qty: 24
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: CS60R
Product Description: 6.5 Speakers

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: CS160
Product Description: 6.5 Speakers

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: SM60R
Product Description: 6.5 Speakers

Qty: 20
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: SA60R
Product Description: 6.5 Speakers

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: Stylus 150
Product Description: Outdoor Speakers

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: AMS-250
Product Description: In-Wall Speakers

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Bay Audio
Model#: 900 Subwoofer
Product Description: In-Wall Subwoofer

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: 800DR
Product Description: In-Ceiling Subwoofer

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Bay Audio
Model#: 150W Power Pack
Product Description: Sub Amp

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: Sonamp 275
Product Description: Sub Amp

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: PDR-8
Product Description: 8″ Subwoofer

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: Vista 128BP
Product Description: Security Panel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 4208U
Product Description: 8-Zone Expander

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 6160
Product Description: Security Keypad

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: Aurora
Product Description: Motion Detector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 4100SM
Product Description: RS232 Module

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: BK-2WB
Product Description: Smoke Detector

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: CC-601
Product Description: Heat Detector

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 746F
Product Description: Sounder

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 5883
Product Description: Wireless Receiver

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: 5804BDV
Product Description: Voice Belt Clip

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Paradigm
Model#: Atom
Product Description: Book Shelf Speakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Channel Vision
Model#: DP-0252
Product Description: Door Station

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Channel Vision
Model#: C-0920
Product Description: TE110 Panel Mount

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Channel Vision
Model#: C-0150
Product Description: 50″ Panel

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: ERK-4425LRD
Product Description: 44 Space Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: ERK-1825
Product Description: 18 Space Rack

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: PFD-18
Product Description: Plexi Front Door

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen
Model#: SNDQ110HFH
Product Description: 110″ Screen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panamax
Model#: M1500
Product Description: UPS Back-Up

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Sentex
Model#: Crown Jewel
Product Description: Telephone Entry for Gate

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Sonance
Model#: 1250MKII
Product Description: Audio Amps

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kenwood
Model#: DT-7000S
Product Description: Sirius Satellite Tuner

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 15LW1R
Product Description: 15″ Wireless LCD

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Ademco
Model#: WB200
Product Description: Water Detector

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Universal
Model#: MX-850
Product Description: Remote

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Universal
Model#: MX-350
Product Description: Remote

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: ESL
Model#: ESL40COE
Product Description: Carbon Monoxide Detector

Qty: 14
Manufacturer: Hunt
Model#: HTC-76N/3.6
Product Description: Color Cameras

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TIME AND EXPERTISE:

Client Interviews: 10.5

Electronic Design and Engineering: 25.5

Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 15.5

Project Management: 55

Pre-wire/Rough-in: 350

Trim-out: 200

Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 40

Programming: 190

Final Installation and Calibration: 220

Client Instruction: 10

Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 15

Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0

Project Management by Others: 0

Other time: 0
Describe Task:

Total Hours to Complete: 1131.5

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