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Get Ready For A Win In The Conference Room

smart conference room
8/9/2017

When we gather to work, we want our technology to work for us, not against us. Businesses frequently come to us to upgrade their conference rooms so that their technology is accessible to employees, clients, and visiting consultants. You can set a powerful scene with control of viewing screens, lights, shades, and your sound systems all from a touch panel mounted on the wall. We can install a system that takes your conference room to the next level.

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Smart Homes Make Life Easier While You’re In Them – And When You’re Not

7/13/2017

Control4 smart home users love the convenience of controlling their home with their mobile phone or keypad. When you're returning home it's great to be able to unlock doors and light up your space. What's also great is that you can take that luxury with you on vacation. Your home can appear to be lived in with "mockupancy" and you can monitor and control access to your house remotely. Take advantage of all of the security and savings your smart home provides even when you're not in it.

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A Brief Guide to High Definition TV Terminology

Home Theater Installation
6/12/2017

Understanding the terms used to describe modern televisions - whether they're HD, UltraHD, 3D or otherwise - is crucial to finding the perfect TV for your home theater. While it can be difficult to learn every term, there are several that, once learned, will give you a firmer grasp of the technology. In this post, we're going to discuss a few of these key terms and, hopefully, help you find the perfect television for your home theater.

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Smart Lighting Solutions From Integrated Smart Technologies & Control 4

Smart Lighting
5/10/2017

As technology has advanced over the years so have the issues caused by artificial light. The good news is that through research and advances in smart home lighting these issues caused by interference of our circadian rhythms can be minimized. In this post, we will look at how different types of light have different effects on our mind and body. 

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Alarm Clocks are Bad: How to Wake Up Feeling Great with iST Bedroom Automation

Home Automation
3/20/2017

Alarms are generally harmful for your sleep cycle. Being woken up suddenly by the noise of your alarm clock is an inherently unnatural experience. Have you ever noticed how you can be woken up after 8 hours of sleep and feel awful and groggy or wake up after 6 hours feeling great and completely refreshed? A lot of that has to do with what your mind is doing when you're abruptly awoken from your slumber.

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Automated Technology Increases Marketability of Homes

Home Automation
2/10/2017

According to a study done by the Consumer Electronic Association, over 85 percent of builders said that smart homes and other automated technology features greatly improves marketability of homes. Builders are always looking for a way to differentiate themselves from the competition, and technology is a great way to do just that. In this post we will look at what makes smart homes such a hot commodity.

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Five Reasons to Get a Home Theater System

Home Theater
1/12/2017

There is nothing better than watching your favorite movie on the big screen, with your food and drink in-hand. What if you could get that same experience, but without the lines, loud people, expensive refreshments, and hefty ticket price? Many people feel that having a theater at their home is just too luxurious for them. That kind of thing is only for athletes and movie stars - well, those people are wrong. In this post we will look at five reasons why you need your own home theater. 

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The Benefits of Using Echo Dot’s Alexa in Your Smart Conference Room

Smart Conference Room
12/9/2016

When most people think of hands-free smart technology, they often thing of its usefulness in a home. Whether its lowering the blinds, turning off the lights, and reducing the heats while they're snuggled in bed, or in the kitchen when people may find their hands full of covered in flour - there are many handy applications for smart voice technology in home, but what about conference rooms? In this post, we will look at a few of the ways Echo Dot captained by Alexa can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your smart conference room

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Three Ways to Easily Improve the Sound Quality in Your Home Theater

Home Theater System
11/7/2016

Perfecting the sound quality of your home theater goes beyond the actual equipment that you buy. Of course, high quality speakers and subwoofers make a difference, but if they're not set up properly they're not going to produce the sound you're looking for. The right equipment setup and tuning can make a world of difference when it comes to your audio quality.

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Control4 Introduces New Smart Home Security and Entertainment Capabilities

smart home security
10/11/2016

Control4, one of Integrated Smart Technologies' partners, recently introduced a new version of their smart home operating system, Control4 OS. This latest iteration, version 2.8, includes a host of new features that improve the system's already robust home security and entertainment features. Announced at the CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas, this version is all about being more flexible and easier to use while also maintaining the high level of customizability that customers have come to expect from Control4 products. Let's take a look at some of the best features offered by the new Control4 OS...

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