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Simple and Intuitive Control for Second-home Monitoring

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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 VI: $800,000 – $2 Million

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Date design began: 01-06-07
Date installation was completed: 02-11-08

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FEATURE ESSAY

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

The client wanted a home where all the control to operate the house worked as one in a simple and intuitive manner. This is also a second home, so monitoring the systems of this mountain home from the main sea level residence was essential. The home is a re-creation of a French country chateau from the architectural design to the beautiful interiors. Incorporating a seamless integrated state-of-the-art home within the design parameters was also a consideration when designing the system.

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.

One of the biggest challenges is the outdoor grotto. The grotto was built to house an indoor spa. There are no windows, it is made out of rock and concrete, and it is very humid. The system has to control the spa temperature, distributed audio and video, local and outdoor lighting, and a waterfall. All wires had to be run through conduit because of the concrete walls. Touchpanels had to be waterproof and embedded into the concrete. A special box with a Plexiglas window and its own AC system was built for the TV, which hangs from the ceiling.

In the home there are two lifts for pop up TV’s which could in no way restrict the mountain views. All had to be custom engineered and put into custom cabinets. Existing mechanics and furniture were too bulky.

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

The plan was to design a complete intuitive system for the house, making it as simple to use as possible. The house includes distributed video, distributed audio, lighting, water features, fireplaces, surveillance, security, phone system, HVAC, and home networking.

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

a. Distributed Audio – Nothing is localized. Each member of the family can access her/his own Kaleidescape movie choices and DVR.

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b. Distributed Video – Again it is user based and there are several request players throughout the home as well as individual iPod docks.

c. Lighting – Controlled throughout the house on various touchpanels and keypads. Scenes are set for different rooms, hallways have pathway lights, outdoor lights monitor the property, and there is a touchpanel by the side of the bed that can shut it all down when retiring.

d. Integrated Security – The security system can be viewed from touchpanels throughout the home. Once the alarm is set, if anything is compromised you can view the touchscreen to see the problem.

e. Global Control out of State – Monitoring the home systems from out of state is an invaluable function. Making sure the departing guests turned down the heat, turned off the lights, set the alarm etc., can all be double checked and controlled.

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EQUIPMENT LIST:

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DPI
Model#: dVision 30-1080p
Product Description: Projector

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DPI
Model#: DPI 2.3 – 3.7:1
Product Description: Projector Lens

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DPI
Model#: dVision 30
Product Description: Infrared Remote

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: DVDO
Model#: VP50 Pro
Product Description: Projector Video Scaler

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Stewart Filmscreen
Model#: Vista Scope
Product Description: 2.35:1 Motorized Vertical Masking Screen

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: KSYSTEM
Product Description: Hard Drive Movie Base

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: KUPGR
Product Description: Hard Drive Server Upgrade

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Kaleidescape
Model#: KSUB-Life-Movies-Music
Product Description: Lifetime Software

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Classe
Model#: SSP-600
Product Description: Surround Sound Processor

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Classe
Model#: CA-5200
Product Description: 5-Channel Amp

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Classe
Model#: CA-3200
Product Description: 2-Channel Amp

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CT8
Product Description: Left & Right Speaker

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CT8
Product Description: Center Channel

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CT8 DS
Product Description: Surround

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CT8 sub
Product Description: Subwoofer

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: APC
Model#: S-15
Product Description: Power Conditioner

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC 8
Product Description: Handheld Touchpanel

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CP2E
Product Description: In-Room Processor

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: MRK
Product Description: Racks w/Custom Faceplates

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vimco
Model#: Drape Track
Product Description: Motorized Drape Track

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: Livelink Model 50
Product Description: Cables

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: HPC 2m
Product Description: Cable for Scaler, Hard Drive Storage

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: CL2TW
Product Description: Cable

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: TBPlus Bricks
Product Description: Network

Qty: 21
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: ML2
Product Description: Cable

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: ML50
Product Description: Cable

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Transparent
Model#: HDL 2m
Product Description: Cable

Qty: 15
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ML-600
Product Description: Handheld Remote

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-15L
Product Description: Tablet

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS 2000/TPS-WPK
Product Description: Wall Remote w/Waterproof Case

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPS-3100LA
Product Description: Wall Remote

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: WP-48
Product Description: Waterproof Remote

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: APAD
Product Description: Adagio Wall Pad

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC 15
Product Description: Docking Station

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: 12-Button Keypad
Product Description: Keypads

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: PRO2
Product Description: Shared Processor w/RS, IR & Ethernet Card

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNPWS75
Product Description: Power Supply

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNT-block
Product Description: Connecting Block

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CP2E
Product Description: Control Processor for HVAC

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: PW-2420RU
Product Description: Power Supply

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: QM-RMC
Product Description: Control Module

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: ST-RMK
Product Description: Shelf

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNRFGWA-418
Product Description: International Gateway

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: TPMC-15
Product Description: Back Box

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: E-sommelier
Model#: E-sommelier
Product Description: Wine Management Deluxe Package

Qty: 30
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CCM80
Product Description: In-Ceiling

Qty: 10
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CCM65
Product Description: In-Ceiling

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: WM-4
Product Description: Weatherproof Outdoor

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CCM628
Product Description: In-Ceiling

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: CWM800
Product Description: In-Wall

Qty: 3
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CNX-BI-PAD 8
Product Description: Audio Preamp

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: AudioControl
Model#: 375
Product Description: 12-Channel Amp

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CEN-IPOD
Product Description: Docking Station

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Audio Request
Model#: F2 800
Product Description: Digital Storage Device

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: XP-65-DHD
Product Description: 65″ High Elevation TV

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CR-32HD
Product Description: 32″ TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: SP-60
Product Description: 60″ TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CR-26HD
Product Description: 26 ” TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: CX-40HD
Product Description: 40″ TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Runco
Model#: PL-50XA
Product Description: 50″ Plasma TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Samsung
Model#: LN-S1952
Product Description: 19″ TV

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: LG
Model#: 32-LC7D
Product Description: 32″ TV

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: B&W
Model#: FPM6
Product Description: Speakers

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Vision Art
Model#: Vision Art
Product Description: Picture Lift

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Auton
Model#: 1004-PM
Product Description: Motorized Lift

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PLP-200B
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: MSR-6640
Product Description: hanging bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: MTR-6241
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PST-U
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: FSM-4101
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: MWR-6124
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Chief
Model#: PSM 2042
Product Description: Hanging Bracket

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Auton
Model#: 1002-PM
Product Description: TV Lift

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Auton
Model#: 1001-P
Product Description: TV Lift

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXTDA 200
Product Description: Processor

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXTD7690
Product Description: Wireless Phone & Cards, Battery etc.

Qty: 12
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXT7633
Product Description: desktop/Wall Phones & Cards etc.

Qty: 8
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXTO141
Product Description: Call Station

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model#: KXT7775
Product Description: Doorbell

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Speco
Model#: DVR-8TN/1.5TB
Product Description: Processor

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Pelco
Model#: SD418-F-EO
Product Description: Outdoor Cameras

Qty: 2
Manufacturer: Middle Atlantic
Model#: MRK
Product Description: Rack w/custom Faceplates

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Extron
Model#: MAV Plus 1616HDA
Product Description: TV Video Switcher w/Wire Adaptors

Qty: 4
Manufacturer: Kaliedescape
Model#: K-Player 5000
Product Description: Hard Drive DVD & CD Players

Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Satellite Dish
Model#: AT-9
Product Description: HD Satellite Equipment

Qty: 18
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-TSTATW
Product Description: Thermostat

Qty: 5
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-THSTATW
Product Description: Thermostat w/Humidity

Qty: 7
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-RTS
Product Description: Thermostat Sensor

Qty: 6
Manufacturer: Crestron
Model#: CHV-RTHS
Product Description: T-stat Senor w/Humidity

TIME AND EXPERTISE:
Client Interviews: 40
Electronic Design and Engineering: 168
Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 45
Project Management: 217
Pre-wire/Rough-in: 297
Trim-out: 112
Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 102
Programming: 377
Final Installation and Calibration: 920
Client Instruction: 4
Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 24
Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 300
Project Management by Others: 125
Other time: 0
Total Hours to Complete: 2731

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